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LOT 0221

GBP (£) 30,000 - 40,000
EUR (€) 35,000 - 46,660
USD ($) 38,690 - 51,590

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Western Asiatic Sassanian Stag Money Box

8th-9th century AD

A hollow-formed substantial bronze figure of a stag standing with head erect, antlers poised horizontally each with four tines and a bifid crown, low-relief fur texture to the chest, lentoid eyes; longitudinal slit to the junction of neck and back; hinged door to the flank with fastening lug. 2.5 kg, 23.5cm (9 1/4"). Fine condition; door-hinge bent.

Property of a London gentleman; formerly with Naxos Art Gallery, London, UK; accompanied by a metallurgic analytical report, written by Metallurgist Dr. Brian Gilmour of the Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford, report number 146266/HM1363; and a detailed report by Near Eastern Art expert Prof J.W. Allan and a copy of the purchase invoice from Naxos Art Gallery dated 12 October 1986 (£35,000).

See Trever, K.B. & Lukonin, V.G. Sasanidskoe Serebro, Moscow, 1987.

The slot in the animal's neck indicates that it was intended to serve as a money-box, being of a size suitable to accept early Islamic dirham coins of 28-30mm in diameter and up to 1.8mm in thickness. The lateral hinged door allows the coins to be retrieved without damaging the container, in contrast with contemporary ceramic containers which had to be broken open for this purpose.

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