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LOT 0328

Estimate
GBP (£) 5,000 - 7,000
EUR (€) 5,770 - 8,080
USD ($) 6,520 - 9,130

Opening Bid
£4,500 (EUR 5,192; USD 5,870) (+bp*) Add to Watch list

Huge Western Asiatic Sassanian Style Limestone Relief

Late 19th-early 20th century AD

A very large limestone relief in two parts with ropework-bordered roundels; central figure of a king on horseback turning in the saddle to shoot with his bow at a leaping lion; the king with crown and flowing mantle, recurved bow drawn to maximum extent, sword in its scabbard at his waist-belt, horse-harness with heart-shaped pendants and decorated saddlecloth; fragment from a larger frieze. 420 kg total, 160 x 144cm (63 x 56 3/4"). Fine condition. [2]

Provenance
Property of a North London gentleman; previously with Robin Symes Gallery, Mayfair, before 1999; available to view at our Harwich head office only.

Footnotes
The king is shown here delivering the famed 'Parthian shot', whereby the upper body is twisted to release the arrow over the horse's rump. The use of the bow meant that both the rider's hands were occupied with aiming and releasing the arrow, while the absence of stirrups and body facing the rear required superb horsemanship. This manoeuvre is the origin of the English expression 'a parting shot' for an insult delivered wile leaving or retreating.


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Auction Venue:
The May Fair Hotel London
Stratton Street
Mayfair London, W1J 8LT

Viewing from noon Monday 27th May 2019
Champagne Reception: 6pm - 9pm

Tuesday 28th May 2019 (Day 1)
10am : Lots 1 - 660

Auction Venue:
The Court House
363 Main Road
Harwich, CO12 4DN

10am GMT Start (Lunch 1.30 - 2pm)
Wednesday 29th May 2019 (Day 2)
Lots 700 - 1400
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Coins: 3401 - 3579
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