Lot 95: A group of 5 ancient animal amulets
December 4, 2016
Montrose, CA, USALive Auction
The California Museum of Ancient Art is de-accessioning lot # 95 to raise funds for its Ancient Art Acquisition Fund in order to build its growing collections.
A group of 5 ancient animal amulets. Lot includes a nice mixed group including – 1). A Sumerian crème marble bull, c. 2500 BC, with rectangular-shaped carved body and detailed head; holed through legs for suspension. L: 22mm. (0644). 2). A Near Eastern mother of pearl amulet of a frog, 2nd Millennium BC, with detailed legs and light deposits; holed at end for suspension. 22 x 13mm. (0331). 3). A Near Eastern red steatite amulet of a horned goat, late 3rd – 2nd Millennium BC, a nice example with vertical hole for suspension through the back. 17 x 14mm. (0649). 4). A very rare Bactrian grey-green steatite amulet of a game hen, 2nd Millennium BC, with beautiful detailed body and suspension hole through the back. L: 34mm. (0702). 5). A beautiful carnelian amulet of a lion, Susa, c. 2nd Millennium BC, of nice form with detailed head and holed beneath body and between legs for suspension. L: 16mm (0810). A nice mixed group with varied types, localities and material! Ex-East Coast private collection; Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art, acquired 1989.
The California Museum of Ancient Art was founded in 1983 to gather the first collection focusing exclusively on the Ancient Near East in Southern California. Representing the geographic regions of Egypt, Mesopotamia and the Levant from approximately 3500 BC to 500 AD, the museum's goal is to tell the stories of the peoples of the Ancient Near East and their cultures and to promote a better appreciation for the roots of Western Civilization. The museum aims to do this in a way that is both historically accurate and user friendly and, most importantly, meaningful to the general public. From the influential peoples of Sumer, Elam, Babylon, Assyria, Hittite Anatolia, Canaan, Philistia, Israel, Judah, and Egypt of the Pharaohs to the beginnings of Rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity, the aim is to bring these ancient peoples to life—actively engaging visitors by allowing the museum's ancient artworks and written texts to tell their amazing stories.
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