Lot 94: A lot of 6 varied ancient animal amulets
December 4, 2016
Montrose, CA, USALive Auction
The California Museum of Ancient Art is de-accessioning lot # 94 to raise funds for its Ancient Art Acquisition Fund in order to build its growing collections.
A lot of 6 varied ancient animal amulets. Lot includes some interesting pieces including – 1). A Near Eastern red steatite amulet of a ram, late 3rd – 2nd Millennium BC, with nicely detailed head, vertical hole through the back for suspension. L: 13mm. (0562). 2). A Near Eastern bronze amulet of a rooster, 2nd Millennium BC, of lively form with deep olive green patina and suspension loop at back. 20 x 18mm. (1703). 3). A rare Near Eastern crème marble amulet of a horned goat, Late 3rd – 2nd Millennium BC, with large circular eyes and long tapering horns, vertical suspension hole through the back. (0457). L: 27mm. 4). A Near Eastern black steatite amulet of a bull, late 3rd – 2nd Millennium BC, with grooves on the sides of the body, vertical suspension hole through the back. L: 13mm. (1275). 5). A Sumerian crème marble head of a fox, c. 3000 – 2500 BC, with alert ears and circular eyes, suspension hole through neck. 21 x 16 x 18mm. Nice desert varnish. (0399). 6). A beautiful Anatolian lapis amulet of a bird, c. 2nd Millennium BC, with detailed head and feathers in the tail. Quite the delightful piece! L: 12mm. (0834). A nice group with mixed animals 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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