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Lot 96: Pair of interesting ancient amulets, semi-precious stone

Auction 55: Fine Ancient Artifacts Winter Sale

by Ancient Resource LLC

December 4, 2016

Montrose, CA, USA

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Description: The California Museum of Ancient Art is de-accessioning lot # 96 to raise funds for its Ancient Art Acquisition Fund in order to build its growing collections.

A pair of interesting ancient amulets in semi-precious stone. Lot includes a Near Eastern chalcedony amulet of a fish, 2nd Millennium BC, white with band of orange, hole for suspension through side. L: 21mm. The second piece is a well-carved lapis amulet of an animal claw, Bactria, 3rd – 2nd Millennium BC, with curving point and decorated with incised lines. 13 x 7mm. Ex-East Coast private collection; Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art, acquired 1989 (0827 & 0055).

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.

Condition Report: The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Interested bidders are strongly encouraged to request a condition report on any lots upon which they intend to bid, prior to placing a bid. All transactions are governed by Ancient Resource LLC's Conditions of Sale.

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