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Lot 2332: Western Asiatic Bactrian Jar with Figural Scene

Antiquities: Day 4

by TimeLine Auctions

December 9, 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: 2nd millennium BC. A carved chlorite(?) jar with high-relief image of two oxen tied to a tree, inverted nude male between them. 222 grams, 64mm (2 1/2"). From an important private London collection; formed in the 1970s and 1980s. Vessels made from steatite or chlorite have frequently been found at early to mid-third millennium BC sites in Mesopotamia, Iran, and along the southern shore of the Persian Gulf. On the island of Sarut, in the Gulf, sites have been discovered where large quantities of the raw material, unfinished and completed vessels, which would indicate that this was the centre of manufacture and from where they would eventually be disseminated through international trade. Motif on these vessels vary from scenes of animals, mythological creatures and deities, to representations of textiles and wool - important commodities to the emerging Empires at the time. Important animals, apart from sheep and goats, were bulls who were associated with important deities associated with rain and fertility. The nature of the representations would suggest that these vessels were used in religious ceremonies.

Condition Report: Fine condition, rim chipped. Very rare.

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