Lot 2322: Western Asiatic Elamite Sceptre Finial
December 9, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 3rd-2nd millennium BC. A hollow-formed bronze tubular finial with calves' heads; the tube slightly expanding towards the socket with deep shoulder and constricted rim, circumferential bands and foliage ornament, finial formed as two addorsed calves' heads with feet below. Cf. sceptre finial with calf-head detail in Muscarella, O.W. Bronze and Iron. Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1988, item 395. 216 grams, 11.5cm (4 1/2"). Private collection, London, UK; formerly with Persepolis Gallery, Mayfair, London, UK; in the 1980s. During the Old Elamite period from the third to the second millennium BC, the works of art produced were strongly influenced by the art of Sumerian and Akkadian Mesopotamia. The images however, particularly those of animals and fantastic creatures, are rendered in a distinctive Elamite style that is characterised by naturally rendered forms and decorative surface patterns.
Condition Report: Fine condition, one foot absent, small casting flaw.