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Lot 2484: Western Asiatic Plaque with Harpist

Antiquities: Day 4

by TimeLine Auctions

December 9, 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: 20th-17th century BC. A rectangular baked clay plaque with low relief motif of a seated musician in long robe playing a harp. See similar piece in Louvre museum, France, AO 12453. 94 grams, 10.6cm (4 1/4"). From a German collection; acquired on the German art market before 1990. In whole area of Ancient Mesopotamia, music had a vital social and religious function. It was an important part of evens both official,ceremonial and religious. Most likely every palace and temple had its own professional musicians and musical instruments such as harp, lyre, lute, reed pipe and drum. [No Reserve]

Condition Report: Fine condition.

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