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Sale 82

The Fall Manuscript, Collectibles, Stamp and Space Memorabilia Auction


Ancient Near East
 
 
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Lot 1345
Persian, Amlash. Bronze Ram, ca. 1000 BC. A small bronze figure of a ram with two long curling horns, a small beard, and tail, wearing a necklace, two earrings with carnelian beads. It is stylized and beautifully depicted. Both horns have been expertly repaired. Height: 3"; Length: 4 ½".

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Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,200.
Ex Grant Collection Beverly Hills, CA, ca. 1970's; Found in tomb on the south shore of the Caspian Sea.

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$1,800
Lot 1346
Sumerian. Clay Cuneiform Tablet, ca. 2nd - 1st Millennium BC. This tablet is made from very fine grain pinkish clay shaped in to a rectangle, clearly inscribed on both sides. It is completely intact and includes a reference catalog number, R5(or S) 332, for a translation that is now lost. Length: 1 ¼"; Width: 1".
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
Maple Drive Collection, 1983 - 1989.

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$360
Lot 1347
Persian, Amlash. Large Zoomorphic Rhyton, ca. 1000 - 800 BC. A hollow vessel in the form of a humped bull, with a cylindrical body and a prominent neck hump, the muzzle extending into a long spout, with long horns and small ears below, vertical ridges for the dewlap and tail, on four tapering legs. A rare and fine piece for this size. Intact with some minor restorations. Length: 13 ¼"; Height: 14".

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Estimated Value $3,500 - 4,000.
Ex collection of David Anavian, Los Angeles, acquired in the 1980's.

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$4,428
Lot 1348
Persian. Luristan. Two Piece Bronze Finial depicting the "Master of Animals", ca. 1000 - 800 BC. The top has two faces on the central anthropomorphic tube, the upper most wearing a necklace and a girdle, his hips and legs making up the base of the finial. The flanking heads, grasped by the hands of the central figure, have leonine jaws and a cock's comb, a cock's head faces outwards at the base of each neck. The bottom piece is a bell shape with cylindrical neck and flat flared top. A choice example with great style and detail and mounted via a pin to the bottle-shaped base, which is topped by a wide, flat disc. When attached - Height: 13 ¾".
Estimated Value $800 - 1,000.
Ex Ohio collection formed in the 1960's.

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$1,169
Lot 1349
Near Eastern. Golden Calf Suckling Mother, 22 Kt Gold, Achaemenid Style, ca. 600-500 BC. This piece is an exquisite masterpiece. It is of unknown origin, nevertheless, it perfectly embodies the Achaemenid style. The artistic quality of this piece is incredible with its depiction of the mother cow is so precise and her segmented horns and ornate collar are eye catching. The calf kneels under the mother with mouth wide to feed. The work of art is intact and free of repairs. Height: 1 ¾"; Length: 2"; Width: ¾". Weight: 36 gm.
Estimated Value $4,000 - 5,000.
Ex Dr. Benson Harer Collection, Superior Galleries February 15, 1973; Ex Professor Hans Holzer (New York), Parapsychologist.

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$9,840
Lot 1350
Near Eastern. Terracotta Astarte Figure, ca. 600 BC. Near Eastern figurine of a goddess, most likely Astarte. Astarte is a fertility goddess and in this fragment she is depicted nude wearing a wig with a large headdress and big discus earrings. Length: 3"; Width: ½"; Height: ¾.
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
Maple Drive Collection, 1983 - 1989.

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Lot 1351
Persian, Amlash. Ram Pouring Vessel, ca. late 2nd Millennium BC. A vessel in the form of a ram, with curved horns and ribbed decoration around its body. A charming piece with expert restoration to neck. Length: 8 ¾"; Height: 7".

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Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.
Ex Los Angeles private collection, acquired in 1960's.

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Lot 1352
Three Babylonian and Byzantine Antiquities. A Babylonia Hematite Cylinder Seal, ca. 1925-1595 BC. Presentation scene of a standing goddess in patterned garment holding a spear and facing a king. A small dancing male figure behind with star, eagle and other symbols. Size: 10 x 25 mm.; Byzantine Bronze Symbolic Amulet, ca. 4th-12th Century AD. Very rare amulet with various religious symbols on one side and a magic square on the other. Worn but mostly legible. Size: 26 by 36 mm.; Byzantine Bronze Stamp Seal, ca. 7th-9th century. Greek inscription: ΠIOAPZΠΣΩIIZ with a cross above. Size: 15 mm. (Only the Cylinder Seal is shown).
Estimated Value $500 - 600.
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$660
Lot 1353
Persian. Large Turquoise Glazed Ceramic Bowl, ca. 13th Century AD. A large bowl with central floral design and leaf-like decorations around the rim. Painted in a strong turquoise and black colors and glazed. Seldom seen in this size! Some expert restoration, but a very attractive piece! Height: 3 ¼"; Diameter: 12 ¼".

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Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,300.
Ex Dr. Paul J. Vignos Jr. Canton Ohio acquired in the 1960's.

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$953
Lot 1354
Anatolia, Hittite. Cast Bronze Axe Head, ca. 2nd Millennium BC. A rare blade with narrow center and flared end, the cutting edge rounded. The base with tabs at each end and the tang rounded for attachment into a shaft. Height: 7"; Length: 2".
Estimated Value $600 - 800.
Ex Collection of Axel Guttmann (1944-2001), Berlin, Acquired in Munich in 1994.

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Lot 1355
Persian. Three Bronze Spearheads, ca. 1500 - 800 BC. Double-edged leaf shaped blades; mid-ribs, smoothed; shaft, conical sockets with two diametrically opposed holes for securing to the rest of the spear.
Estimated Value $600 - 700.
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Lot 1356
Persian. Two Bronze Spearheads, ca. 1500 - 800 BC. Two double-edged leaf shaped blades; one, has a smoothed mid-rib and conical socket shaft; the other, does not have a mid-rid and the shaft is a folded socket.
Estimated Value $400 - 500.
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Lot 1357
Persian. Bronze Spear head, ca. 1500 - 800 BC. A long double-edged blade with a smoothed mid-rib; shaft, tanged to a point. Length: 14 1/8 inches (35 ½ cm).
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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$148
Lot 1358
Persian. Brown Spear Head, ca. 1500 - 800 BC. A long double-edged blade with a smoothed mid-rib; shaft, tanged to a point. Length: 14 inches (37 cm).
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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Lot 1359
Persian. Bronze Dagger Blade/Spearhead, ca. 1500 - 800 BC. A short double-edged blade with a smoothed mid-rib; shaft, tanged with a complete pierced hole and truncated partly through second a hole. Length: 8 3/8 inches (21cm).
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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$180
Lot 1360
Persian. Bronze Dagger Blade / Spearhead, ca. 1500 - 800 BC. A short double edged blade with a smoothed mid-rib; shaft, tanged and truncated about two inches from blade. Length: 10 ½ inches (27 cm).
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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Lot 1361
Persian. Bronze Spearhead, ca. 1500 - 800 BC. A short leaf shaped, double-edged, blade with well defined mid-rib; shaft, tanged but truncated half inch from blade. Length: 14 inches (37.3 cm).
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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$148
Lot 1362
Persian. Bronze Dagger / Spearhead, ca. 1500 - 800 BC. A double edged blade; shaft, a flat tang with a pierced hole for attachment, full and rounded at the end. Length: 10 7/8 inches (25 cm).
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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$148
Lot 1363
Persian, Amlash. Bronze Spearhead, ca. 1200-1100 BC. A sizeable spearhead in the style of an Amlash Type 1 spear. Has with an elongated, leaf-shaped double-edged blade; mid-rib, broad with inwardly curved shoulders; shaft, square tang that tapers to a flat end. This is a sturdy heroic weapon with a few nicks in the blade, showing some battle use. Length: 16 inches (40.5 cm).
Estimated Value $500 - 600.
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Lot 1364
Persian, Amlash. Bronze Dagger Blade / Spearhead, ca. 1200-1100 BC. In the style of a Type two Amlash blade with smoothed center rib; shaft, tanged pierced for haft or spear attachment. Length: 11 inches (28 cm).
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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Lot 1365
Persian, Amlash. Bronze Dagger Blade / Spearhead, ca. 1200-1100 BC. In the style of a Type two Amlash blade with smoothed center rib; shaft, tanged pierced for haft or spear attachment. Length: 12 5/8 inches (32 cm).
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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$148
Lot 1366
Scythian. Iron Dagger, ca. 6th-5th Century BC. A rare long double bladed dagger with blade and hilt forged into one piece. Exhibits usage and age. Length: 11½".
Estimated Value $600 - 700.
Ex Royal Athena Galleries, New York, acquired on the Munich Art Market June 2008 from private German collection.

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$690
Lot 1367
Syro-Hittite. Bird-headed Astarte Figurine, ca. 3rd Millennium BC. A light brown clay fertility idol with the face of a bird, pointed nose and very large eyes, wearing a crown and two necklaces; arms are outstretched and body is a long simple column. Mounted in a clear case with removable top. We note some damage to the bottom right side and the head has been reattached. Height: 8"; Width: 3 inches. Dimensions of case- Height: 10"; Length: 5"; Width: 5".

Astarte was a female deity from the Mesopotamian area which spread to many other cultures in the Mediterranean. Astarte was associated with fertility, sexuality, war. These attributes have stark comparisons with the female deities: Ishtar, Aphrodite, Venus, and the Etruscan Uni-Astre (Juno).

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Estimated Value $500 - 750.
Maple Drive Collection, 1983 - 1989.

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$600






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