Auction 19.03.1997

Christie's
New York, East

Date of the auction: 19.03.1997

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THIRTY-TWO MESOPOTAMIAN & EARLY DYNASTIC CYLINDER SEALS

THIRTY-TWO MESOPOTAMIAN & EARLY DYNASTIC CYLINDER SEALS Circa 3200-2334 B.C. Including Late Uruk/Jemdet Nasr seals, circa 3200-2900 B.C., three depicting seated figures, twenty-four with various geometric motifs; and Early Dynastic seals, circa 2900-2334 B.C., one with an antelope, an ibex and a

Lot #: 1

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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TWENTY MESOPOTAMIAN CYLINDER SEALS

TWENTY MESOPOTAMIAN CYLINDER SEALS Circa 2600-2112 B.C. Including two Early Dynastic seals, circa 2600-2334 B.C., one depicting scorpions and fish, one with a serpent coil; seven Akkadian seals, circa 2334-2260 B.C., three with lions attacking horned animals, four with heroes, crossed lions and

Lot #: 2

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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NINETEEN OLD BABYLONIAN CYLINDER SEALS

NINETEEN OLD BABYLONIAN CYLINDER SEALS Circa 2000-1700 B.C. Including twelve with seated figures, worshipers, deities and priests; three with an intermediary figure leading a worshiper to a seated or standing deity, all inscribed "(the god) Shamash;" one with a worshiper and a suppliant goddess

Lot #: 3

Estimate: US$5,000 - US$7,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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THIRTY-THREE NEO-ASSYRIAN CYLINDER SEALS

THIRTY-THREE NEO-ASSYRIAN CYLINDER SEALS Circa 900-600 B.C. Including five with a hero attacking an animal or monster with a scimitar; twelve with a kneeling archer aiming at an animal or monster; one engraved with a tentacled monster; one with a confronting bull and bird-man; one with a confronting

Lot #: 4

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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TWENTY-FIVE WESTERN ASIATIC CYLINDER SEALS

TWENTY-FIVE WESTERN ASIATIC CYLINDER SEALS Circa 1550-1000 B.C. Including Mitanian seals, circa 1550-1350 B.C., five with seated or standing figures grasping a tree, animals in the field; two with standing figures with foliate or animal terminals; one with a kneeling figure grasping an antelope, a

Lot #: 5

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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NINETEEN SYRIAN CYLINDER SEALS

NINETEEN SYRIAN CYLINDER SEALS Circa 3200-1900 B.C. Including seals of circa 3200-2900 B.C., four with seated figures; two with spiders; one with long handled pots and couchant animals; one with two running antelope; one with a procession of walking antelope; one with a quadruped and a linear motif

Lot #: 6

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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TWENTY-FOUR SYRIAN CYLINDER SEALS

TWENTY-FOUR SYRIAN CYLINDER SEALS Circa 1850-1500 B.C. Including one with an armed bearded figure grasping a victim by the hair, a goddess standing before him, inscribed "X, son of X, servant of Aplihanda," possibly refering to the King of Carchemish known from the Mari letters; one with two

Lot #: 7

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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THIRTY-SEVEN NEAR EASTERN STAMP SEALS

THIRTY-SEVEN NEAR EASTERN STAMP SEALS Circa 1st Millennium B.C. Including ten of the early 1st millennium B.C. with various animals and human figures; twenty-seven Neo-Babylonian, Neo-Assyrian and early Achaemenian conoidal stamps seals of circa 8th-5th century B.C., with figures at an altar, a

Lot #: 8

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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A COLLECTION OF NEAR EASTERN CUNEIFORM TABLETS

A COLLECTION OF NEAR EASTERN CUNEIFORM TABLETS Circa 3rd-2nd Millennium B.C. Including a small tablet dealing with the delivery or disbursement of bread, oil and flower, which also mentions the name of Ur-Nin, overseer from Nippur; four Ur III tablets, one a ration list of personnel, one concerning

Lot #: 11

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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A MESOPOTAMIAN TABLET AND BULLA

A MESOPOTAMIAN TABLET AND BULLA Circa 2045-2028 B.C. Including an Ur III tablet inscribed with a receipt for grain, impressed with a seal depicting a worshipper standing before a seated king, a star-disc and crescent in the sky, reign of Shu-Sin, king of Ur, 2036-2028 B.C.; and an Ur III bulla

Lot #: 12

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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A MESOPOTAMIAN MARBLE BOWL

A MESOPOTAMIAN MARBLE BOWL Early Dynastic Period, Circa 2900-2400 B.C. The globular body with a low flat base and slightly flared rim, a natural white vein in the black marble exploited by the craftsman to produce an abstract "eye" 4in. (10.2cm.) high

Lot #: 14

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,800

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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A GROUP OF IRANIAN BRONZE ANTIQUITIES

A GROUP OF IRANIAN BRONZE ANTIQUITIES Circa 1000-500 B.C. Including a goat, originally from the terminal of a pin; a fitting in the form of a goat with curved horns, above a domed socket, possibly a whetstone handle; an open-work pin with the" mistress of animals" framed by lion heads on long

Lot #: 15

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$5,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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A GROUP OF IRANIAN BRONZE ANTIQUITIES

A GROUP OF IRANIAN BRONZE ANTIQUITIES Circa 10th-7th Century B.C. Including a bracelet cast from two hinged sections with three incised concentric projections; an axe with a splayed flat blade, spikes projecting from the rear of the socket; and an axe with a flat blade, the long socket with an

Lot #: 16

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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THREE NEAR EASTERN POTTERY INCANTATION BOWLS

THREE NEAR EASTERN POTTERY INCANTATION BOWLS Circa 7th Century A.D. One inscribed in black ink in three pie-shaped quadrants on the interior, and in two columns on the exterior; one inscribed in a spiral on the interior, terminating in a large spade-shaped element; and one inscribed in a spiral on

Lot #: 17

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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A WESTERN ASIATIC TERRACOTTA HEAD

A WESTERN ASIATIC TERRACOTTA HEAD Circa Late 2nd Millennium B.C. Perhaps from Syria, modelled with arching brows which merge with the pointed nose, the slightly convex almond-shaped eyes rimmed with raised lids, with simple ears and a double-pointed chin 4in. (10.2cm.) high

Lot #: 18

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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FOUR NEAR EASTERN TERRACOTTA FIGURES

FOUR NEAR EASTERN TERRACOTTA FIGURES Circa 2nd-1st Millennium B.C. Including an Elamite nude female figure supporting her breasts; a Phoenician mother and child; a Cypriot tympanum player; and an unusual female figure, perhaps from Afghanistan, with a wheel-made body, applied limbs and attributes

Lot #: 19

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,800

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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A COLLECTION OF NORTH SYRIAN TERRACOTTAS

A COLLECTION OF NORTH SYRIAN TERRACOTTAS Circa Late 3rd-Early 2nd Millennium B.C. Including two large hand-modelled heads, each with angular features, button-shaped eyes with incised irisis, and smiling mouths, the hair rendered with incised chevron, with two long tendrils falling in front of the

Lot #: 21

Estimate: US$3,000 - US$4,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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A PARCEL GILT SILVER EWER IN THE SASSANIAN STYLE

A PARCEL GILT SILVER EWER IN THE SASSANIAN STYLE 20th Century With a pear-shaped body on a tall foot, the cylindrical neck with a spouted lip, the handle terminating at each end in an animal head, the body ornamented in high relief with four semi-draped female figures holding various attributes

Lot #: 22

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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A PARCEL GILT SILVER VASE IN THE SASSANIAN STYLE

A PARCEL GILT SILVER VASE IN THE SASSANIAN STYLE 20th Century With a pear-shaped body on a circular, flat base with a beaded molding between the body and the flaring, cylindrical neck, ornamented with two pair of confronted winged lions, each enclosed within a scrolling grape vine motif, with birds

Lot #: 23

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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A GRANITE BLOCK STATUE IN EGYPTIAN STYLE

A GRANITE BLOCK STATUE IN EGYPTIAN STYLE 20th Century Wearing a short wig, an incised vertical column of text in front 8 4/3in. (22.2 cm.) high

Lot #: 24

Estimate: US$300 - US$400

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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A BRONZE HEAD OF A CAT IN EGYPTIAN STYLE

A BRONZE HEAD OF A CAT IN EGYPTIAN STYLE 20th Century Cast with alert, pointed ears, the angular face with recessed eyes, the whiskers and mouth incised 3 1/4in. (12.8cm.) high

Lot #: 25

Estimate: US$200 - US$300

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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AN EGYPTIAN PAINTED WOOD MUMMY MASK

AN EGYPTIAN PAINTED WOOD MUMMY MASK Dynasty XIX-XX, Circa 1250-1050 B.C. Wearing a broad collar and a tripartite wig, with a scarab between wings above the forehead 23 1/2in. (59.7cm.) high

Lot #: 26

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$2,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE AMULET OF ISIS AND HORUS

AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE AMULET OF ISIS AND HORUS Late Period to Ptolemaic Period 712-330 A.D. The goddess seated on a throne, wearing a tight-fitted garment and a tri-partite wig surmounted by a solar disc and rams horns, her right hand holding her left breast, and her left hand supporting the infanct

Lot #: 27

Estimate: US$500 - US$800

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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TWO COPTIC TEXTILE FRAGMENTS

TWO COPTIC TEXTILE FRAGMENTS Circa 4th-5th Century A.D. Including a rectangular fragment with a central medallion enclosing a figure, a dancing figure on either end within an aedicula; and a square fragment with stylized animals within an ornamental border; both framed 8 1/4in. (21cm.) long for the

Lot #: 28

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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THREE EGYPTIAN BLACK-TOPPED VESSELS

THREE EGYPTIAN BLACK-TOPPED VESSELS Predynastic Period, 3500-3100 B.C. Each of tapering cylindrical form 14in. (35.6cm.) for the largest (3

Lot #: 29

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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TWO EGYPTIAN SCHIST OBJECTS

TWO EGYPTIAN SCHIST OBJECTS Predynastic Period, 3500-3200 B.C. On in the form of a knife with serrated cutting edge; and one in the form of a bird with incised details, pierced for suspension 5in. (13cm.) for the first object (2

Lot #: 30

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE STELE FRAGMENT

AN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE STELE FRAGMENT Late Period, 26th Dynasty 664-525 B.C. Engraved in sunk relief with hieroglyphs in two registers, which read, "true of voice...", "words spoken by..." 16 1/2in. (41.9cm.) high

Lot #: 31

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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AN EGYPTIAN CALCITE FIGURE OF A CAT

AN EGYPTIAN CALCITE FIGURE OF A CAT Possibly Middle Kingdom, Circa 1980-1801 B.C. Seated on an integral base, perhaps originally glazed; together with a calcite figure of Harpokrates seated, circa 4th-3rd century B.C.; a cylindrical object engraved with a cartouche at one end; and a later European

Lot #: 32

Estimate: US$400 - US$500

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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AN EGYPTIAN WOODEN HEADREST

AN EGYPTIAN WOODEN HEADREST Old Kingdom, 2575-2134 B.C. With a low rectangular base, slender column, and a concave pillow 8 in. (20.32cm.) high

Lot #: 33

Estimate: US$300 - US$400

Date: 19 Mar 1997

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AN EGYPTIAN CARTONNAGE MUMMY MASK

AN EGYPTIAN CARTONNAGE MUMMY MASK Roman Period, Circa 1st Century B.C./A.D. For a child, the face gilded and rimmed in red, with black painted eyebrows and cosmetic lines, the black irisis on a white ground, wearing a headcloth adorned with a diadem with a circular medallion, a winged scarab above

Lot #: 35

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 19 Mar 1997