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BACTRIAN STONE SEATED FIGURE, 3RD MILLENNIUM BC

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BACTRIAN STONE SEATED FIGURE, 3RD MILLENNIUM BC
Culture: Bactrian. Date: Late 3rd Millennium B.C. Material: Chlorite stone. Provenance: Ex: Early private collection. Condition: Intact, excellent for the body. The head seems to be a recent addition to the original now missing head. Measurements: 2 inches high for the body only (5 cms), 2.75 inches high with the head (7 cms). In the form of a seated figure with lap extended forward, and a V-shaped neckline, the body is decorated with dotted motifs in the front. An extremely rare type. This composite figure and other related figures have been associated with ancient Afghanistan, but according to Muscarella, (p. 368 in Aruz, ed., Art of the First Cities, The Third Millenium BC from the Mediterranean to the Indus, none have actually been found in Afghanistan. The first published figures were eroneously thought to come from Fars in southwestern Iran. Of the known excavated figures, at least 38 examples are known to exist, 11 have been found in southeastern Turkmenistan, and two in Pakistan. Muscarella further points out that :attempts have been made to interpret these figures as dieties or prominent humans, but insufficient information exists to permit a satisfactory conclusion, there is no doubt, however, that they are charged beings, physically massive, but projecting a calm power and authority". Cf: For a related example, compare to lot 397, Chrsitie's New York Antiquities Auction, 10 December 2004, (estimated between $30,000 and $50,000, sold for $33,460). See also lot 313, Christie's New York Antiquities Auction, 12 June 2002, See also nos. 259a and 259b, p. 368, Art of the First Cities, the Third Millenium BC from the Mediterranean to the Indus, also compare to no. 26, ed, Glories of the Past, Ancient Art from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Collection.


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