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A Bactrian Chlorite stone Chalice w 12 Scorpios, 3rd. millenium BC

A Bactrian Chlorite stone Chalice w 12 Scorpios, 3rd. millenium BC


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Near Eastern: Stone: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1429573
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An awesome ancient Chlorite stone Chalice Persia / Bactria, 3rd. millenium BC.

The beaker carved in a massive chlorite stone with thick walls and high stemmed foot. The vessel is decorated with 12 Scorpios in two bands of 6 with tails and claws almost touching. Scorpios and snakes are often seen on Southern Kerman and Bactrian stone carvings in the 3rd. millenium, with stylistical elements from both Bactrian and Mesopotamian civilizations, and influenced from the peculiar elamite art as well. The scorpion and the snakes are symbols of suffering and death as well as the evil forces of nature.

Typical very fine style of carving! Attractive and symethic and well-proportioned.

Size: 10,7 cm. tall and ca. 8 cm. wide, weighing ca. 600 grams.

Condition: Choice and intact. A long old natural fissure at one side down to the base, but not going through the vessel, so it's unrepaired and completely stable and strong. The rim perfect and smooth, the vessel with fine light greyish patina.

Ex. Old collection, collected in the 1970s-80s.