This large disk-shaped ritual object from central Asia - the Bactrian-Margiana Archaeological Complex - is made of marble. Dated in the 3rd to 2nd millennium century BC, it has a smooth, curved-in side, and the concave surface of the face is well-polished. The abstract vein pattern in the marble offers colours of pink-purple, beige, and grey. The use of this kind of object is still uncertain. Some believe these are purely ritual objects. Other theories suggest they might have also been used for utilitarian purposes such as weights.
Note: Similar, though larger, examples were sold at Christie’s on June 1, 2012 and December 9, 2015 for USD 12,500.
Diameter: 28.2 cm.
Condition: Excellent, with ingrained dirt. No repairs, no damage.
Price: $3800 USD; $5080 CAD (HST of 13% applied to all sales in Canada).