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Luristan Whetstone Socket in the Form of an Ibex - FZ.159
Origin: Central Asia
Circa: 900 BC to 700 BC
Dimensions: 3.5" (8.9cm) high x 4" (10.2cm) wide
Catalogue: V1
Collection: Near Eastern
Medium: Bronze

Additional Information: SOLD

Location: United States
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With delicate skill, the ancient artist has shaped a functional object into a sculpture of graceful vigor and lively beauty. The curving horns of the gazelle form the finger grip for this sharpening tool handle, while the animal's beard provides support for the thumb. Very likely, it served a ritual purpose. How wonderful to imagine a world where even the simplest tools achieved a spectacular loveliness. - (FZ.159)


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