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Anatolian Glazed Stone Bowl w/ Ram

Asia Minor, probably Anatolian, ca. 1800 to 1600 BCE. A well-carved stone bowl of a near-spherical form with two incised linear bands just beneath the rim and a finely delineated ram's head emerging from one end, presenting bold details including characteristically curled horns with incised markings, ovoid eyes, a projecting muzzle with nostrils and mouth, all nicely delineated. A very early piece with rich green hues and a lustrous surface. Size: 4.125" W at widest point x 2.625" H (10.5 cm x 6.7 cm)

Anatolian excavations have added to the great narrative of global art history. The famous excavations at Catalhuyuk of the Neolithic era dating from the 7th millennium BCE revealed contiguous rectangular rooms that were only accessible via a ladder from a flat roof, leading scholars to understand that these interconnected roofs served as a physical space for communal life. Spiritual shrines were decorated with animal heads and horns. Walls were adorned with murals that depicted ritual hunting scenes of aurochs and stags. In addition, special figural pieces have been found in Anatolian burials of presumably elite individuals.

Condition: Expected surface wear with minor scuffs here and there, but overall excellent. Surface has been waxed or varnished.

Provenance: Ex-Private East Coast, USA Collection

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