An Elamite Bronze Beaker, ca. 8th - 7th century BCE
MB1404Regular price $1,950 USD
This fine, thin walled vessel, was probably used as a cup or bowl. It has a relatively high, slightly flaring neck and everted lip above a round, bulbous body; a raised rounded rib decorates the shoulder. Muscarella notes that based on excavated evidence, scarce as it is, it seems that examples of this type were used as models for later vessels.
For related example and further discussion see: Muscarella, O. W., "Bronze & Iron, Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art" (1988) pg 260-262, #348-350.
For unexcavated vessels of the present type, see: Moortgat 1932, pl. x:32-34; Speleers 1933a, 91, fig.42; Ame 1962, fig. 15, top; Wijngaarden 1954, pl. xm:82,83; Potratz 1955a, 220, no. 1, fig. 29 (misprinted as 31); Potratz 1968, pl. XLv1:274-77; Basmachi 1963, pl. 19; Calmeyer 1969a, 135, nn. 438, 439, lists eleven more examples than Potratz, including the present Metropolitan Museum vessel (actually listed twice, inn. 439 as in the British Museum).
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall with very fine green/brown patina.
Dimensions: Height: 8.89 cm (3.5 inches), Width: 10.16 cm (4 inches)
Provenance: Private Virginia collection.
An Egyptian Bronze Situla, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664 - 525 BCE
EB1904Regular price $15,000 USD
Finely cast using the lost wax method, this fine, tapering vessel features a rolled rim, and rounded bottom with a knobbed base. It is decorated in raised relief, the upper register with two solar barques symbolizing the journey into the afterlife, the wide central register with a priest, incised text above, making an offering to a procession of deities, making offerings to a procession of deities, including Isis with cow-horn crown, Nephthys, and Amun-Ra, each holding the life sign ankh in their right hand and a was scepter in their left, the lower register showing Harpokrates with Hathor cows flanking a lotus, the pointed base in the form of a lotus flower; recurrent in Egyptian descriptions of the birth of the universe.
Background: A Situla was a sacred vessel used for religious ceremonies, the situla is a very small round-bottomed bucket or pail, usually cast from bronze and decorated with mythological motifs. During the Ptolemaic and Roman periods, the situla was carried by the priests of Isis and used in rituals and processions. The situla held holy water from the Nile or milk as a symbol of Isis in her form as a mother goddess.
Dimensions: Height: 5 3/4 inches (14.6 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. A very fine example.
Provenance: Georgiou family collection, acquired 1962 and kept until 1997, Munich, Germany. Private collection, Belgium, Mrs. R., 1997-2012, thereafter the Harer Family Trust Collection.
An Elamite Bronze Shaft-Hole Axehead, ca. early 2nd Millennium BCE
MB1510Regular price $6,500 USD
With a rounded lunate blade, and curled protrusion at back. A sheep’s head projecting from the back of the shaft hole, the blade emanating from a serpent’s mouth.
Exhibited: Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, 1988-2008; George Mason University Art Museum, Fairfax, Virginia, 2008-2010; Fitchburg University Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA, 2010-2011.
Cf. a similar example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession no. 65.145.1
Dimensions: Height: 4 7/8 inches (12.4 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Ex B.S. collection, Grand Blanc, MI acquired from Royal-Athena in 1988.