An Eastern Mediterranean recumbent bone lion, a Tarentine terracotta bull's head pendant and a miniature glass bird, Various Periods (3)

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Lot 264*
An Eastern Mediterranean figure of a recumbent bone lion
3

Sold for £ 59 (US$ 77) inc. premium

Antiquities

28 Oct 2004, 10:30 BST

London, New Bond Street

An Eastern Mediterranean figure of a recumbent bone lion
Circa 2nd-6th Centuries A.D.
Of elongated stylised form, with a chunky mane and jaws agape resting on it's forepaws, on an integral rectangular base, with curved haunches it's back legs tucked beneath it and resting on an integral base, pierced under the tail for attachment, 3¾in. (9.5cm.), some chips; a tiny Tarentine terracotta bull's head pendant, decorated with white slip and some gilding, with a long stylised nose and fine incised details of the hair over the horns, one tip missing, a bronze attachment loop on the back, late 4th Century B.C., 20mm. long and a miniature stylised blue glass bird, pierced centrally, 19mm., with silvery iridescence (3)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Gifted to the present owner by the late Dr Leo Mildenberg, the owner's uncle.

    Literature:
    Cf. A.S. Walker (Ed.), Animals in Ancient Art, From the Leo Mildenberg Collection, Part III, (Mainz 1996), pp.14-15, fig.18 for a similar style glass pendant of a dolphin.
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