A Phoenician bone furniture plaque

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Lot 168
A Phoenician bone furniture plaque

£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 4,800 - 7,200
A Phoenician bone furniture plaque
Circa 9th-8th Century B.C.
Depicting a griffin standing in profile, his head reaching up to eat, the wings outstretched behind, once inlaid, the left forepaw raised in front, the right forepaw stepping onto a papyrus umbel, 2 3/8in (6cm) high, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    German private collection, the Ruhr.
    With Gawain McKinley, London, prior to 1980.

    Literature:
    Similar Phoenician plaques in ivory have been found at Nimrud in Iraq. Cf. G.E. Markoe, Phoenicians, Berkely and Los Angeles, 200, p. 146-7, fig. 53 for one in the British Museum. There are also Nimrud ivories with griffins in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, including acc. nos. 64.37.9, 58.31.5, 61.197.1, 60.145.6.
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