An Urartian silver pectoral

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Lot 116*
An Urartian silver pectoral

£ 22,000 - 28,000
US$ 30,000 - 38,000
An Urartian silver pectoral
Circa 7th Century B.C.
Of broad lunate form, the rounded ends with small rings for attachment, the central panel decorated in two registers in repoussé with chased detail each depicting sirens walking in profile, five in the upper register and seven in the lower, interspersed with palmettes, each frieze with a raised band above and below, the panel bordered above and below with a punched double-triangle motif, the curved panels and each end decorated with a profile figure of a winged genius in the 'Knieklauf' position, each holding a situla, 9½in (24cm) wide

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Swiss private collection.
    Cahn Auktionen AG, Basel, Auktion 5, 16 September 2010, lot 21.
    Dr. Florian Papp Collection, Munich, formed in the 1960s-1990, this lot acquired before 1977.

    Published:
    H.J. Kellner, 'Pectorale aus Urartu', Belleten, 41, No. 163, 1977, 481-93, no. 3, taf. 4.
    R. Merhav (ed.), Urartu. A Metalworking Center in the First Millennium B.C.E., The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1991, p. 169, fig. 6 (a replica of this lot now in the collections of the Archäologische Staatssammlung, Munich).
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