Culture: NEAR EASTERN (GREATER SYRIA). Date: 2ND - 1ST MILLENIUM B.C. Material: LIMESTONE. Provenance: EX: EARLY AMERICAN PRIVATE COLLECTION; EX: NEW YORK ART MARKET. Condition: INTACT, SMALL CHIP AT REAR BOTTOM. Measurements: 4 INCHES LONG (10 CMS). In the form of a duck with the head turned and laid flat at center of back. Very rare, especially this size, and condition. Cf: Lot 145, Sotheby's New York Antiquities Auction, 9 December 1995, also lot 114, Sotheby's New York Antiquities Auction, 12 June 2001, see also for weights and measure, Oates, Babylon, pp. 186-187.
Ancient Near East