A superb Elamite bronze statuette of a priestess, Near East, 3rd millennium B.C.
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DescriptionUnusually large bronze statuette of a richly bejewelled priestess in a long robe. With headdress, necklace and bracelets. Her belt wrought with meticulous detail. The hands raised before her breast in a gesture of prayer. Full cast bronze. Beautiful patina. An antique repair to the hem of the robe at the back. Intact. Height 22.5 cm (including pedestal 26.5 cm).
Worthy of a museum in terms of size and quality.
Provenance: From a private collection in Geneva, acquired in 1996. Formerly part of the Samad Khamenei collection in Teheran, acquired in June 1970, passed down in the family on his death in 1994. On temporary display (from the 1970s to the 1990s) in the Zurich Galleries (Collection "B") and in the private Swiss museum "Sanctuarium Asiae".
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