Bactria, ca. 3rd to 2nd millennium BCE. A smooth, rounded piece of marble with a flat base, an egg-like form above, and twin holes drilled opposite each other at an angle through the top. The holes meet in the middle of the interior in a narrow opening (you are able to touch two fingers together if one is in each drill hole). The precise meaning and use of objects like this one are unknown, but it is assumed they were ritual. Size: 6.25" W x 7.75" H (15.9 cm x 19.7 cm)
The same class of object but with different form sold at Christie's London on October 1, 2014 (Lot 141) for $17202.
Provenance: Ex-private East Coast, USA collection.
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