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Intriguing Sumerian marble bowl with cuneiform text

Lot 0092B
An intriguing Sumerian creme marble bowl with cuneiform text, Early Dynastic Period, c. 2500 BC, beautifully carved with rounded bowl and narrow flat bottom. The interior of the vessel with several lines of cuneiform text, neatly penned in a dark green/black ink. A few repeated letters and some doodles or squiggled lines suggests the bowl was used as a practice palette or similar - very interesting!!! Light surface deposits covering a few of the areas with text. D: 4 in (10.2 cm). A very rare and potentially important example!!! Ex California Museum of Ancient Art; Ex New Jersey private collection.


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Intriguing Sumerian marble bowl with cuneiform text

Estimate $1,500 - $2,000Oct 22, 2017