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December 13, 2013

December 13, 2013

From we found about a sale December 13, 2013 at Christie's auction house in New York. The sale is described this way, and we include their picture of the big cat also.

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s presents the fall sale of Antiquities on 13 December at 10am, which will feature over 170 lots from the ancient world. Exquisite sculptures highlight the sale, with a Mesopotamian inlaid chlorite feline, an Egyptian faience hippopotamus, and a spectacular animal mosaic with an elephant among the top lots. With estimates ranging from $1,000 to $900,000, the sale is expected to realize in excess of $5 million and will be directly followed by the 15th Annual sale of Ancient Jewelry. Leading the sale is a superbly sculpted Mesopotamian feline (estimate: $600,000-900,000), circa late third millennium B.C., which sits on its hind legs, with a snarling mouth open to reveal its fangs. From the “Intercultural Style,” which spans across the Near East, from the Euphrates to the Indus Rivers, this feline is finely carved and ornamented with elaborate inlays. At 10 ¼ inches tall, the impressive scale of this seated feline distinguishes it from other similar surviving sculptures.

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