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Persian shell bracelet

Stock Number: x8832
A shell bangle carved from a section of tridacna (clam) shell from the Persian Gulf, the exterior surface with a series of finely incised scenes including a charioteer; running boar; peacock, and bull.
Price
Sales price $1500.00

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Description

A shell bangle carved from a section of tridacna (clam) shell from the Persian Gulf, the exterior surface with a series of finely incised scenes including a charioteer; running boar; peacock, and bull. An abstract lozenge-shaped design separates each scene, with an incised dotted circle motif embellishing the spaces between and surrounding the figural scenes. The designs show influences of both Achaemenid and Hellenistic art.

 

Origin:

Baluchistan region, Hellenistic period (Seleucid Empire), 4th-1st century B.C.

Dimensions:

Maximum inner diameter: 6.3 cm / Maximum thickness: 2.3 cm

Condition:

Intact, with dryish patina; the carving with wear and patina consistent with great age.