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Prized artifacts with deep provenance in June 2 Ancient Resource sale

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Written by Auction House PR   
Monday, 21 May 2012 13:58

Part of an Elamite brick of Untash-Napirisha origin, c. 1255 - 1235 BC, the front with six partial lines of cuneiform script praising the king and referring to the ziggurat he constructed as a sanctuary for the god Inshushinak. Ex Chester English collection, acquired in the 1930s. Ancient Resource image.

LOS ANGELES - Ancient Resource LLC is proud to present an exciting array of Ancient Art in its June 2nd auction. Ancient Resource brings over 400 lots of well-provenanced goods to the collecting community, with Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers.com. Cultures represented in this auction range from the exceptionally rare Elamite, through Egyptian Greek and Roman, to all of the diverse peoples of the New World.

The market for Antiquities continues to soar, as fine pieces fall into the category of tangible assets, and according to some, are a great hedge against inflation and the declining dollar. Provenance is important in this category, and the bulk of Ancient Resource’s selection comes from select English collections assembled at the end of the Grand Tour period. A notable exception is a group of cylinder and stamp seals from the personal collection of Edgar Banks. Aspects of the Banks collection are seen in almost every major museum in the United States. His life story formed the basis of the Indiana Jones film series.

Highlights from the June 2 sale include:

Lot 113 – Part of an Elamite brick of Untash-Napirisha, c. 1255 - 1235 BC, the front with six partial lines of cuneiform script praising the king and referring to the ziggurat he constructed as a sanctuary for the god Inshushinak. Nice clear inscription. Ex Chester English, acquired in the 1930s.

Lot 120 – A rare strip of linen with two lines from the "Book of the Dead" in Hieratic script, Greco-Roman, c. 2nd Century BC/AD, neatly written and professionally framed under glass. Linen strip measures 28" (70.1 cm) in length; frame measures 37" x 13" (181.2 x 33 cm). Ex Charles Ryan collection.

Lot 337 – A fragment of a Vera Cruz basalt Hatcha, AD 700 - 900, with a feline head seen in profile, mouth agape. The piece is nicely mounted on a tall base. 7" x 8" (17.8 x 20.3 cm). Ex Midwest collection.

According to company owner Gabriel Vandervort, the June 2 auction is already breaking records for bidder registration. For additional information, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

View the fully illustrated catalog and sign up to bid absentee or live via the Internet at www.LiveAuctioneers.com.

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View the fully illustrated catalog and register to bid absentee or live via the Internet as the sale is taking place by logging on to www.LiveAuctioneers.com.


ADDITIONAL LOTS OF NOTE

Part of an Elamite brick of Untash-Napirisha origin, c. 1255 - 1235 BC, the front with six partial lines of cuneiform script praising the king and referring to the ziggurat he constructed as a sanctuary for the god Inshushinak. Ex Chester English collection, acquired in the 1930s. Ancient Resource image. 

Last Updated on Monday, 21 May 2012 14:03
 
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