Bactrian Marble Disc Idol, 2nd Millennium B.C. For Sale
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Bactrian Marble Disc Idol, 2nd Millennium B.C.

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The Bactrian culture existed between the 3rd millennium B.C. and the 6th century in Central Asia comprising modern Afghanistan and bordering India. Its origins as a bronze age civilization was only recently (1970s) discovered by Russian archeologist. And it was only in the 1990s that Western countries learned about it. At it most famous site, the Bactria-Margiana complex, they found a astonishing amount of remains which still is being researched today. Apart from beautiful metal objects a lot of stone idols were discovered. These took the shape of elaborate Goddesses but also of abstract columns and discs. As the circle is a worldwide symbol of spirituality throughout history some scholars believe this to be representations of the heavenly while the columns stand for the earth (much like the Chinese Pi and Tsung. Others ( perhaps less romantic) researchers think they are merely counterweights due to the incised grooves they usually have. These would hold a strap to lift them for measuring weight. Undeniably they have an intrinsic abstract beauty which almost feels modern. This example has no signs of mechanical tools, a incrustation on the back and a overall very attractive patina. This disc was acquired on the London art market (Timeline Auctions) in 2018. The object was previously part of a London private collection.

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  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 1.7 in. x Dm 14 in.H 4.32 cm x Dm 35.56 cm
  • Diameter
    14 in. (35.56 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Vosselaar, BE
  • Reference Number
    LU2023312843422
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