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Central Asian Antiquities
Indus Valley, Terracotta Zebu Bull, c. 12th - 9th B.C.

|Central| |Asian| |Antiquities|, |Indus| |Valley,| |Terracotta| |Zebu| |Bull,| |c.| |12th| |-| |9th| |B.C.|
Similar terracotta bulls were found in the more ancient levels of excavations at Mundigak near Kandahar. They were symbols of force and the fecundity of the herd. Zebu are thought to be derived from wild Asian aurochs, which disappeared during the time of the Indus Valley Civilization due to domestication and loss of habitat. The species was introduced into Egypt around 2000 B.C. and to Brazil early in the 20th century.
AE63807. Terracotta Zebu Bull; cf. Casal, p. 32; 9.5 cm (3 3/4") long, missing tip of right horn, charming, c. 12th - 9th B.C.; baked terracotta with applied polychrome, horns and humped back, dark painted features and details; from a Florida dealer; SOLD

India, Stone Head of a Bodhisattva, c. 10th Century A.D.

|Central| |Asian| |Antiquities|, |India,| |Stone| |Head| |of| |a| |Bodhisattva,| |c.| |10th| |Century| |A.D.|
The bodhisattva, a popular subject in Buddhist art, is someone who, motivated by great compassion, has a spontaneous wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. In early Indian Buddhism, bodhisattva usually referred specifically to the Buddha Shakyamuni in his former lives.
AH59765. India, stone head of a bodhisattva, 11.5 cm tall, c. 10th century A.D., from New Jersey collection, purchased from a European dealer (c. 1980's); SOLD

Indus Valley, Bronze Combination Cloak Pin and Mirror, c. 1st Millennium B.C.

|Central| |Asian| |Antiquities|, |Indus| |Valley,| |Bronze| |Combination| |Cloak| |Pin| |and| |Mirror,| |c.| |1st| |Millennium| |B.C.|
Bronze mirrors preceded the glass mirrors of today. This type of mirror has been found by archaeologists among elite assemblages from various cultures, from Etruscan Italy to China. In the Indus valley civilization, manufacture of bronze mirrors goes back to 2800 to 2500 B.C.
AL59777. Indus valley, Bronze Pin/Mirror, c. 1st Millenium B.C., 3.25 x 11 inches, mirror with polished circular face with long pin handle, nice example, from a New Jersey collection, purchased from a European dealer (c. 1980's); very rare; SOLD



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Hambly, G. Central Asia. (New York, 1966).
Jettmar, K. Art of the Steppes. (Baden-Baden, 1967).
Kohl, P. Bronze Age Civilization of Central Asia Recent Soviet Discoveries. (Armonk, NY, 1946).
Muse, G L'art du Gandha^ra et de L'Asie Centrale. (Paris, 1959).
Rice, T. Ancient Arts of Central Asia. (New York, 1965).
Starr, R. Indus Valley Painted Pottery - A Comparative Study of the Designs on the Painted Wares of the Harappa Culture. (Princeton, 1941).
Tripathi, V. & Srivastava, A. The Indus Terracottas. (New Delhi, 2014).
Urmila, S. Terracotta Art of Rajasthan (From Pre-Harappan and Harappan Times to the Gupta Period). (New Delhi, 1997).
Zwalf, W. ed. Buddhism Art and Faith. (New York, 1985).

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