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Seller: islamiqueantiques_dot_com (1,138) 100%, Location: Bradford, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 282899315307 A unique Sphero-Conical Vessel incorporating both anthropomorphic and zoomorphic features 10th -12th Century Eastern Persian Empire Guaranteed GENUINE Independent Professional appraisal!Further photographs and condition report available on request This is a once in a lifetime opportunity of acquire a UNIQUE piece of Islamic history that you will not find anywhere – even in a museum! PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PIECE COMPLIES WITH ALL REGULATIONS RELATING TO EXCAVATED PIECES It is essential to understand some terminology at this point before we get into the description of this stunning artefact. In general antique dealing, words such as “scarce” & “rare” have different connotations in the fields of, for example, modern art – antiquarian books - coin collecting and ancient art. If something is labelled as ‘scarce’: it means that demand for it is higher than supply but the item may become available once or twice a year. If something is deemed to be ‘rare’:it means that it is very uncommon and difficult to acquire with the item only becoming available once every few years. Something that is deemed to be ‘very rare’ means that it may only be documented in books (eg museum catalogues, specialist books on that type of antique or in research papes) and it may only appear on the market once every 10 or so years. However, if something is deemed to be ‘unique’: it is the only one of it’s type known and may not even appear in books or museum collections! Unique artefacts always achieve high prices because it is an opportunity to acquire a piece that NO ONE else in the world owns! ‘Anthropomorphic’ means that the piece has a human shape / design. ‘Zoomorphic’ means that the piece contains elements of animal form in it. The ancient Persian artefact being listed here is UNIQUE and has been authenticated by a leading international Thermoluminescence (TL) Laboratory based in the UK. Please see the following information about TL testing and note that if an ancient ceramic artefact passes through an airport X-Ray machine – the X-Ray ‘resets’ the thermoluminescence: meaning that the piece would ‘fail’ the TL testing. This piece comes with a POSITIVE result/identification for the period of manufacture 10th-12th Century!Due to a recent change in eBay policies, all external links have been removed. Please note that all references and evidence that we provide is still available and we can send prospective bidders attachments, photographs and website links if queries are sent to our email address which is included in the “Business Seller Information” section towards the bottom of this page (please click the link “complete information”). The winning bidder will be provided the original TL test Certificate. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thermoluminescencedating This also means that this piece has been in the UK for at least fifty years as airport X-Rays were introduced in the 1960’s. This unique ancient work of Islamic art came from the dispersal of a London collector and would possibly have been acquired in the period between the two world wars (1920-1939) when many European scholars and explorers headed to the ‘cradle of civilisation’: Mesopotamia and Persia. Please see the following article about an ancient Mesopotamian lioness that sold for a record $57million: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middleeast/7130337.stm This is an extremely unusual glazed earthenware vessel in the combined form of a bird's body with the head of a man. The main body is sphero-conical in shape and therefore these types of vessels are referred to as just that: sphero-conical vessels. The debate on the function of these sphero-conical vessels has raged on for several decades with various suggestions from 'hand grenades' (filled with mercury and sulphur), perfume sprinklers through to wine (or even beer) gourds (please see references section below). This particular anthropomorphic shape does not appear in the corpus of literature relating to these peculiar vessels. There is a zoomorphic sphero-conical vessel in the shape of a bird in the Barakat Gallery collection. However, the human head is not present in that example. Even the research article included below which is a thorough analysis of these types of vessels only mentions zoomorphic types “resembling fish or birds”. What is also important to note that this type of sphero conical vessel was only produced between the 10th-12th centuries (900-1,000 years ago). We have come across 100+ sphero conical vessels in museums, books, dealer websites etc and not a single one of them mentions/refers to or offers an anthropomorphic type. Therefore, this type is undocumented and unique! There are several remarkable features on this vessel that link it with known examples. The main body is shaped like a typical sphero-conical vessel yet is has two wings moulded in relief and of course the male head. This piece stands freely on three applied feet (on a flat surface). The male head has delightful features such as pronounced eyes, a wonderful moustache, a prominent nose, a small beard and then what appears to be either hair or a small cap at the top of the head. The other feature that makes this unusual and possibly unique is the small handle. The fact that it has remnants of glazing is also an unusual factor (please refer to the article below). The glaze is turquoise in colour which is also typical of the period. In Oliver Watson's “Ceramics from Islamic Lands”, a sphero-conical vessel with identical circular boss decoration is illustrated (Cat. Ad.1, page 129). Furthermore, Watson notes that this type of vessel is typified by a constricted neck “often with a pronounced groove beneath the lip (a feature that enables a stopper to be tied down) and the opening is usually no more than a few millimetres in diameter”. Interestingly, the pronounced groove is clearly visible around the upper head of the male and the tiny opening forms his mouth. Therefore, if this were a vessel to drink from, the drinker would have to place their lips over the lips of the male. As Watson observes “It is certain from the variety in this class of vessels that they served not one but a multitude of specific purposes. In short, most proposals may well be right”. CONDITION Please note that this piece spent several centuries in the ground and hence most of the glaze has worn off. However, the fact that there is any glaze at all is remarkable and adds to the rarity of this piece. There is a large section of original turquoise glaze along the back of the bird body and a small section on one side of the chest. This unique early artefact has had some professional restoration to the tip of the wings and end of the tail. The expert restorer we used undertakes work for several major UK museums. Overall general age related wear for a piece that has been excavated and commensurate with medieval pottery. There is a small chip (5mm) under chin which is not really visible when this piece is displayed. DIMENSIONS Height 16cm Length 17cm Weight 1.1kg AUCTION ESTIMATE: £20,000-£30,000* * This estimate is based on equivalent unique medieval Islamic/Persian pottery. Please note: i This piece has a PROFESSIONAL APPRAISAL prior to the professional restoration work AND prior to the POSITIVE THERMOLUMINESCENCE (TL)TEST of $8,000 (retail). A positive TL test often increases the value of an item multiple times. Our estimate takes into account the professional restoration and the positive TL Test. The winning bidder will be sent a pdf copy of the original Appraisal Report. ii The majority of surviving medieval Islamic pottery is available in the form of dishes/bowls/plates. iii Prices for unusual medieval dishes can be exceptional such the following examples that sold for in excess of $100,000 each: http://islamicartsmagazine.com/magazine/view/sothebysartsoftheislamicworldeveningsale/ PRICES AT AUCTION AND RETAIL Please note the following prices of fairly STANDARD sphero conical vessels WITHOUT any anthropomorphic or zoomorphic features. A plain example without zoomorphic or anthropomorphic features available for $10,000: http://egyptianartgallery.com/Store/Index.cfm/FuseAction/ItemDetails/UserID/0/ItemID/24665.htm A nice example BUT no anthropomorphic or zoomorphic features for $7,600: http://www.antiques.com/classified/Antiquities/Ancient-Near-East/Antique-Sphero-Conical-Vessel-with-Stamped---Incised-Decoration---AMD-39 Another fairly typical example available for $4,000: http://www.antiques.com/classified/Antiquities/Ancient-Near-East/Antique-Sphero-Conical-Vessel-with-Stamped---Incised-Decoration---SF-214 A nice example BUT no anthropomorphic or zoomorphic features $2,600-$4,000: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/18801/lot/89/ REFERENCES The best and most detailed article that we have found on sphero conical vessels is available to access free (you will need to register) on the following site. Please note we can email you a pdf copy of this article. This thorough analysis of sphero conical vessels contains photographs of twenty examples but also makes reference to scores of known pieces BUT it does NOT mention any known/documented anthropomorphic types: https://www.jstor.org/stable/1523137?seq=1#pagescantabcontents This Persian Bronze bird has typical features of the period such as the bulbous body and the style of the wings: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/18801/lot/106/ EXAMPLES IN MUSEUM COLLECTIONS http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O114725/sphero-conical-vessel-unknown/ https://metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/449916 https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O345760/sphero-conical-vessel-unknown/ https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/art/216052 http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O85393/sphero-conical-vessel-unknown/ http://collections.lacma.org/node/204631 http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O345771/sphero-conical-vessel-unknown/ http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/searchthecollectiondatabase/termdetails.aspx?scopeType=Terms&scopeId=24333 http://collections.smvk.se/carlotta-mhm/web/object/3300019 https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=B2f0PX1bi18C&pg=PA208&lpg=PA208&dq=sphero+conical+vessel&source=bl&ots=dEyg3VXzXL&sig=e3scuBvzuyoawSHDzsSg5APUQ4g&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiV6KbI167XAhXJ6xoKHUQkAhc4ChDoAQhSMAk#v=onepage&q=sphero%20conical%20vessel&f=false Please see our website for unique, rare and ancient Islamic coins, antiquities and antiques. 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