Seller: aphrodite.antiquities (1,063) 100%, Location: New York, New York, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 181248672216 Culture- Luristan. Date- 1000 - 800 B.C. Material- Whetstone with bronze. Condition- Intact, with reddish patina on the head.. Provenance- Ex: Private American collection, Santa Monica, California. Measurements- H. 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) Lurisatan whetstone with a bronze socket-handle in the form of a horned animal, perhaps an ibex or gazelle. The whetstone proper of this very rare composite object is fashioned from a tan stone that is drilled at one end and covered with a bronze socket in the form of the head of an animal with arched horns. A slender bronze rod passes through both the socket and the stone, securing them together. The naturalistically rendered creature has a triangular face rounded muzzle, large eyes, small upright ears, and curved horns. There are several number of bronze whetstone socket-handles in museums and private collections, the majority of which are decorated with the heads of caprids or gazelles, two species frequently depicted by Luristan artists. However, complete whetstones with their socket-handles, as our present example, are less common. For two complete whetstones with similr sockets in the LA County Museum of Art, see P.R.S. Moorey et al., eds., Ancient Bronzes, Ceramics, and Seals (Los Angeles, 1981), cat. nos. 120 & 122, p. 34. Published: Our Collective Past, no.1 This object is unconditionally guaranteed authentic. It has been legally imported to the U.S., and is legal to sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14. A note to our international buyers: Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer’s responsibility. Please check with your country’s Customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding/buying.At times there may be delays at Customs depending on the country we ship to. Please note that delays at Customs abroad are beyond our control. We ask you to be patient and to allow additional time for your shipment to clear. Kindly note these points regarding the item you are buying: 1- This item is guaranteed authentic. 2- The images, size, and condition in this listing are accurate and for the actual object offered. 3- We ship within 1 day of receipt of payment. 4- Returns are allowed within one week from date of receipt for full refund less shipping charges. Buyer pays for return charges.About UsWe are among the top world-wide online ancient art sellers with a physical gallery location in New York City on Museum Mile. We have extensive experience in buying and selling antiquities. When acquiring antiquities, we tend to buy the finest objects and offer them at reasonable prices to our customers. We hand-pick every object and make sure it has great eye appeal as well as good upside investment potential. All objects we buy have been legally acquired, with clear titles, and if imported by us to the United States, has been done so in accordance with international laws concerning the trade in antiquities. Our buying sources are private collectors and major auction houses worldwide. Collecting antiquities can be fun, exciting, and quite rewarding, provided that you buy from the right dealer- one that you can trust and build a long lasting relationship with.All objects we sell are:1- Unconditionally guaranteed authentic (A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany every item over $100).2- Reasonably priced compared to others.3- Professionally packed.4- Shipped upon receipt of payment (1 day turnaround).5- No hassle seven day return privilege for full refund, less shipping. Our commitment to you is:Offer sincere advice, friendly service, and great value for your money. Whether you have been collecting antiquities for a while or just starting, our publication, "How to Buy & Collect Ancient Art", can be of great help to you. It will provide you with valuable information and advice, and after all it is free! Kindly email us to request a copy. *Our vast inventory of ancient art includes one of the finest and most comprehensive ancient glass collections ever assembled; it includes nearly every variety of pre-Roman, Roman, and eastern Mediterranean ancient glass. Aside from those objects listed on eBay, we have many more ancient glass and antiquities in all categories and at all price levels. If you have any specific inquiries, please let us know.