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Huge Ancient Greek Cypriot Bronze Age Snake Vessel - 2500 BC

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Seller: artancientltd (9,481) 99.4%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 291710746479 Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge A very large Early Bronze Age Cypriot bowl, dating to 2500 - 1900 BC.The deep hemispherical bowl is decorated in typical red polished ware, with two stylised ledge lug handles bearing outwards from the rim. Each handle has two vertical perforations for rope suspension. The perforations impart a zoomorphic appearance on each handle, which together with the rim tubercles convey the appearance of bucrania - the bull headed effigies that were common throughout many cultures in the ancient world and which presumably had potent fertility significance.Below the rim and between each handle there are what appear to be meandering snakes. In antiquity, snakes had strong Chthonic connotations, providing a link between the real world and the underworld, which was apparent by their ability to disappear into and reappear out of the earth. The profuse symbolism on this bowl suggests it may have had religious and/or funerary significance. One of the most impressive early Cypriot pieces we have seen. Diameter: 17 1/2 inchesHeight: 7 1/2 inches Condition: Excellent for a vessel of this size, one or two minor chips to rim, otherwise untouched, with no restorations and with original surface.Provenance:Collected by Leon Rodrigues-Ely, 1924 – 1973.Leon Rodrigues-Ely was the heir to a wealthy shipping family, which operated a trade route between Bordeaux and the United States. The business was established in the 18th century, and soon grew to a large and successful enterprise. Rodrigues-Ely's wealth allowed him to indulge his passion for art, forming a large collection of rare and beautiful pieces. A copy of a photo of this piece (taken before 1973), will be provided to the new owner, along with a French export licence. Authenticity Our parent company, ArtAncient Ltd. are members of the Antiquities Dealer's Association, LAPADA, CINOA and the BNTA. We exhibit at major art fairs and have sold to museums and important collectors. All objects we sell are authentic as described. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. All sales are subject to our terms and conditions, which can be found on our website, As legitimate sellers, we do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. inkfrog terapeak inkFrog Analytics

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