bactrian idol

A simular pair of Bactrian marble column idols, circa 3000-2000 BC. They have a elegant tapering form with a undeep groove running on the top. The marble is strikingly vained in a grey bleuish color. One is completely original, the other one was sanded (we found it as such). The original one has incrustations and the vains are deepened with time. There are no restaurations visible and the colomn has no breaches. These columns are believed to be religious objects whereas others think they are counterweights. Undeniably they have an intrinsic abstract beauty which almost feels modern. Interestingly men in ancient times often chose to use abstract form to worship their deities all tough they perfectly were capable of figurative work. As the original one is a real good example of a Bactrian colomn idol the sanded one is interesting in its own right and might be reused for a other purpose.

H 10.63 in. x Dm 4.73 in.H 27 cm x Dm 12 cm
Ref. 2001

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