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A graeco-persian blue chalcedony finial, circa 5th century B.C. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2000

In the form of a reclining panther, its head resting on its fore-paws, the details finely rendered, the ribs incised, drilled from behind for attachment 1.15/16 in. (4.9 cm) long. Estimate $4,000 - $6,000. Price Realized $41,125

Literature: Arts de l'ancien Iran, no. ??. 

Exhibited: Arts de l'ancien Iran, Museé Borély, Marseille, 1975.

Christie's. 13 June 2000. New York, Rockefeller Plaza www.christies.com