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A Minoan Basalt or Serpentine Bowl, Middle Minoan III/Late Minoan I, circa 1700-1450 B.C.

5,000 - 8,000 USD
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  • A Minoan Basalt or Serpentine Bowl
  • Stone
  • Diameter 4 1/8 in. 10.5 cm.
with broad pyriform body carved in low relief with the centrally-ribbed petals of an open flower. 


Leo Biaggi de Blasys (1906-1979), acquired in Switzerland in the 1950s/1960s
by descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

Cf. Peter Warren, Minoan Stone Vases, Cambridge, England, 1969, pp. 14-17, fig. P60, and Lila Marangou, ed., Minoan and Greek Civilization from the Mitsotakis Collection, Athens, 1992, nos. 203-205, for related examples. Also compare Sotheby’s, New York, December 7th, 2001, no. 58, a larger but very similar bowl formerly in the Gillet Collection.

For other objects from the Biaggi de Blasys Collection sold in these rooms, including two acquired from the May 14th, 1960, Ars Antiqua auction in Lucerne, see Sotheby's, New York, December 10th, 2008, nos. 38, 57, and 98.