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Possible Achaemenid cup found under bed.

 
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Cynisca



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PostPosted: Wed May 28, 2008 2:41 pm    Post subject: Possible Achaemenid cup found under bed. Reply with quote

A 2,500-year-old gold cup that has spent the past 60 years in a box under its owners bed is expected to fetch up to 100,000 after being rediscovered during a house move.
The cup was given to John Webber by his grandfather, a rag-and-bone man, who acquired it in the 1930s.
Because his grandfather, William Sparks, dealt in brass and copper scrap, Mr Webber assumed that it was made from those metals until he had the unusual piece valued this year.
The cup, which is 5.5in (14 cm) high, is embossed with two female faces, each wearing a crown formed from snakes. It baffled experts from the British Museum until metallurgical tests identified its likely origins as the Middle East or North Africa between three and four centuries before Christ.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article4016077.ece
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 06, 2008 10:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and a Hellenistic gold mount with a figure thought to be Ajax, probably from the second century BC and valued at up to 2,000.

only 2,000 ? It seems too little for me.
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