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MS1701

A rare pair of Sumerian stone eyes, Late Uruk Period, ca. 3300-3000 BC

From a composite figure, the thick diorite lids naturalistically carved, tapering at the inner canthus and outer edge, beveled on the interior to conform to the alabaster/calcite stone sclera, the sclerae drilled to receive the black stone pupils.

Dimensions:  length: 7/8 inches (2.2 cm), height: 3/4 inches (1.9 cm)

Condition:  Intact and in excellent condition overall. Presented on a custom mount.

Provenance:  Private collection of Irma Giustino Weiss (1919 - 2015), wife of art collector Benjamin Weiss. An Upper East Side philanthropist , Weiss was well known in the art world and throughout the magazine publishing industry. As a graduate of The School of Art at Cooper Union, she was an active and generous alumna, establishing financial programs and scholarships for students to experience the unique and exciting art and cultural treasures of New York City. She was also a major donor to the Whitney Museum and Rockefeller University.  Irma also had a successful career in the publishing industry. She was the first woman hired to the Art Department of Triangle Publishing, received two awards for Art Director at Ziff Publishing and went on the become a Creative Director for Conde Nast Publications.  

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