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A Cypriot Clay Figurine of a Donkey, Late Bronze Age, ca 1200 BC

A most charming donkey figurine with baskets strapped to its back. Standing on four legs with baskets extend to either sides of the body that have a handle against the back of the neck and a hole in the bottom of each. The head is facing forward with depicted eyes and large ears sticking straight up. There is a collar around the neck with a pendant at chest. A tail is attached to the back right leg.

Dimensions:  Height: 3 3/4 in, width: 4 inches

Condition: Small chip to left basket and front left leg otherwise intact and in excellent condition overall with traces of original white pigment to belly and back legs.

Provenance: The William R. Crawford collection of Ancient Glass and Antiquities, acquired in Cyprus prior to 1972.  This piece is accompanied by an export license from Cyprus.   William R. Crawford, a retired American career diplomat and expert on the Middle East and Cyprus, was Director of Arab-Israeli Affairs at the State Department between 1959-1964, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Cyprus thereafter. In the 1970's, he was ambassador to Yemen and then to Cyprus and later became principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near East and South Asian affairs. He donated part of his collection to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts prior to his death in 2002.

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