Guennol Lioness- limestone approx. height 87.5 mm.
Diminutive in size, but monumental in concept. The Guennol Lioness was created approximately 5,000 years ago in the region of ancient Mesopotamia. Its creation was contemporaneous with the first known use of the wheel, the development of writing, and the emergence of the first cities.
$57,161,000, a record for any sculpture at auction. That outstanding price also eclipsed the previous record for an Antiquity at auction. One of the last known masterworks from the dawn of civilization remaining in private hands.
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