Lot 633

Syrian Poseidon Roman Steatite Stone Carved Pipe

Estimate: $200 - $400

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The lot features a unique Syrian hand carved steatite / soapstone pipe with the face of Poseidon on the front with an older age. The piece is very similar to other works which are attributed to Ancient Syrian Oil Lamps, Romano-Egyptian Oil Lamps, Persian Oil Lamps all of which are of an ancient age and many of which attributed to Poseidon. Poseidon was one of the twelve Olympians in ancient Greek myth and religion and was the god of the sea, storms, earthquakes and horses. The male image is wearing a crown, has a long moustache and beard, his long hair flows down in curls. Two leafs are carved behind the sides of his hair. Just a beautiful example of workmanship. The term "soapstone carving" is often used for sculptures carved from other soft, compact carving mediums, including serpentine and the talc-like mineral pyrophyllite. Soapstone is easy to carve; it is also durable, heat-resistant and has a high heat storage capacity. The Cretan people of ancient Greece used soapstone to make stamps and receptacles. Soapstone carvings were also a popular art form in Iran. Overall the piece appears to have a nice old age but exact age is unknown. Pipe is in good condition, no marring noted. Measures 6.5"L x 1.5"W