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Lot 30

A miscellaneous group of artefacts and fragments, including Palaeolithic flint cores and flakes,...

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Lot 30

A miscellaneous group of artefacts and fragments, including Palaeolithic flint cores and flakes,...

Price Realised: £624

Estimate: £300 - £500

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 30


A miscellaneous group of artefacts and fragments, including Palaeolithic flint cores and flakes, 6.5 cm max length;  a collection of Mesopotamian pottery fragments with umber decoration, 5.9 cm x 6.8 cm maximum; a fragmentary Old Babylonian model bed fragment; two fragmentary and worn Old Babylonian cuneiform tablets, 7.2 cm x 4 cm max; Babylonian baked clay glazed tile fragments, including one with traces of the original floral design, 10.2 cm x 12.6 cm,  another with yellow and white glaze, possibly representing the mane of a lion, 10 cm x 7.8 cm, a group of hollow and solid terracotta nails; some with glazed flat heads, 14.7 cm max;  alabaster vessel fragments, fragments of limestone, a frit seal, spindle whorl, loom and kiln items, multiple vessel fragments, a carnelian bead, spacer bead, a small marble hand fragment, Greek, Roman and Islamic pottery fragments, an Islmaic glass molar flask, 5.9 cm high, glass fragments, copper alloy fragments and arrowheads, tesserae, and other miscellaneous items, circa 5,000 B.C. – Islamic Period; other miscellaneous decorative terracotta statues, plaques, vessels, seals, and a marble cylindrical engraved carving; and a selection of pamphlets relating to Bagdad, Mosul, Babylon, Ninevah and other subjects, with catalogues, maps, photographs and other personal correspondence  (a lot)

Provenance: Harold James Strickland Taylor (1922-2016)

Strickland was a spitfire pilot of 16 Squadron, RAF, and in 1944 was forced to bail out over Holland where he evaded capture for five days before being caught and interrogated by the Germans. A copy of his account, 'One Flight too Many' (1991) is held at the Imperial War Museum. After the war Jimmy Taylor read history at Trinity College (1946-49) and trained as a teacher. In 1953 he was employed by the Iraq government as an English teacher and later as the head of English at the Primary Teachers Training College. While working in Iraq from 1953-57 he took the opportunity during long vacations to explore the archaeological sites of Iran. He recorded and charmingly illustrated these travels which included trips to Ninevah, Mosul, Khorsabad, Tepe Gawra, Nimrud, Assur.

The lot is accompanied by black & white photographs of many of the objects, along with collector’s notes.

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The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

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