Greek silver serving tray to make $91,000 at TimeLine Auctions?

A Greek Hellenistic silver serving tray produced between the 4th and 2nd centuries BC is the lead lot of a sale at TimeLine Auctions in London with an estimate of £40,000-60,000 ($60,756-91,134).

The piece, which was formerly part of a major British collection, features sphinx forms at each corner - identifying it as likely originating from the island of Chios.  

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The tray likely originates from the Greek island of Chios

The sphinx was the symbol of Chios and features heavily on coins and other artefacts from around the same time. The distinctive hairstyle and wings matches the island's official style.

A Western Asiatic bronze model of a hunter riding in a chariot is likely to prove another highlight of the February 13 sale, with a valuation of £6,000-8,000 ($9,134-12,151).

The rare lot dates to around the middle of the 3rd millennium BC and depicts a shirtless hunter armed with a bow, arrow and hunting dog.

It's an early depiction of the chariot, a technology that had only begun to spread in Eurasia around 100 years earlier. It would go on to be used in warfare by the Hittites in the second millennium BC.

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