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9,000-Year-Old Neolithic Mask To Be Auctioned In June

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 9,000-year-old limestone mask, the oldest art object ever offered at Christie's, could sell for up to $600,000 when it goes under the hammer in June, the auction house said on Wednesday.

The rare Neolithic limestone mask, which evokes a human skull and resembles a modern-day hockey mask, is one of the earliest sculptural types to survive from antiquity, according to Christie's.

"Only very few of these masks are known," said Molly Morse Limmer, head of Christie's Antiquities department in New York. "All were found in the Judean desert, all were carved of limestone, and all represent the human skull." click here to read more

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