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Auction Description for Artemission: Themed Antiquities: Animals in Ancient Art

Themed Antiquities: Animals in Ancient Art (175 Lots)

by Artemission


175 lots with images

January 24, 2017

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London, United Kingdom

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Egyptian Wood and Gilt Falcon, Late Period - Ptolemaic, c. 664 - 30 B.C.

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Description: With reddish pigment on the body, multicoloured stripes at the breast, the face gilded, with black facial marking, the wig in blue, the headdress missing.

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Greek Cypro-Archaic Bichrome Terracotta Bird, c. 8th-6th Century B.C.

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Description: Standing bird on integral round base, deployed wings, some details painted in black and red.

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Nishapur Glazed Pottery Dish with Bird, Persia 11th Century A.D.

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Description: Decorated in green and red underglaze with a standing bird, a fruit in front and squares with dots in black and red dots on top.

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Rare Greek Core Formed Glass Head of a Bird, c. 6th-5th Century B.C.

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Description: Of blue glass with yellow festoon trailing, the eyes in white glass with blue pupils. Broken with part of one side missing.

Condition Report: Fragment

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Corinthian Aryballos Painted with Harpy Bird, c. 7th-6th Century B.C.

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Description: The body painted with a Harpy bird with lady’s head with long hair, open wings and flowers fillers in dark red, short neck, disk rim painted in brown at the top, strap handle.

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Large Sumerian Steatite Amulet of a Bird, c. 2500 B.C.

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Description: With folded wings, feet tucked under the body, head bent. Eyes recessed for inlays.

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Egyptian Glass Amulet of an Ibis Bird, c. 500 B.C.

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Description: Seated ibis holding a double plume in its beak, suspension loop on back. The ibis was regarded as the incarnation of Thoth.

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Greek Apulian Painted Epychysis with Dove, c. 340 B.C.

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Description: Enlivened with white and yellow slip, with bands of vine, vine tendrils and leaves, the front with a dove between two vases, high strap handle with head of a lady on the two sides of the handle terminals.

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Bronze Oil Lamp with Multiple Spouts, Seljuk, c.11th Century AD

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Description: Resting on an open-work integral base, elaborated foot, four spouts, loop handle surmounted by a finely detailed bird, a bronze cord with griffin heads tassels. A round band at the top with Kufit inscription, lid in the shape of a lion head.

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Merovingian Frankish Bird Silver Gilt Brooch, c. 5th-6th Century A.D.

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Description: Silver-gilt s-shaped plate brooch with bird-head at each end, eyes inserted with garnets, the central motif with several rectangles, one with zigzag, pin-lugs and catchplate to the reverse. Cf. similar brooches from the Frankish cemetery at Monceau-le-Neuf-et-Faucouzy, deptn Aisne, France.

Condition Report: Intact, one garnet inlay missing

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Persian Islamic Ornament in the Form of a Bird, Seljuk c. 10th Century A.D.

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Description: The tail and wings in interlaced arabesque and front with arabesque open-work, head with chased feathers, small hole at back. Hollow body standing with open wings on a round integral stand.

Condition Report: Repaired

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Persian Rose Water Jug in the Form of a Bird, Seljuk c. 10th Century A.D.

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Description: The back, front and wings in interlaced arabesque, head with opening beak, a central dome lid at the back.

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Egyptian Bronze and Steatite Ibis, c. 650-350 B.C.

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Description: Long beak curving downwards, incised with ridged beak, S shaped neck. The head and neck made of bronze and the body made of steatite. Two holes for inserting the legs (now missing).

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Egyptian Limestone Relief of a Chick, c. 400 B.C.

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Description: Carved in high relief with a chick with very fine details. The quail chick hieroglyph is used in the Ancient Egyptian language hieroglyphs for the alphabetic vowel letter w, or the u.

Condition Report: Part of a larger relief

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Egyptian Cartonnage Falcon Head, c. 600-200 B.C.

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Description: A falcon mummy mask depicting the head of Horus wearing the double crown over a tripartide striped wig. Excellent facial details.

Condition Report: Some loss of paint, otherwise in excellent condition

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Two Egyptian Faience Necklace Terminals, Heads of Falcon Horus, c. 600 B.C.

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Description: Two turquoise faience necklace terminals in the form of the falcon Horus with the solar disk and finely engraved details. Each with holes for suspension.

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Egyptian Steatite Figure of Horus the Falcon wearing the Double Crown, c. 900-600 B.C.

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Description: The upper half of a figure of the Falcon Horus, wearing a tripartide wig and the double crown of upper and lower Egypt.

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Roman Bronze Statuette of an Eagle, c. 1st-2nd Century A.D.

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Description: Excellent quality Roman bronze sculpture of an eagle, standing with engraved details on the body to represent feathers and to highlight physical features.

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Egyptian Agate Figure of the Falcon Horus, c, 900 B.C.

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Description: Various shades of grey agate, nicely carved with the standing figure of the falcon Horus. Integral base and suspension loop.

Condition Report: Small break to integral base, tiny chip to beak.

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Egyptian Faience Amulet of the Falcon Horus, Egypt c. 900 B.C.

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Description: Turquoise blue faience Horus, wearing the double crown of upper and lower Egypt. Set on integral base, the tail extending over the edge.

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Egyptian Lapis Lazuli Figure of the Horus Falcon,  Third Intermediate Period, 1000 B.C.

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Description: Figure of the Horus falcon with beautiful carved details. On integral rectangular base. Exquisite.

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Crystal Near Eastern Duck Amulet/Weight, Early First Millennium B.C.

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Description: In the form of a sleeping duck with the head resting on its back. Pierced for suspension. These amulets were also used as weights.

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Granite Duck Weight, Old Babylonian, c. 1700 B.C.

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Description: Heavy black granite, elegantly shaped weight in the form of a sleeping duck with its head resting on its back.

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Large Bronze Duck Weight, Old Babylonian, c. 2nd Millennium B.C.

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Description: Sleeping duck with fine feather details and long curving neck, its head resting on its back.

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Roman Bone Plaque Engraved with Nude Leda and the Swan, Roman Egypt, c. 1st Century B.C./A.D.

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Description: Of rectangular shape, very finely engraved with figure of standing nude Leda, left arm over her head holding a mirror over her right shoulder, her drapes falling by her elbow, an alert swan standing by her side gazing lovingly at her.

Condition Report: Fragment

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Egyptian Terracotta Harpocrates and Goose, c. 2nd Century B.C.

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Description: Seated, nude, sidelock emerging from under his cape, holding his right finger to his mouth. Mounted on a goose, his left arm around its neck.

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Egyptian Terracotta Goose Oil Lamp, Alexandria, c. 2nd-1st Century B.C.

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Description: The lamp with a hollow seated goose on top, wearing garland, with well defined wings and a refilling hole on top. A small square column behind its head with a bronze loop for suspension.

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Roman Marble Figure of a Lady Holding a Goose, c. 2nd Century A.D.

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Description: Torso of a lady draped in a pleated chalmis, holding a goose with her hands.

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Corinthian Painted Terracotta Alabastron, c. 6th Century B.C.

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Description: Decorated with two confronting cockerels, rosettes in between.

Condition Report: Tiny chips.

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Graeco-Roman Terracotta Cockerel, 2nd Century B.C. - 3rd Century A.D.

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Description: Nicely carved terracotta composition of a cockerel, with high crest, wattle and curled tail feather.

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Roman Bronze Feeding Cockerel, c. 1st Century A.D.

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Description: Exquisite quality and nice feather details, walking forwards and pecking at the ground.

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Nishapur Pottery Bowl with Large Bird, Persia, c. 12th Century A.D.

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Description: Glazed pottery bowl on circular foot, decorated with a large bird. In red, yellow, brown and fawn in underglaze paint.

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Roman Bronze Swan Oil Lamp, 1st-2nd Century A.D.

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Description: Cast in the shape of a standing swan with short legs, curved neck, fine details of the wings, top of the body with the refilling hole, tail with the lamp’s nozzle.

Condition Report: Feet missing, otherwise intact

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Roman Bronze Dolphin Attachment, 2nd Century A.D.

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Description: Bronze diving dolphin, with upturned tail and curved body.

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Egyptian Alabaster Fish Amulet, c. 3rd Century B.C.

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Description: Realistically carved with drilled hole at the front for suspension to a necklace.

Condition Report: Front of the head repaired with original pieces

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Egyptian Cornelian Fish Amulet, New Kingdom, c. 1550-1070 B.C.

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Description: Cornelian bead finely carved in the shape of a fish, loop for suspension. Exquisite details.

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Egyptian Cornelian and Amethyst Fish Amulets, NK, 18th Dynasty, c. 1504-1450 B.C.

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Description: Three amulet beads, two cornelian and one amethyst, finely carved in the shape of fish and pierced horizontally for suspension.

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Egyptian Tilapia Fish Amulet, New Kingdom, c. 1550 - 1070 B.C.

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Description: A bronze amuletic figurine (nekhau) of a tilapia fish modelled in the round with a large dorsal fin, round-section attachment peg to the underside.

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Greek Campanian Red-Figure Fish Plate, 4th Century B.C.

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Description: Beautiful fish plate decorated with a perch, ray-fish, squid and a flower in the centre. The border with scroll pattern. Broken into six fragments and repaired with the original pieces, no new addition.

Condition Report: Repaired

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Egyptian Breccia Cosmetic Fish Plate, N.K., c. 1500 B.C.

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Description: Of fawn and red breccia stone. Shape of a fish carved into a shallow bowl.

Condition Report: Minute chip to tip of tail and top fin.

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Anatolian Neolithic Steatite Frog Amulet, c. 3200 -3000 B.C.

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Description: Nicely carved in the shape of a stylised frog, flattened, with deeply incised eyes. Highly polished surface, pierced for suspension.

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Sumerian Steatite Frog Amulet, c. 2500-2200 B.C.

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Description: Finely detailed crouching frog, with raised head, protruding front legs and pierced concentric eyes. Smooth surface.

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Near Eastern Sumerian White Steatite Frog Amulet, c. 2500 B.C.

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Description: Crouching frog, with raised head and bulging round eyes. Smooth surface. Pierced horizontally for suspension.

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Egyptian White Steatite Frog Amulet, Third Intermediate Period c. 1000 B.C.

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Description: Leaping frog of elegant shape and pointed mouth, round bulging eyes, pierced horizontally for suspension.

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Egyptian Steatite Frog Amulet, NK, 18th Dynasty- 1567-1320 B.C.

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Description: Seated frog with superb realistic details, drilled horizontally for suspension.

Condition Report: Some stress cracks, otherwise intact

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Egyptian Brown Faience Amulet of a Frog, Third Intermediate Period, c. 1000 B.C.

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Description: Finely carved with realistic features on integral round base. Pierced for suspension.

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Egyptian Black Steatite Frog Amulet, 18th Dynasty, c. 1350 B.C.

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Description: Leaping frog of elegant shape and pointed mouth, fine details and polished surface. Pierced horizontally for suspension.

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Greek Pottery Figural Askos, c. 5th Century B.C.

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Description: In the form of a mouse with its head resting on its forelegs, tail curled around its right hind leg, spout above rump, with strap handle, striped fur and details added in black.

Condition Report: Chip to left ear, otherwise intact

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Indus Valley Terracotta Guttus with Fish, c. 2200-2000 B.C.

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Description: The upper surface painted in brown with a central wheel & star and two long fish.

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Roman Redware Terracotta Oil-Lamp with Fish, c. 3rd-4th Century A.D.

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Description: With round body and elongated spout, the discus engraved with a fish. Two filling holes.

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