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Auction Description for ArtemisGallery LIVE: Ancient / Ethnographic Art Discovery Sale
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Ancient / Ethnographic Art Discovery Sale

by ArtemisGallery LIVE


375 lots with images

July 31, 2013

Live Auction

P.O. Box 714

Erie , CO, 80516 USA

Phone: +1 720-502-5289

Email: info@artemisgallerylive.com

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Lot of 4 Ancient Indus Valley Bowls

Lot 1: Lot of 4 Ancient Indus Valley Bowls

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Description: Middle East, Indus Valley, ca. 4000 BCE. A set of four bi-chrome pots with linear and geometric designs on exterior. 4-1/4"D - 5"D. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Intact with surface wear and mineral deposits.

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A Neanderthal Stone Tool

Lot 1A: A Neanderthal Stone Tool

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Description: Stone Age, Europe, ca. 300,000 years ago! Light brown stone, hand-carved to fit perfectly in the hand. One side smooth, while the other side is chipped to form an edge. 5" x 4" The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Intact with collection numbers marked on sides.

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Lot of 2 Neanderthal Stone Tools

Lot 1B: Lot of 2 Neanderthal Stone Tools

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Description: Neanderthal, Stone Age, Europe. A pair of stone tools, one large and flat tool, the other a long and narrow tool likely used as a knife. 4-1/4" x 3-1/2" and 3-3/4" x 2" The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Both intact and excellent.

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A Danish Neolithic Stone Axe

Lot 1C: A Danish Neolithic Stone Axe

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Description: Denmark, Neolithic Period, 5000 BCE. A finely carved stone axe of white and grey stone with hints of brown. Axe tapers from a narrow handle to a wide and flared blade. Edge is still sharp. 4-3/4"L The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Excellent.

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An Acheulean Handaxe

Lot 1D: An Acheulean Handaxe

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Description: France, Achulean region, ca. 1 Million Years Ago! This small tool tapers from a narrow end to a wide and flared blade. This tool represents the dominant technology for most of human history. 5"L. The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Lot of 2 Danish Neolithic Stone Axes

Lot 1E: Lot of 2 Danish Neolithic Stone Axes

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Description: Denmark, Neolithic Period, 5000 BCE. A nice pair of neolithic stone axes, one of grey stone, the other of brown. Each tapers from a narrow end to a slightly flared blade. Both with collection numbers on sides. "Skane" written on brown stone. 4"L and 4-1/4"L. The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Lot of 4 Ancient Indus Valley Pots

Lot 2: Lot of 4 Ancient Indus Valley Pots

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Description: Indus Valley, ca. 4000 BCE. A lot of four terracotta pots: two cylindrical bowls with geometric designs; two upright jars with linear and geometric designs. Bowls: 3-3/8"D. Jars: 3"H & 3-7/8"H. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Chipping; one bowl has repaired side.

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Lot of 3 Indus Valley Bi-Chrome Bowls

Lot 3: Lot of 3 Indus Valley Bi-Chrome Bowls

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Description: Indus Valley, ca. 4000 BCE. Three terracotta bi-chrome pots with geometric and linear design. White slip with black paint. 3-1/2" - 4"D. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Chipping and crack repairs as shown.

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Lot of 3 Indus Valley Shallow Bowls

Lot 4: Lot of 3 Indus Valley Shallow Bowls

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Description: Indus Valley, ca. 4000 BCE. A set of three terracotta bowls, each decorated with linear designs. Two bowls with white slips, the other with a dark brown slip. 3-7/8"D - 5"D. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Mineral encrustation and one bowl with crack repair.

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Sumerian Cuneiform Tablet

Lot 5: Sumerian Cuneiform Tablet

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Description: Sumer, ca. 3rd - 2nd Millennium BCE. Baked clay tablet with cuneiform inscription. Just under 3"L. Authenticity guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Heavily worn with stable cracking as shown.

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Large Sumerian Cuneiform Tablet

Lot 5A: Large Sumerian Cuneiform Tablet

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Description: Starts at $75-Sumer, ca. 3rd - 2nd century BCE. A cuneiform biscuit with inscription crossing through middle. Inscription on both sides. 3-1/2"L. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Surface wear and cracking. Some mineral deposits on face.

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Lot of 3 Indus Valley Cylinder Bowls

Lot 6: Lot of 3 Indus Valley Cylinder Bowls

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Description: Indus Valley, ca. 4000 BCE. A collection of three Indus valley bowls, of the cylinder variety, with bi-chrome geometric decoration. 3-3/4"D - 4-1/4"D. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Repaired cracks and mineral deposits as shown.

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Lot of 2 Large Indus Valley Bowls

Lot 7: Lot of 2 Large Indus Valley Bowls

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Description: Indus Valley, ca. 4000 BCE. Two examples of large terracotta bowls, each standing on a small pedestal with painted geometric and linear designs. 7-3/4"D & 6-1/2"D. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Both intact, save small chip repair to larger bowl.

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Ancient Near Eastern Susa Terracotta Olla

Lot 8: Ancient Near Eastern Susa Terracotta Olla

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Description: Near East, ca. 1st Millennium BCE. Terracotta vessel with painted decoration, flat bottom and raised rim. Bowl slipped in a near-brown color, with four concentric dark brown lines and three white undulating lines decorate the sides of the bowl. 3-1/4"D x 2-1/2"H. The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Intact save surface wear.

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Lot of 2 Ancient Chinese Calcite Bracelets

Lot 9: Lot of 2 Ancient Chinese Calcite Bracelets

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Description: China, Possibly Neolithic Period, 8th - 2nd Millennium BCE. Two Chinese near-white hard stone bracelets. The larger bracelet has a flat base which tapers on the top. Two pairs of ancient holes on either side of bracelet. The second bracelet maintains a fairly thick loop around entire piece. 4-1/4"D and just under 4"D as shown.

Condition Report: Both have been repaired with surface wear and mineral deposits as shown.

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Lot of 3 Indus Valley Shallow Bowls

Lot 11: Lot of 3 Indus Valley Shallow Bowls

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Description: Starts at $100 - - Indus Valley, ca. 4000 BCE. A set of three terracotta bowls, each decorated with linear designs. Two bowls with white slips, the other with a dark brown slip. 3-7/8"D - 5"D. Provenance: Ex-Smith Collection, CA. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Mineral encrustation and one bowl with crack repair.

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Lot of 2 Indus Valley Saucer Ollas

Lot 12: Lot of 2 Indus Valley Saucer Ollas

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Description: Starts at $50 - -Indus Valley, Ca. 4000 BCE. Two examples of early Indus terracotta saucers. Each decorated with geometric and linear design. 4"H & 3-1/2"H x 6"W. Provenance: Ex-Smith Collection, California. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Small stable crack on taller vessel, small probe hole and crack repairs on wide vessel.

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Lot of 3 Indus Valley Cylinder Bowls

Lot 13: Lot of 3 Indus Valley Cylinder Bowls

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Description: Indus Valley, ca. 4000 BCE. A collection of three Indus valley bowls, of the cylinder variety, with bi-chrome geometric decoration. 3-3/4"D - 4-1/4"D. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Repaired cracks and mineral deposits as shown.

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Jackson-Papered Native American Crescent Bannerstone

Lot 15: Jackson-Papered Native American Crescent Bannerstone

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Description: Starts at $400- Monroe County, Illinois, Circa 4000 BCE (Middle Archaic Period). Woodland crescent bannerstone in "wingnut" form in speckled diorite. 2-1/8"L x 4-3/8"W. Authenticity Guaranteed. The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Choice

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Jackson-Papered Native American Popeye Birdstone

Lot 16: Jackson-Papered Native American Popeye Birdstone

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Description: Starts at $500-Jefferson County, Ohio, Circa 3500 BCE (Middle Archaic Period). Woodland "Popeye" birdstone in speckled granite. 5-1/8"L x 2-3/8"W. Authenticity Guaranteed. The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Choice

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Anatolian Marble Mace Head

Lot 17: Anatolian Marble Mace Head

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Description: Anatolia (modern day Turkey), Chalcolithic Period - Early Bronze Age, ca. 2500 BCE. Finely carved marble mace head of white marble with beautiful yellow rivering. Center drilled hole for mounting on pole. 2-7/8"H. Custom stand. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Surface wear and pitting as shown.

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Pre-Columbian Valdivian Venus Figure

Lot 18: Pre-Columbian Valdivian Venus Figure

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Description: Valdivia culture is the name given by archaeologists to the beginnings of settlement life in Ecuador, South America, between about 3500-1500 BCE. This exceptional terracotta female is called a "Venus" figure and probably represents a fertility idol. Solid clay with squarish features, red pigment to face and hair, small breasts and simple legs/torso with wide hips another indication of fertility. One of the finer of this rare type we have ever seen! 3-3/8"H. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Missing lower legs, else quite excellent

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Ancient Syrian Terracotta Mother Goddess

Lot 19: Ancient Syrian Terracotta Mother Goddess

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Description: Near East, Late 2nd Millennium - Early 1st Millennium. Press-molded plaque with female standing, possibly the goddess Astarte, in relief, holding her breasts, a gesture for fertility. Her hair is in careful rows and wears a long flowing gown. 5-1/8"H. Custom stand. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Repairs at center and knees.

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(2) Anatolian Alabaster Carvings - Stargazer and Pyxis

Lot 20: (2) Anatolian Alabaster Carvings - Stargazer and Pyxis

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Description: Anatolia, ca. 2nd Millennium BCE. First a Bactrian pyxis with carved rim and shoulder. The second, a stargazer head with two flat sides forming a triangular shape. 3-1/2"H & 1-1/2"H respectively. Custom stand with stargazer. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Losses as shown.

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Lot of 3 Ancient Dong Son Bronze Bells

Lot 21: Lot of 3 Ancient Dong Son Bronze Bells

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Description: Starts at $200-Far East, Vietnam, Dong Son Culture, ca. 2000 BCE - 200 CE. Three bronze ceremonial bells of the Dong Son Culture. The largest bell is beautifully decorated with geometric flourishes resembling hearts. The middle bell is a lovely shade of grey-green with heavy encrustation inside. Smallest bell has a nice light green patina. All three are missing the original clappers, but have a beautiful form and fine decorative handles. Largest bell 4 1/2"T, middle bell 3 1/2"T, smallest bell 2 1/2"T. Provenance: Ex-D. Smith collection, Alpine, CA.Authenticity GuaranteedThe starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Intact with surface wear, encrustation, and patina.

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Lot of 2 Egyptian Banded Alabaster Jars

Lot 22: Lot of 2 Egyptian Banded Alabaster Jars

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Description: Egypt, Middle Kingdom, ca. 1985 - 1773 BCE. A pair of finely carved banded alabaster cosmetic jars, long in form with little nub handles on either side. Alabaster alternates between beautiful cream and off-white colors. 2-1/4"H & 2"H. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Excellent.

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Canaanite Bronze Duck-Billed Axe

Lot 23: Canaanite Bronze Duck-Billed Axe

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Description: Starts at $300 -Israel, Ca 1730 to 1550 BCE - Middle Bronze Age. Cast bronze axe head in typical duck bill form, central socket for attachment to shaft, twin eyes above vertical ridge line. 4"L x 2-1/8"H. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Repair at shaft, else quite excellent.

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Lot of 3 Ancient Syrian Terracotta Figures

Lot 24: Lot of 3 Ancient Syrian Terracotta Figures

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Description: Near East, Syria, ca. 1000 - 300 BCE. A pair of Syro-hittite terracotta fertility idols, one a head with headdress and a tall idol with wide headdress, tunic around shoulders, and arms supporting large breasts. A single Hellenistic head, slipped in white, with wide eyes, strong nose, wearing a shawl. 1-7/8"H; 3-1/2"H; 1-3/8"H.

Condition Report: Standing figure repaired. Heads are fragments of larger pieces.

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Bronze Age Cypriot Terracotta Flask

Lot 25: Bronze Age Cypriot Terracotta Flask

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Description: Cyprus, Middle Cypriot Period, ca. 1600 BCE. Terracotta flask with wide bulbous body and flared spout. Brown-red swirl paint design. 5-1/2"H x 5-1/2"W Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Intact with micaceous clay deposits. Beautiful root markings.

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Cypriot Terracotta Askos

Lot 26: Cypriot Terracotta Askos

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Description: Starts at $100 - -Bronze Age, Cyprus, Middle Cypriot Period, ca. 1600 BCE. Terracotta askos with spherical body, cylindrical neck with flared spout. Three loop handles are placed on the shoulder and near the base of vessel. Vessel is slipped in an off-white and has added red paint design. 6" x 5" Provenance: Ex-Private Chicago Collection. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Intact with micaceous clay deposits. Beautiful root markings.

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Lot of 2 Egyptian Faience Ushabtis

Lot 27: Lot of 2 Egyptian Faience Ushabtis

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Description: Starts at $150 - -Ancient Egypt, Middle Kingdom, ca. 1500 BCE. A set of two faience ushabtis of a teal-blue color with black headdresses. Mummiform figures hold crook and flail across chest. Each just under 4"H. Custom stand available to display both pieces. Provenance: Ex-Private New York, NY Collection. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Both intact.

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Pre-Columbian Morales Standing Female

Lot 28: Pre-Columbian Morales Standing Female

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Description: Mexico, Ca 1500 BCE - contemporary with the Olmec - standing female flat, arms to her sides and pointed legs shown nude save headdress. A lovely and rare figure! 6"H. Authenticity Guaranteed. The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Surface a bit eroded in one area, else excellent

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Important Xochipala Terracotta Figure

Lot 29: Important Xochipala Terracotta Figure

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Early Classic ca 1500 BCE. Solid, molded clay figure of a standing youth - sex undefined. "He" stands with his hands to his chest with rounded hairdo and typical pudgy knees. Remains of red pigment in ears. The clay is so dense I debated over whether this is clay or stone. 8"H. Authenticity Guaranteed. The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Near-choice

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Rare Xochipala Terracotta Standing Figure

Lot 30: Rare Xochipala Terracotta Standing Figure

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Description: Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Ca 1500 BCE. Early, solid molded terracotta figure wearing large necklace with center stone and headdress, slit eyes and long earrings to the sides. 5-7/8" H. Authenticity Guaranteed. The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Intact and excellent

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Pre-Columbian Tlatilco Baby Figure

Lot 31: Pre-Columbian Tlatilco Baby Figure

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Description: Starts at $100 - -Central Mexico, Ca 1500 to 1200 CE. Adorable small, solid molded pottery figure of a baby, somewhat seated with truncated arms extended from body and short legs. Face with typical slanted eyes, remains of original pigment. 5-1/8" H. Provenance: Ex-private East Coast, USA collection. The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Chip to top of head

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Large / Early Morales Terracotta Female

Lot 32: Large / Early Morales Terracotta Female

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Description: Starts at $350-Mexico, Ca 1500 to 1000 BCE. Finely molded pottery female, nude with distended belly (pregnant?) small breasts and decorated headdress. 6-1/2"H. PROVENANCE: Ex-private M. Poolos Collection, Skokie, IL acquired before 1970. The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Near-choice! A very finely detailed example rarely seen this nice.

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Olmec Terracotta Seated Figure

Lot 33: Olmec Terracotta Seated Figure

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Description: Starts at $400-Pre-Columbian, Eastern Mexico to northeastern Guatemala, Ca 1500 to 1000 BCE. Small, molded seated figure from this early and important culture. Shown nude, seated with legs spread, hands to thighs. Facial features drilled and impressed. 4-1/8"H. PROVENANCE: Ex-private M. Poolos Collection, Skokie, IL acquired before 1970. The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Intact and excellent

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Miniature Egyptian Faience Ushabti

Lot 34: Miniature Egyptian Faience Ushabti

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Description: Starts at $100 - Egypt, Late Period, ca. 1000 - 500 BCE. Miniature faience shabti with hieroglyphs down center and around waist. Green glaze. 3"H Provenance: Ex-Private Texas Collection. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Intact.

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Lot of 3 Iron Age Holy Land Vessels

Lot 35: Lot of 3 Iron Age Holy Land Vessels

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Description: Starts at $125 - Holy Land, Iron Age, ca. 1000 BCE. Three terracotta vessels of coarse red clay. One dipper with handle and large bowl, the other two are small pedestal salt dishes. Dipper: 6"L. Salt Dish: 2-1/4"D; 2-3/4"D. Provenance: Ex-Private Northern Colorado Collection. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Small surface cracks and chips as shown.

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Egyptian Faience Amulet of Isis and Horus

Lot 36: Egyptian Faience Amulet of Isis and Horus

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Description: Egypt, 26th Dynasty, Ca. 685-525 BCE. Seated Isis wearing Lunar and Crescent crown, holding infant Horus. Amulet is faience glazed. 1-1/2"H. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Small stable crack around center.

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Lot of 4 Iron Age Holyland Terracotta Bowls

Lot 37: Lot of 4 Iron Age Holyland Terracotta Bowls

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Description: Starts at $200 Holy Land, Iron Age, ca. 1300 -1000 BCE. Four terracotta redware bowls of varying shape and detail. Bowl 1: Light red - orange bowl with raised center and three sets of linear markings. 5-1/4"D x 2-1/4"H. Bowl 2: Dark red pedestal bowl with roped marking around exterior of bowl. Some black burn marks. 5-1/2"D x 2-1/4"H. Bowl 3: A fine half-sphere bowl with narrow pedestal. Hints of manganese around bowl. 5-1/2"W x 3-1/2"H. Bowl 4: Large redware bowl in half-sphere on small/narrow pedestal with slight inward curve to rim. Incised dot pattern around rim. Manganese and burn marks on sides. 5-1/2"W x 3-1/4"H. Provenance: Ex-Private Northern Colorado Collection. Authenticity Guaranteed

Condition Report: Surface wear.

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Egyptian Bronze / Glass Double Uraeus

Lot 38: Egyptian Bronze / Glass Double Uraeus

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Description: Starts at $150 - Egypt, Late Period, Ca. 664 - 332 BCE. A delicate bronze double Uraeus with inlaid glass design. Beautiful mineral deposits with hints of azurite. Custom stand. 1-1/4"H. Provenance: Ex-Private Royal Oak, MI Collection, acquired through family descent. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: One Uraeus repaired.

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Egyptian Faience Amulet of Bes

Lot 39: Egyptian Faience Amulet of Bes

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Description: Starts at $200 Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasties 21 through 25, Ca 1070 to 712 BCE. Light blue / aqua faience figure depicts the god Bes with arms on hips and legs bent outwards. Wearing the royal Hemhem crown. Custom Mount. Bes measures 3-1/4"H. Provenance: Ex-Glenn Woods Collection, Dallas, TX. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Minor loss to side of crown.

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Near Eastern Stone Cylinder Seal

Lot 40: Near Eastern Stone Cylinder Seal

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Description: Starts at $150 - Near East, Ca. 1st Millennium BCE. Small roller seal with incised geometric markings. 1"H.  The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Intact.

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Anatolian Bronze Axe Head

Lot 41: Anatolian Bronze Axe Head

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Description: Starts at $100 - Anatolia, modern day Turkey, ca. 1st Millennium BCE. A cast shaft hole axe head with curved blade opposite pick end; a shaft hole at center for attachment. 4-3/4"L. Custom Stand. Provenance: Ex-Private New York City, NY Collection. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Excellent.

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(2) Luristan Bronze Ibex Stamps, Ex-Sackler

Lot 42: (2) Luristan Bronze Ibex Stamps, Ex-Sackler

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Description: Starts at $150 - Luristan, ca. 1000 BCE. A pair of cast bronze Ibex stamps. Each stamp has twin Ibex heads on a pillar with a round stamp base. Geometric stamp design. Loop handles on each piece. 2-7/8"H & 3"H. Provenance: Ex-Arthur M Sackler Collection, acquired around 1970. Accession numbers UA452 and UA875u. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Small piece has ibex missing horn and a chip off another horn. Else excellent.

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Luristan Bronze Ibex Finial, ex-Sackler

Lot 43: Luristan Bronze Ibex Finial, ex-Sackler

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Description: Starts at $100 - Luristan, ca. 1000 BCE. Large, cast bronze ibex finial with fine incised detail of coat, eyes, horns, and hair. Standing on a pedestal and with loop under chin. 3-1/8"H. Provenance: Ex-Arthur M Sackler Collection, acquired around 1970. Accession number 113. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Bronze has been cleaned.

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Holy Land Terracotta Strainer

Lot 44: Holy Land Terracotta Strainer

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Description: Starts at $25 Holyland, Iron Age, early 1st Millennium BCE. Terracotta strainer with central opening containing holes for straining water from hard materials. Red terracotta is slipped with white. 5-1/2"W. Provenance: Ex-Private New York Collection. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Losses as shown.

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Set of 3 Egyptian Faience Ushabtis

Lot 45: Set of 3 Egyptian Faience Ushabtis

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Description: Starts at $100 - Egypt, Late Period, ca. 1000 - 500 BCE. Three shabtis of differing form, one sky blue with hieroglyphs down center, one green with crook and flail, the last yellow with black paint on headdress and back. Measures between 3-1/2"H and 5"H. Provenance: Ex-Private New York Collection. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Largest has been repaired in two places, else intact.

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Early Iron Age Canaanite Incense Holder

Lot 46: Early Iron Age Canaanite Incense Holder

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Description: Starts at $50 - Levant, Canaanite Culture, ca. 1000 BCE, Early Iron Age. Terracotta bi-chrome incense holding vessel with four loops (three remain) to suspend from ceiling. Four feet support vessel when on flat surface. Geometric design painted on sides of vessel. 3-1/2"H x 5"W. Provenance: Ex-Private New York Collection. Authenticity Guaranteed The starting price is the price at which the piece can sell.

Condition Report: Losses as shown. Repair to rim.

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