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Chinese Cizhou-Type Russet Splashed Black Glazed Bowl

Ships From: Louisville, CO US

Description: China, Northern Song / Jin Dynasty, ca. 12th to 13th century. Shallow ceramic bowl rising from a short foot to everted rim, interior splashed with streaks of russet reserved against a lustrous bluish-black ground, exterior glazed with black streaks with streams of russet ending just above the foot (iron oxide slip was splashed to create the contrasting russet spots, some containing silvery metallic flecks). Size: 5.25" W (13.3 cm)For a similar example, see Bonhams, Oct 9, 2014 auction, estimate of 20,000 to 31,000 Euros. Provenance: Ex-the estate of Paul and Louise Bernheimer, Cambridge, MA and Laguna Woods, CA - acquired before 1980 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #111465

Condition Report: Intact/near choice

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Huge / Translated Chinese Qing Dynasty Bronze Bell

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Description: China, ca. 1644-1912 CE. Translated, the inscribed characters indicate that this bell was cast in January of 1901 in the city of Xi Ning in the Qing Hai province. Offered in the name of Buddha (Guan Yin), a believer named "Wang Chao Sheng" donated this bell, although it is unknown as to whom or where it was donated. This example of a "bianzhong," or Buddhist bell or Chinese court bell, features a rounded & folded base, raised pattern lines running throughout, and a large ornate handle fashioned in the shape of a twin-headed dragon. The handle of the bell also contains horseshoe-shaped carvings to imitate scales as well as raised triangular areas along the median emulating spines running the course of the dragon's back. Four circular lotus panels used for striking the bell are positioned equidistant from each other around the circumference of the lower half. Such bells were not intended to have striking hammers on the inside as court officials or religious patrons would often strike the bell with padded mallets themselves. One of the larger examples we've ever seen! Size: 16" L x 16" W x x27.5" H (40.64 cm x 40.64 cm x 69.85 cm). Provenance: Ex-private collection of D. Smith, Alpine, CA. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #100633

Condition Report: Intact / excellent!

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12 Chinese Han Dynasty Bronze Parasol Fittings

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Description: China, Han Dynasty, ca. 206 BCE to 220 CE. This is a group of twelve small bronze objects with traces of original gilding that are the kind of thing you're likely to find in the British Museum's "mystery objects" quizzes -- they are sure to provoke discussion from anyone who sees them! They have delicate flower-shapes, with thin, hollow socketed stems with a single branch; their bases are either round discs or four-petaled flowers. These fittings are called gaigongmao in Chinese; they went on the top of the parasol used atop a horse-driven chariot. The Terracotta Army, from ca. 210 BCE, includes a carriage with an umbrella affixed to its side, and ancient China is our oldest known reference point for folding umbrellas. A fully gilded single example of one of these fittings sold for 2500 USD at Sotheby's in 2013. Size: 1.6" L x 0.55" W (4.1 cm x 1.4 cm) Provenance: Ex- K. Dorney collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #113285

Condition Report: Slight bending to some; some small quantities of gilding remain.

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Group of Chinese Ming Dynasty Shipwreck Porcelains

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Description: Far East, China, found in the Philippines, ca. 16th century CE. This is a group of porcelain from a a Ming period Chinese shipwreck off the coast of Busuanga, Philippines. It contains a large porcelain platter with a blue on white orchid design and two bowls with blue and white floral motifs on the interiors and exteriors. There are also Sanskrit characters on the bowl, which would have been a symbol of Buddhism. These were found in 1997. Ming Dynasty China (1368 to 1644) is known as one of the longest periods of social and and governmental stability in human history. During this time period, China's was the great naval power of the East, with technology that surpassed anything that Europe had yet developed; this was the time of Zheng He and China's role as an international trader from the Mediterranean to the south Pacific. As the Ming period progressed, and the political conditions that had held the overland Silk Route together deteriorated, a Maritime Silk Road became more important to Chinese trade. Interestingly, many of the elements of these porcelains -- which would have been produced in China, under the control of the Imperial Court maintained Bureau of Design that ensured uniform standards in the production of ceramics -- had been inspired by Islamic art from further west trading opportunities. These come with two beautiful wooden stands for the small bowls. Size: Platter is 12-1/2" diameter x 2-1/2" H (32 cm x 6 cm); bowls are 5-3/4" diameter x 3" H (15 cm x 8 cm). Published in Arts of Asia, Volume 28, Number 3, May/June 1998: 76-88. Provenance: Ex-private Northern Colorado collection, ex-Orientations Gallery, San Francisco, under the authority of the National Art Museum of the Philippines. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110425

Condition Report: There are only tiny chips and cracks on these pieces; although the blue is slightly faded from centuries under the sea, the designs are very clear. There is a slight patina and the markings where barnacles were in small places, but this adds to the authenticity of the pieces.

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Museum-Exhibited Chinese Tang Dynasty Camel

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Description: China, Tang Dynasty, ca. 618 to 907 CE, probably from the 8th century CE. This is a large, hollow, unglazed pottery figure of a Bactrian camel wearing a harness and laden with saddle bags. This camel was made to be a tomb figure, known as mingqi. Tang dynasty elites had underground tombs full of pottery figures that were made to care for their every need in the afterlife. This figure may have been painted (rather than glazed), but the paint will have flaked off in the intervening years. The art of the Tang Dynasty is truly international, reflecting a world in which the Chinese court spread its influence through military conquest and trade to Central Asia, India, Persia, Africa, and southeastern Asia. In this prosperous period, Tang elites imitated the style of the Persians, wearing high boots, short tunics, and leopard skin hats. Music, sport, and dance all emulated Central Asian styles and made them their own. Nothing is more representative of this cultural milieu than the figure of the Bactrian camel who, with his saddle bags, carried so many of these goods and, by extension, practices east and west along the Silk Road. Travelling west from the Tang capital, Chang'an, the Silk Road passed through Taklamakan Desert. The Bactrian camel was vital to this transport because of its abilities -- to go without water for a week, to travel 30 miles a day, and to carry hundreds of pounds, as well as to withstand very hot and very cold temperatures. This particular camel figure was displayed in the Denver Art Museum in the 1960s. Size: 12" L x 5.25" W x 11.25" H (30.5 cm x 13.3 cm x 28.6 cm). Provenance: Ex-Sarkisian Gallery, Denver, CO acquired in the 1950's. Displayed, Denver Art Museum, 1960's. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #112749

Condition Report: This piece has been repaired but the repairs are difficult to see. There is some soil encrustation and wear, but the shape of the figure is clear.

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19th C. Thai Seated Gilded Bronze Buddha w/ Monks

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Description: Thailand, ca. late 19th century. This is a Thai rattanakosin style Buddha in Bhumisparsa mudra, the earth-touching gesture.He is seated atop a seven-tiered throne. The top tier is a lotus, the second tier has five seated monks, and the lower five are surrounded by monks in relief. There are also floral motifs on the bottom tier. Size: 7-1/4" H x 5-1/2" W x 4" L (18.4 cm x 14 cm x 10.2 cm). Provenance: Ex-Private Northern Colorado collection. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110921

Condition Report: The piece has wear and patina and some of the gilding has come off, particularly on the upper body of the Buddha figure.

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Extremely Rare Asia Minor Stone Turtle - 7000 Y/O

Ships From: Louisville, CO US

Description: Asia Minor, 6th to 5th millennium BCE. One of the earliest examples of figural art we have had the pleasure of ever offering or even handling! A carved stone turtle of a well-defined form with shell, legs, tail, and a head with pierced eyes and a pleasant smile, all nicely delineated. Hues of light russet and white, some of which are inherent to the stone, others which have naturally developed over the years, enhance the beauty of this piece. The significance of the turtle in Asia Minor is difficult to ascertain; however, we have seen ancient coins from Asia Minor that depict a turtle on one side. Also, during the 19th century, several travelogues made note of the prevalence of turtles in this part of the world. For instance, one Frederick Arthur Neale wrote,"The large lagoons off Ayas afford shelter to innumerable turtle, which are occasionally caught by crews of men-of-war. Her Majesty's steamer 'Hecate' caught upwards of three hundred in a very few hours; and it was rare sport to see the tars turning them over, or getting turned over themselves, as the turtle made a rush to break through their ranks, and escape to sea." (Eight Years in Syria, Palestine and Asia Minor, from 1842 to 1850, volume 2. p. 226) An extremely rare, early, and quite endearing piece of visual culture! Custom stand. Size: piece itself measures 6" L x 5" W x 1.75" H (15.2 cm x 12.7 cm x 4.4 cm) Provenance: Ex - private New Jersey collection formed between 1960 and 1985 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #112527

Condition Report: Intact and of a vivid form, with expected encrustation and surface wear. Remarkably in overall excellent condition.

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Rare Indian Sandstone Relief of Brahma

Ships From: Louisville, CO US

Description: Southeast Asia, India, ca. 10th to 12th century CE. A carved pink sandstone relief panel depicting the Hindu deity Brahma. Quite a rare representation as most sculptures depict Brahma with four heads. Here we see one; however, the piece possesses many other attributes that identify it as Brahma. First off, he is depicted with a beard, as is the case with most representations. This alone would not be enough to convince me that it is Brahma, however, the figure has several other attributes of Brahma as well, including the water pot in the lower left hand; the lower right hand is open bestowing blessings; one of the upper hands is holding a scroll (usually believed to be of the Vedas, though Shivites believe this scroll to be the Ramayama and Vishnuites believe it to be the Baghavad Gita), and finally, in his right upper hand he holds a club-like staff or scepter symbolizing a regal presence. Brahma is one of the three principle deities of the Hindu pantheon comprised of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Together these gods respectively represent the creative, preservative, and destructive energies. Brahma, who is regarded as the master of the universe, was the primeval male god who created the world and all forms of life. A stupendous example, finely carved in high and low relief with remarkable detail, skillfully conveying the figure's movement and expression! Size: 21-1/2" x 10" x 4-3/4" (54.6 x 25.4 x 12.1 cm) Provenance: Ex-private New York City collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #111033

Condition Report: Minor losses to some areas as shown, but a fine and unusual representation. Not your typical Brahma!

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Indian Pink Sandstone Narasimha Fragment

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Description: South Asia, India, ca. 1600 CE. An impressive, hand carved pink sandstone high relief fragment depicting the Hindu deity Narasimha (meaning man-lion; also known as Narasingh, Narsingh, and Narasingha), one of the ten avatars of the Hindu god Vishnu, with six arms holding attributes in the top three hands and the bottom three shown killing the demon Hiranyakasipu. The Narasimha figure wears necklaces of varying lengths, armbands adorned with stylized visages on the front two arms, and bracelets on four arms. Narasimha is flanked by banded vertical pillars on both sides. According to Hindu mythology, the god Brahma told the demon Hiranyakashipu that he was invincible and could not be killed by either a human or animal, by day or night, and that no weapon could rival his powers. However, his son Prahlada was loyal to Vishnu, despite the fact that his father threatened his life because of this. One day, the demon Narasimha challenging Prahlada kicked a stone pillar and asked, "If your god is so omnipresent, does he exist in this pillar as well?" At this point, Vishnu emerged from the pillar in the form of the man-lion Narasimha and fiercely killed the demon. This momentous incident when the leonine faced, curly maned figure slayed the demon Hiranyakasipu, is dramatically depicted on this fabulous relief carving! Size: relief itself measures 16-1/2" x 13" x 3-1/2" (42 x 33 x 8.9 cm); on stand measures 18" x 17" x 5" (45.7 x 43.2 x 12.7 cm) Provenance: Ex-private Loveland, Colorado collection. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110911

Condition Report: A large fragment from an even larger relief with surface wear and losses to face, hands, right pillar, and other protruding elements as shown.

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18th C. Nepalese Gilded Copper Panel - Bodhisattva

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Description: South Asia, Nepal, ca. 1750 CE. A gorgeous, gold gilded and lacquered copper repousse panel depicting a standing Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, with four arms raised holding attributes in each hand, standing atop two deer, the entire composition before a full body mandorla and atop a half lotus throne. Beyond the intricate composition, luxurious nature of the materials, and fine artistry exhibited in this example, is the deeply symbolic and sacred iconography of the piece. Avalokitesvara is a Sanskrit name that literally means "the lord who looks upon the world with compassion." The embodiment of ultimate compassion, Avalokitesvara (Quan Yin or Kuan Shih Yin in Chinese) took a vow to liberate all sentient beings of the universe from suffering. The term Bodhisattva is derived from the word bodhi which means enlightenment, and a bodhisattva is an enlightened being who foregoes entering paradise in order to assist others to achieve enlightenment or buddhahood. Bodhisattvas are among the most compassionate beings in the universe, devoting themselves to saving the suffering. Traditionally depicted as less austere than Buddhas with graceful postures and elegant garments, this piece is no exception. Attached to a wood base section with turning pins for easy removal if desired. Size: piece itself measures 7-3/4" x 6" x 1-1/4" (19.7 x 15.3 x 3.2 cm); 9-5/8" high with base. Provenance: Ex-private northern Colorado collection. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110398

Condition Report: Minor surface cracks and wear. Otherwise intact with beautiful patina.

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17th C. Rare Indian Carved Wood Plaque w/ God

Ships From: Louisville, CO US

Description: India, ca. 17th century CE. This is a small part of a wooden cart, carved with the image of a god riding a quadruped - possibly a tiger - in high relief. The god has four arms, two of which hold implements while the other two are held up in a symbolic gesture. Size: 3.45" L x 6.6" W x 14.2" H (8.8 cm x 16.8 cm x 36.1 cm) Provenance: Ex - Private San Diego, CA collection acquired in the 1980's. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #116026

Condition Report: Expected wear with some encrustation, but figure is clear.

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10th C. Indian HIndu Sandstone Bas Relief

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Description: South Asia, India, ca. 10th century CE. A finely carved red sandstone bas relief most likely depicting semi-divine celestial attendants captured in a swaying pose with their faces looking left, perhaps toward a deity they are presenting. While their bodies appear to be nearly identical in pose and dress, their headdresses are distinct. Given this differentiation, another possibility is that this trio represents the three major Hindu deities: Brahma the creator, Vishnu the preserver, and Shiva the destroyer. An early mention of this sacred triad occurs in Kaladasa's poem entitled "Kumarasambhava" (Birth of the War God) dating back to ca. 4th to 5th century CE, and the famous Trimurti Temple dates to the beginning of the 8th century CE. Oftentimes these three gods are fused into a single form with three faces. When this happens, the avatar is known as Dattatreya. By depicting these three deities together, the iconography suggests that each deity in not one-dimensional - that Vishnu is not solely a preserver and Shiva not merely a destroyer for instance. A superb example of Hindu art replete with spiritual content, skillful technique, and impressive artistry. Custom, wood block stand. Size: relief itself measures 8.25" W x 10.5" H (21 cm x 26.7 cm); with stand 9.5" W x 13.5" H (24.1 cm x 34.3 cm) Provenance: Ex-Bill Freeman collection, Santa Fe, NM All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117229

Condition Report: Minor surface abrasions and losses to peripheries as shown.

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19th C. Japanese Lacquered Wood, Gold Buddhist Shrine

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Description: Japan, 19th century CE. This is a lacquered, painted, and gold-leafed wooden shrine depicting the Lotus Sutra as performed by two fully robed Buddhas seated atop lotus blossoms. Behind them are golden mandralas, and on the mandralas is written Namu Myoho Renge Kyo, which means, "Devotion to the Mystic Law of the Lotus Sutra or Glory to the Sutra of the Lotus of the Supreme Law", a chanted mantra in Nichiren Buddhism (a predominant Japanese form of the religion). The color of the paint on this piece is excellent, especially on the lotus flowers and the Buddhas; the decoration on their robes is exquisite. The piece is also much lighter than expected, giving it a delicacy. Size: 13-1/4" H x 10" W x 3" L (34 cm x 25 cm x 8 cm). Provenance: Ex-private Loveland, Colorado collection. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110429

Condition Report: Although this piece feels delicate, it is fully intact, with bright colors and paint details. There is some very minor chipping to one lotus throne.

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19th C. Japanese Lotus Sutra / Tenkai Nankobo Shrine

Ships From: Louisville, CO US

Description: Japan, 19th century CE. This is a lacquered wooden shrine decorated with gold leaf. It has Japanese writing on the front of the doors and a phrase on the interior mandala: Namu Myoho Renge Kyo, which means, "Devotion to the Mystic Law of the Lotus Sutra or Glory to the Sutra of the Lotus of the Supreme Law", a chanted mantra in Nichiren Buddhism (a predominant Japanese form of the religion). The shrine is of the Lotus Sutra, and depicts two fully robed Buddhas with their hands in the anjali mudra pose, which means "to offer" or "to salutate". There is a figure of Tenkai Nankobo, a monk who attained the highest level of priesthood in the early Edo period, seated on a throne in the center of the shrine. This zushi has a large amount of detail, including on the outside, where all of the clasps and hinges have delicate carving. Size: 7-1/2" L x 20" W x 12" H (19 cm x 51 cm x 30-1/2" cm). Provenance: Ex-private Loveland, Colorado collection. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110432

Condition Report: There is some wear to the lacquer on the interior and some flaking on the exterior. The Japanese characters are very clear, as is the artwork on the interior.

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18th C. Japanese Wood Dhyana Buddha

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Description: Japan, Edo Period, early 18th century (ca. 1720 CE). This is a wooden sculpture of a Buddha seated in the Dhyana mudra, the gesture of meditation, also called the full lotus position. He is covered in black lacquer over a gesso base coat. He has a red jewel embedded beneath his ushnisha (the bump on top of his head that symbolizes a part of his enlightenment) and crystal painted glass eyes. He was made out of several blocks of wood put together. The Buddha figure is seated on a 19th century CE wooden throne in the form of a lotus flower with a mandrala behind his head; it seems likely that this throne was originally made for another figure, but the size suits him well. This piece comes from the Edo Period in Japan, when the country was closed to almost all foreigners and enjoyed political stability for 250 years, allowing artwork to flourish. A piece like this would have been produced by a master craftsman in a workshop and sold to the general public or put into a shrine or temple. The level of carvedd detail on both Buddha and base is impressive. Size: 11" H x 9-1/2" W x 8" diameter at base (28 cm x 24 cm x 20 cm). Provenance: Ex-private Loveland, Colorado collection. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110433

Condition Report: Although there is some wear, especially to the Buddha figure, the piece is intact. Gold shines through on the mandala.

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19th C. Japanese Gilded Lacquer Amida Buddha

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Description: Japan, Edo Period, 19th century CE. Standing wood figure of the Amida Buddha. He stands atop 5 tiered lotus throne, red jewel set into ushnisha, green jewel set into his forehead, painted crystal eyes and much original gilding on surface. Quite lovely! Size: 10-1/4"H (30cm). Provenance: Ex-private northern Colorado collection. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110909

Condition Report: Mandorla missing on reverse, else excellent.

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Thai Lanna Near Miniature Bronze Buddha

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Description: Southeast Asia, Northern Thailand, Lanna, ca. 16th century CE. A near miniature Thai bronze cast Lanna style Buddha, seated in half lotus position, with hands in the Bhumisparsa or Subduing Mara / Earth Witness mudra, atop an oval shaped straight sided throne. The Lanna and Chiang Saen style was used between the 11th and 18th centuries CE. Its influences include the Khmer, Sukhothai, India, Burma, and Sri Lanka. Buddha images of the later Lanna period show the influence of the Sukhotai with finer hair curls, a flame shaped finial, and a thin hair band. The visage by this point became more oval shaped, and the mantle oftentimes extended down to the navel. Most depictions of the seated Buddha display the Bhumisparsa mudra as we also see in this example. A lovely Lanna style Buddha with beautiful green and brown patina! Size: 5-3/4" x 3-1/4" x 2" (14.6 x 8.3 x 5.1 cm)In the calling the earth to witness Mudra, the Buddha's left hand rests on his lap with palm upright and his right hand touches the earth. This Mudra symbolizes the moment of Buddha's enlightenment. According to legend, Siddhartha Gautama (the historical Buddha) was attacked by a demon Mara with legions of frightful monsters. They intended to scare Siddhartha away from the sacred Bodhi tree. However, Siddhartha would not move. Mara then dared to claim Siddhartha's seat of enlightenment for himself, claiming that his spiritual deeds were more significant than Siddhartha's. Mara's monsters cried out, "I am his witness!" and Mara looked at Siddhartha and challenged, "Who will speak for you?" Siddhartha's replied without words. Instead he reached out his right hand to touch the earth, and the earth boldly pronounced, "I bear you witness!" Provenance: Ex-private Northern Colorado collection; ex-private Vancouver, British Columbia collection. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110916

Condition Report: Chip to back of throne. Stable crack to chest, back, and left shoulder area. Gorgeous deep green and brown patina.

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19th C. Thai Ratanakosin Gilded Bronze Prince Siddharta

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Description: Southeast Asia, Thailand, ca. 19th century CE. A brilliant cast bronze image of Prince Siddhartha prior to his enlightenment; we know this as we see no ushnisha or rashmi. His hands are positioned in the Bhumisparsa or 'earth witness' mudra, and he is seated in half lotus position atop a three tiered, flame spiked throne with front canopy. This sculpture is a quintessential example of the Ratanakosin style with its flame-like motifs emerging from the shoulders and ears of the crown, beautiful robe with a floral design, and elaborately decorated pedestal. Beyond the incredible detail, lustrous gold gilt on virtually the entire piece and red lacquer highlights on the throne and back canopy add to the beauty of this work of spiritual art! Size: 6-1/4" x 5" x 2-1/2" (15.9 x 12.7 x 6.4 cm)The Ratanakosin style is the continuation of the Ayutthaya style that rose after the destruction of Ayutthaya in 1767. Wood became less important than it was in the Ayuttaya period, and bronze became the material of choice.Prince Siddharta is presented in a calling the earth to witness Mudra, his left hand on lap with palm upright and his right hand touching the earth. This Mudra symbolizes the moment of Buddha's enlightenment. According to legend, Siddhartha Gautama (the historical Buddha) was attacked by a demon Mara with legions of frightful monsters. They intended to scare Siddhartha away from the sacred Bodhi tree. However, Siddhartha would not move. Mara then dared to claim Siddhartha's seat of enlightenment for himself, claiming that his spiritual deeds were more significant than Siddhartha's. Mara's monsters cried out, "I am his witness!" and Mara looked at Siddhartha and challenged, "Who will speak for you?" Siddhartha's replied without words. Instead he reached out his right hand to touch the earth, and the earth boldly pronounced, "I bear you witness!" Provenance: Ex-private Loveland, Colorado collection. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110922

Condition Report: Expected abrasions and chips to gilt surface. Small loss to back edge of base. Overall excellent.

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19th C. Burmese Gilt Wood Kneeling Monk

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Description: Southeast Asia, Central Burma (modern Myanmar), Mandalay, ca. mid 19th century CE. A Mandalay style carved wooden Buddhist monk adorned with gold leaf, kneeling with hands pressed together in prayer upon an integral base. As we see in this example, Mandalay style figures generally demonstrate keen attention to details in the robes and often the body, face, and hands are fully gilded. As is characteristic of Mandalay figures, this monk's downturned eyes are set far apart and the hairline or hairband runs from ear to ear. He puts forth a pleasant smile and countenance. Mandalay style was influenced by the Thai and Arakan style as craftsmen from Thailand were brought to Burma in the mid 1700s in large numbers due to their paramount carving skills. These artisans developed their own unique style blending Ayutthaya and Arakan influences. The hole on the back of the throne area was deliberately created as a reliquary for blessed rice and other relics. A refined example of spiritual Buddhist art! Size: 8-1/2" x 3-1/3" x 3" (21.6 x 8.5 x 7.6 cm) Provenance: Ex-private Loveland, Colorado collection. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110938

Condition Report: Expected surface wear with areas of missing gold leaf. Damage to underside of base. Hole in back of throne area intended for relics such as blessed rice, etc. Overall good condition.

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19th C. Burmese Gilded Bronze Mandalay Buddha

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Description: Southeast Asia, Myanmar / Burma, ca. 1850 CE. A beautiful bronze Burmese Mandalay Buddha seated in the full lotus position, with hands in the Bhumisparsa mudra, embellished with an inlaid mirror and green glass crown band at the hair line, a red lacquered gold leaf bronze surface, and inlaid naturalistic eyes. The Buddha sits peacefully atop a flat throne, this form also characteristic of the Mandalayan style. In Burma (modern Myanmar) Mandalay is regarded as the center of Buddhism and consequently art flourished in this region and it became known as the center of pure art of Myanmar. The artists employed advanced techniques to create a sophisticated style. This example possesses characteristic traits of the Mandalay Buddha with its oval shaped face, flat temples, human-like facial features (ie those inlaid eyes, fleshy nose, and smiling lips), elongated ears that extend all the way to the shoulders symbolizing Buddha's all-hearing powers and wisdom, slender body, lacquered finish painted with the red pigment known as Chad, gilding, and inlaid glass as we see in the hairband. Mandalay artists appreciated realism, particularly when depicting the facial featurs and manner in which the many folds of the robe cascade from the left shoulder over the body. A superb example! Size: 17-1/2" x 14" x 9" (44.5 x 35.6 x 22.9 cm) not including custom stand. IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to size, crating will be required. Please inquire about shipping.The Buddha displays the Calling Earth to Witness mudra, also known as Subduing Mara or Bhumisparsa representing the moment just prior to enlightenment, with the Buddha sitting in meditation, his left hand in his lap with palm upright, and his right hand palm downward touching the earth. At the moment just before Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment, the demon Mara viciously attacked him with his troops of monsters attempting to scare him away from his seat under the bodhi tree. However, the Buddha to be remained. Mara claimed that his spiritual deeds were greater than Siddhartha's challenging the Buddha to be. Then Siddhartha extended his right hand to touch the earth, Mara disappeared, and Siddhartha achieved enlightenment. Provenance: Ex-private Northern Colorado collection. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110404

Condition Report: Expected wear to gold leaf, chips and abrasions to lacquered surface. Otherwise intact and near choice.

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18th C. Burmese Gilded Wood Buddha, ex-Audry Meadows

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Description: Southeast Asia, Burma, late 18th century CE. This is a lacquered, gold-leafed wooden statue of a Buddha in the Burmese Mandalay style. He has fine carved details of his sash and hair, and the carving on his throne is elaborate flowered and geometric designs. The Mandalay style is often of a youthful, sweet-faced Buddha. His hair hugs his head in tight curls. In this particular piece, he has a prominent ushnisha. Buddhas are always depicted in different mudras, or poses, that represent historical moments in the Buddha's life, forms of meditation, or a symbolic combination of both. This Buddha is depicted in the Bhumisparsha mudra, with his right hand over the right knee reaching towards the ground and the palm inward and touching the lotus throne. His left hand lies in his lap with the palm upright. This mudra represents the moment of his awakening, as he defeated the demon Mara, and claimed the earth as his witness to his enlightenment. Size: 36-1/2" H x 15-1/2" W x 11-1/4" L (93 cm x 39 cm x 28-1/2 cm). IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to size, crating will be required. Please inquire about shipping. Provenance: Ex-private Northern Colorado collection, from the Audry Meadows Burmese Art Collection, Seattle, WA 1998 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110410

Condition Report: One corner of the base of this statue is chipped, revealing the wood underneath. There are small chips to one ear and to the top of the ushnisha. The body has some wear and pitting, and there is a patina. However, the original gilding is still visible as is the rich red paint.

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Huge 16th C. Thai Sandstone Head of Buddha

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Description: Southeast Asia, Thailand, ca. 16th to 17th century CE. Near monumental in scale, this head of Buddha of the Thai Ayuthia period was expertly carved from gray sandstone. His face displays an expression of the utmost serenity with downcast eyes below gracefully arched eyebrows, a noble nose, and gently smiling lips, clearly a visage that could inspire hours peaceful meditation. The head of the Buddha is perhaps the most significant element of the deity as it represents the immense body of knowledge and wisdom of Buddha along with the tranquil nature that emanates from its expression. Oversized as we see in this example with a large Ushnisha, the cranial lump on the head, the Buddha's head symbolizes the wisdom and knowledge acquired after attaining enlightenment. Furthermore, the curled, short hair of the Buddha signifies the nobility of Buddha. Beyond the multi-layered meaning embodied in the iconography of this piece, the technique executed to create the meticulously carved coiffure and ushnisha comprised of countless neat curls and the absolute smoothness of the contours of that face is paramount, and the artistry is simply remarkable! A rare and sublime piece of history that has survived many centuries! Custom wood block base. Size: head itself measures 15" x 8" x 11" (38 x 20.3 x 27.9 cm); 21" high on base Provenance: Ex-private Northern Colorado collection. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110415

Condition Report: Losses to ushnisha, rashmi, and ears. Chips, abrasions, and scratches in stone surfaces consistent with age.

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20th C. Thai Carved Buddha - Natural Ruby

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Description: Southeast Asia, Thailand, ca. 20th century CE. A near miniature seated Buddha hand carved from natural, striated ruby. The Buddha sits in the Samadhi mudra in half lotus position upon a five-lined canopied throne with hands displaying a Samadhi or Dhyana mudra of meditation with joined thumbs forming a triangle that is symbolic of the Three Jewels (Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha) and by extension, soundness of the body and the mind. Reminiscent of the Ayutthaya-style Buddha Shakyamuni, with his face displaying a serene expression, downcast eyes below arched eyebrows, smiling lips and curled headdress and ushnisha surmounted by a flame. Beyond the rich iconography and finely delineated detailing commensurate with outstanding technique and artistry is the inherent beauty of the stone. The natural ruby of this piece is mesmerizing with myriad striations in the stone of berry red hues that range from bright magenta to deep, more subdued violet. A work of spiritual art that truly dazzles the eye. Size: 2-1/2" x 1-3/8" (6.4 x 3.5 cm) Provenance: Ex-private Northern Colorado collection. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110416

Condition Report: Intact and choice.

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Incredible Cambodian Khmer Bronze Temple

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Description: Southeast Asia, Cambodia, Khmer, ca. 12th to 14th century CE. A remarkable bronze cast sculpture of a shrine or temple in four distinct sections. Each side the parapet adorned with a Buddha triad in its facade, seated meditative Buddhas at the corners, surmounted by a row of seated meditative Buddhas, another row of seated meditative Buddhas, and finally a pointed finial comprised four faces of Buddha, all supported by a base which is also adorned with seated meditative Buddhas and Buddhas in front of mandorlas for feet. Within the shrine are four dancing Buddhist figurines that are removable. A work of remarkable artistry and intricate detail! Size: 24-1/2"H (62.2 cm) . Provenance: Ex-Sarkisian Gallery, Denver, CO acquired between 1947 and 1955. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #108622

Condition Report: Losses to several of the feet, 2 of the second level Buddha appendages, section of parapet and wear as shown. Slightly tiled (correctable). Worthy of professional restoration.

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18th C. Burmese Gilded Bronze Buddhist Temple

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Description: Southeast Asia, Burma, Ava Period, ca. 18th to 19th centuries CE. This is a gilded bronze votive temple with four open-sided walls and a dramatically decorated roof capped by a tree-branch-like spire. This type of building is known as a pyatthat, a multi-tiered and spired roof found in Burmese royal and Buddhist architecture. This item was cast during the Ava period, a time of transition and upheaval in Burmese history, when ties with India - previously very strong - began to fall away because of the ongoing warfare and lack of centralized power. This is a really gorgeous example of a votive temple, probably made to be placed upon an altar. Comes with nice wooden custom stand. Size: 3" L x 3" W x 9.5" H (7.6 cm x 7.6 cm x 24.1 cm) Provenance: Ex - B. Mussin Collection, San Diego, CA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #116037

Condition Report: Wear to gilding, with dirt encrustation and some patina.

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Ancient Anglo-Saxon Iron Helmet

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Description: Anglo-Saxon England, ca. 6th to 8th century CE. An exceedingly fine iron helmet comprised of two wide iron bands attached with rivets supporting an iron "crown." Anglo Saxons helmets, as well as Danish and Viking ones, had a conical shape in order to protect the wearer's head by deflecting direct blows. The most expensive ones, used by kings and nobles, were entirely made of steel and iron while less expensive ones had an iron 'skeleton' to which panels of animal horn, hard leather or even wood were fixed. The face, cheeks and the neck of the wearer were protected by additional elements made of iron plate or other materials. Size: 8" L x 7.6" W x 6" H (20.3 cm x 19.3 cm x 15.2 cm)The Saxons were fierce bearded warriors who fought with a ruthless, surprise attack style that intimidated many, even the Romans. Anglo-Saxon society revolved around warfare. Freemen were automatically warriors and were expected to fight from early adolescence. Teenage boys were often taken into a chieftain's household to be trained as warriors. Anglo-Saxon warriors were equipped with javelins and throwing axes as well as swords and shields. In particular a "scramasax" - a single-bladed dagger - was used for close-quarter fighting. Gesiths (serving-men and companions to the king) fought for their hlaford (lord/ breadgiver). Freemen were rewarded for their military service with (at first generally temporary) grants of land. The need to obtain more land for distribution encouraged policies of conquest, and the kings of Wessex were particularly successful because they were able to expand into Cornish territory. One of the most legendary was Alfred the Great, the King of Wessex from 871 to 899, who defended his kingdom against the Viking attempt at conquest and by the time of his demise had become the dominant ruler of England. For these reasons, he was the only English monarch accorded the epithet "the Great". The epithet was retained by succeeding generations of Parliamentarians and empire-builders who saw Alfred's patriotism, success against barbarism, promotion of education and establishment of the rule of law as supporting their own ideals. Provenance: Ex-private United Kingdom collection, acquired in the early 1980's. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #108701

Condition Report: Intact save one small area, near choice.

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Incredible Viking Iron Sword with Gold Inlays

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Description: Northern Europe, Viking, Oakshot type X. Mid 9th century to mid 12th century. Single handed cutting sword. This sword is a good original example of the type. Blade has been cleaned electrolytically and oiled. No corrosion is evident. The blade is doubled edged. Wide fuller to both face and obverse surfaces, runs almost the entire length of the blade, fades out about a 23mm before the point. Blade has a broad rounded point. The blade is noticeably broad, 50mm at origin. In plan the cross guard is rectalinear, with squared terminals. Tang is broadly triangular, tapering towards the proximal end, with a step at the proximal end onto which the pommel finial is seated. The end of the tang is riveted over the end of the finial to lock it to the tang. The pommel is of Pierce’s ‘tea cosy type in transition to Brazil nut’. Size: 36" L x 7.125" W (91.4 cm x 18.1 cm)Tested for metal analysis and authenticity by Dr. Gerry McDonald at Gerry McDonald Archaeometals, Wales. Results will be provided to purchaser, but confirms age of the metal and manufacturing technique is consistent wth swords from the Viking era. Provenance: Ex-Private UK collection formed in 1984. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117174

Condition Report: Intact. Pitting as is expected for an iron weapon of this age. Some damage to blade from use as shown. Losses of gold inlay. Overall remarkable for weapon that is almost 1000 years old!

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Important Luristan Iron Decorated Sword - 29.4

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Description: Ancient Near East, Luristan, ca. 1100 BCE. A long iron sword with a triangular blade marked by a broad, flat midrib and an elaborate handle - disc-shaped flat pommels with an overhanging top pommel. The grip is divided into three sections by projecting metal rings. Luristan is famous for its bronzework, but its blacksmiths produced some of the oldest known decorated tools and weaponry in the world. Partly this seems to have been in imitation of the bronzework; hence the incredibly-shaped handle here. This is remarkable because iron is a much less tractable metal to work with compared to bronze, and items like this sword had to be laboriously made from many separate pieces of low-carbon iron. Based on similar swords from the area, the bulbous shapes at the top of the handle may actually be degraded forms of lion couchants; the overhanging edges might once have had grotesque human faces on them. Roughly ninety swords like this one have been published as of 1989; one has been found with the lower part of a scabbard, and another was found inlaid with cornelians. Some of the leather in the scabbards was radiocarbon dated to ca. 1100 BCE, hence the date given here for this sword. It seems that these pieces were made not to be used in battle, but instead to show status or as votive weapons - there is a strong tradition in the ancient Near East of swords and other weapons being associated with the gods. For example, there is a rock carving dating to ca. 1300 BCE from this region that shows a scene of the gods of the Underworld, including one who is holding a sword similar to this one. Similarly, a golden bowl excavated at Hasanlu shows three swords of similar form to this one that are associated with three deities from the Hittite pantheon. Size: 29.4" L x 2.6" W (74.7 cm x 6.6 cm)Whatever its original function, this would have been a spectacular weapon to behold; iron objects from this time period are extremely rare, especially ones as decorated as this. The gleaming surface would have been even more interesting to see than bronze, the most common prestige metal of the time. Whoever commissioned the making of this sword must have been a high status individual, perhaps seeking to honor their gods by handling such a weapon.c.f., Moorey, P.R.S., 1991, "The Decorated Ironwork of the Early Iron Age Attributed to Luristan in Western Iran", Iran, Vol. 29, pp: 1-12. Provenance: Ex-Southern California collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117557

Condition Report: Iron is in excellent condition, with a light patina.

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Massive Mosasaur Prognathodon Fossilized Skull

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Description: North America, ca. 70 to 65 million years BCE. Mosasaurus ("lizard of the Meuse River") is a genus of Prognathodon. These carnivorous, aquatic lizards somewhat resembled flippered crocodiles, with elongated heavy jaws. The genus existed during the Maastrichtian age of the Cretaceous period (Mesozoic era), around 70–65 million years ago in the area of modern Western Europe and North America. The name means "Meuse lizard", as the first specimen was found near the Meuse River. Skull is a complete specimen with dozens of sharp teeth and lower and upper jaws. At center of fossil is a small symmetrical depression indicating it was bitten by another dinosaur. Size: Measuring a huge 41"W x 40"H, weighing a hefty 300 pounds in the museum-grade matrix. Custom floor stand included. Will require crating/special shipping - please inquire before purchasing. Size: Measuring a huge 41"W x 40"H, weighing a hefty 300 pounds in the museum-grade matrix. Custom floor stand included. Will require crating/special shipping - please inquire before purchasing. Provenance: Ex-private M. VanBuskirk collection, United States. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #107088

Condition Report: Complete specimen intact and professionally mounted.

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19th C. San Ildefonso Pueblo Pottery Jar

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Description: Native American, San Ildefonso Pueblo, New Mexico, ca. 1890 to 1910. Rare to find San Ildefonso pottery pre-Maria. Small olla with indented base, flaring rim and decorated in diamond pattern in red and black over tan base. A fine and early example not often found. Size: 8" W x 6.75" H (20.3 cm x 17.1 cm) Provenance: Ex - Himrod collection, Los Angeles, CA. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115691

Condition Report: Intact and excellent

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Paleo-Indian Clovis Point - Burlington White

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Description: North America, Clovis culture, Ca 13,500 years ago (BP). Perhaps the single most desirable of all Native American arrowheads! Clovis and Folsom points were used by some of North Americas earliest inhabitants and have even been found lodged in and near mammoths and mastodons. Clovis fluted points are named after the city of Clovis, New Mexico, where examples were first found in 1929. Comes with a Tom Davis Certificate of Authenticity. 3-1/16" L. Provenance: Ex-private Cason collection, Boulder, CO All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #102101

Condition Report: Grade 9 - near choice

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Ptolemaic Egyptian Wooden Sarcophagus Panel w/ Nut

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Description: Egypt, Ptolemaic Dynasty, ca. 305 to 30 BCE. A vibrant rendering of the Goddess Nut painted on a wooden sarcophagus panel standing between stylized papyrus plants in composite profile, wearing a tripartite wig, a close fitting sheath dress, with a prominent sun disk headdress surrounded by an abstract black outlined arch with a blue sky band above, all delineated in russet red, tan, black, white, and sky blue hues on a white ground. Size: 14.5" W x 55" H (36.8 cm x 139.7 cm)This depiction features a sun disk above Nut's head surmounted by a band of blue pigment, likely symbolizing the sky as Nut (also Nunut, Nuit) was the goddess and personification of the Sky and the celestial realm. She is regarded as the barrier separating the ordered cosmos of the world from the forces of chaos. In some depictions, Nut was portrayed as a woman arched on her toes and fingertips over the earth; her sacred body representing a star-filled sky. Nut's fingers and toes as such were believed to touch the four cardinal directions: north, south, east, and west. According to Egyptian mythology, Nut is a daughter of Shu ("he who rises up" or the personification of air) and Tefnut (goddess of moisture, dew, and rain); her husband and brother is Geb (god of the earth, father of snakes, whose laughter could bring about earthquakes and fertile crops), and she has four children: Osiris, Set, Isis, and Nephthys. Nut was also grandaughter of Ra or Atum, the creator god. The Coffin Texts describe Nut as "she of the braided hair who bore the gods". In one fascinating myth, Nut gives birth to the Sun-god each day, and he passes over her body during the day only to be swallowed at night and reborn the next morning. Provenance: Ex-Hagar Collection, Ex-private North Carolina collection acquired in the 1980's All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #119265

Condition Report: Surface wear with a few impressed areas that most likely correspond with locales of former attachment and pigment loss as shown. Some repainting of figure. Wood repaired from 5 pieces. Some original dowels remain.

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Important Greek Bronze Siren, ex-Royal Athena

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Description: Greece, 5th century BCE. Classical Greek bronze Siren, once an attachment to a world-class bronze vessel. Shown facing frontal, wings spread framing her face, legs tucked under body seated upon her haunches atop a palmette. The Siren, a mythological creature combining woman and bird, is depicted here with a bird's body and a woman’s head. She is shown frontal, with her pair of arched wings spread out in symmetrical ornamental composition, framing the head in between their pointed ends, continuing the triangular shaped body, which is pointed downwards. The head with centrally parted hair with short clocks, tied with a diadem over the forehead. The face with large almond shaped eyes under big arched eyebrows, straight nose and full lips. The thick neck is adorned with a beaded necklace above the chest. S shape spiral ornament below the wings. The siren is finely modeled in the style of the Early Classical period, reminiscent of the Archaic style, especially in the modeling of the eyes and the mouth, with the gentle smile, and the ornamental design of the wings. Size: 4.875" H (12.4 cm) Provenance: ex- J.M.E. collection (Royal Athena), NYC, NY acquired at the Drouot, Paris, April 2006. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #116870

Condition Report: Minor wear as shown. Superb patina.

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Greek Bronze Animal Votive, Near-Miniature

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Description: Ancient Greece, ca. 5th to 4th century BCE. A near miniature ancient Greek bronze votive figurine depicting an animal, possibly a calf, upon an integrated base with outstretched front legs and upwardly arched neck as if we have caught her mid moo. The naturalistic rendering of the animal's body form, its coat with ripples delineated along its neck, as well as its life-like pose set it apart from bronze animal votive statuettes of the earlier Geometric Period. Clearly, this piece demonstrates the humanism achieved by sculptors of the golden age! A fine example with gorgeous patina in remarkable hues of jade green! Custom metal stand. Size: figurine itself measures 2-1/2" x 2" x 3/4" (6.4 x 5.1 x 1.9 cm); 2-3/4" x 2-3/8" x 1" (7 x 6 x 2.5 cm) on stand. Provenance: Ex-private New Jersey collection acquired 1970's All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #111048

Condition Report: Tiny nick to back of one hind leg, otherwise intact with brilliant pale green patina.

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Lifesize+ Ancient Greek Bronze Sandaled Foot

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Description: Greece, probably Hellenstic period, ca. 323 to 31 BCE. This is a larger-than-life-sized foot from a statue, complete with the lead weights inside its hollow feet, using for stabilization of the statue atop a plinth. The sandal has incredible detail, with each strap delineated; the shape of the ankle is also a fine, realistic touch. Since it is a fragment, this piece also offers us a fantastic look at the art of creating these immense bronze statues. It was made using the indirect method of lost-wax casting. First, the artist created a master mold from either clay, wax, wood, or, occasionally, stone. Molds were taken in several pieces from this master and dried, then reassembled into groups in a manageable size. These were lined with a layer of beeswax. This foot is built around an iron armature (which you can just see as you look down at the ankle); this was placed into the mold and clay (which you can also see) was poured around it. The clay would be build up in two or three fine-to-coarser layers. Eventually the mold would be broken away from the bronze and discarded, with the master mold remaining for use if something went wrong with the bronze casting. The addition of the lead weights represented a revolution in design when it was introduced during the Classical Period: they enabled the creation of new, less rigid poses because the statue no longer would fall over unless posed in a way that balanced its weight. In the Hellenistic Period, bronze sculpture moved away from austere religious depictions into more realistic, human pieces. Although today all these bronze statues have their dark green, almost black patina, when they were made they would have had a tone roughly similar to that of Mediterranean skin; they were also decorated with inlays, and this foot probably once had inlaid toenails. Size: 12.5" L x 4" W x 10" H (31.8 cm x 10.2 cm x 25.4 cm)When many people think of the statuary of ancient Greece, chances are that they picture the beautiful marble sculptures that grace our museums, many of them Roman copies of original and now lost Greek works of art. However, ancient sculptors preferred to work in bronze: it surpasses marble in its tensile strength and ability to depict detail. The people of ancient Greece were used to seeing bronze statues everywhere -- they were produced in the thousands: bronze statues of famous rulers and citizens alongside gods and heroes populated every public space, both secular and religious. Sculptors could be famous and highly successful; for example, Lysippos of Sikyon was Alexander the Great's favorite sculptor, made over 1500 bronze pieces. Unfortunately in the intervening millennia, most Greek bronze statues have been melted down for their metal or destroyed in other ways -- although today there are plinths with empty spaces for feet bearing Lysippos's name, none of his sculptures survive. Similarly, the Colossus of Rhodes, the largest bronze statue in the ancient world, was last heard of in AD 653. when its parts were sold to a merchant from Edessa and, the story goes, said to have been loaded onto 900 camels -- and never seen again, presumably melted down to make jewellery, coins, and weaponry. Provenance: Ex- Private New Jersey collection acquired before 1990 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #112801

Condition Report: This piece is a fragment; the foot has obviously been removed from a statue. Much of the fine detail of the sandal -- especially the straps -- remain.

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Lovely Roman Marble Fragment of Sarcophagus w/ Griffin

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Description: Roman Empire, ca. 2nd to 3rd century CE. An impressive section of a Roman marble sarcophagus featuring a finely carved relief of a winged griffin raising one of its paws toward an extended circular form, perhaps a wreath held by Eros given the wings depicted above. The griffin, was regarded as an exceptionally majestic, mighty creature, the king of all creatures in fact, since it was part lion (king of the beasts) and part eagle (king of the birds). It is particularly fitting that this sarcophagus is decorated with griffins, because griffins were revered for their ablility to guard treasure, in this case the deceased, in ancient times. What's more, during antiquity the griffin, symbolizing divine power, was understood as a guardian of the divine. Examples of Roman sarcophagi adorned with griffins reside in the most esteemed museum collections. For a superb example in the Walters Art Museum, follow this link http://art.thewalters.org/detail/3446/sarcophagus-with-griffins/ The word sarcophagus literally means "flesh-eater" in Greek. Sarcophagi were coffins used throughout the Roman Empire beginning in the second century CE when inhumation burials became more popular than cremation practices of the Republican and early Imperial periods. The rise in sarcophagi usage was inspired by earlier Etruscan and Greek models. This example came from a particularly luxurious sarcophagus as it was made from marble. Less elite examples were made from other stones, wood, and lead. A wonderful section of a marble sarcophagus intended for an elite individual from ancient Rome! What's more, the reserve on this is quite a steal! Size: 6.5" deep x 10" W x 9.75" H (16.5 cm x 25.4 cm x 24.8 cm) Provenance: Ex - Private CT. collection, acquired from Alexander Fine Art, 1999. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #112805

Condition Report: A large fragment with expected surface wear in overall excellent condition.

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Roman Marble Sculpture of Over-sized Hand

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Description: Ancient Rome, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. Given the enormous scale of this hand, just imagine how large the figure was - whether warrior, god, or hero - to whom it belonged. This is definitely not a case of tiny hands making for, ahem, small manhood (in light of one Republican candidate's recents comments about another's physique). We see the thumb and fingers clenching what might have been a toga or garment. The physiognomy of the hand is quite naturalistic - just look at those nailbeds and the realistic curvature. Clearly this sculptor knew how to turn stone to living flesh! Size: 4" L x 6.5" W x 12" H (10.2 cm x 16.5 cm x 30.5 cm) Provenance: Ex- Private New Jersey collection acquired before 1990 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #112953

Condition Report: Repaired but well executed.

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Roman Marble Sarcophagus Fragment - Leg & Torch

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Description: Ancient Rome, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A deeply carved relief section of white marble, originally part of a sarcophagus, depicting a partial image of a leg and a torch, providing a window onto a dramatic action scene perhaps. Roman sculptors were particularly skilled at representing complex scenes and capturing optical effects of light and shadow in order to attain realism while still conveying drama. The word sarcophagus literally means "flesh-eater" in Greek. Sarcophagi were coffins used throughout the Roman Empire beginning in the second century CE when inhumation burials became more popular than cremation practices of the Republican and early Imperial periods. The rise in sarcophagi usage was inspired by earlier Etruscan and Greek models. This example came from a particularly luxurious sarcophagus as it was made from marble. Less elite examples were made from other stones, wood, and lead. A wonderful section of a marble sarcophagus intended for an elite individual of ancient Rome. Size: 4.625" L x 18.5" W x 7.5" H (11.7 cm x 47 cm x 19 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private New Jersey collection acquired before 1990 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #112960

Condition Report: Expected roughness around the peripheries with normal surface wear and a few abrasions. This said, still a marvellous example overall.

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Roman North African Pottery Oil Lamp - Running Goat

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Description: Roman North Africa, ca. 4th to 5th century CE. This lamp is one of the mass produced, mold-made pottery lamps from Roman North Africa. It has a rich, deep color, especially around the nozzle, where it has darkened from use. It has a sunken discus, two pour holes on either side of the central design, an unpierced lug handle, and a wide channel running down the nozzle. The design on the discus of this lamp is of a leaping goat, legs tucked up under his body in the unmistakable shape of a stotting ungulate. It is surrounded by shapes of arrows and what appear to be doors, also done in the delicate, stippled style of lamps from this time and place. Size: 6" L x 3.5" W x 2.2" H (15.2 cm x 8.9 cm x 5.6 cm). Provenance: German collection acquired at auction All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #112968

Condition Report: Intact.

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Superb Roman Marble Head of a Youth

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Description: Rome, Julio-Claudian Period, ca. 1st century CE. A Roman marble head of a boy with closely cropped hair, classical smile and features. The classicizing features and treatment of the eyes suggest that the head is from the Julio-Claudian Period. Custom stand. Size: 3.75" H (9.5 cm) Provenance: Ex - private NYC collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115564

Condition Report: Head intact, but fragment of larger piece.

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Rare Roman Alabaster Tortoise - 1st C. BCE/CE

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Description: Rome, ca. 1st century BCE to 1st century CE. This is a piece of alabaster that has been carved into a tortoise; the body is carved out on its underside to maintain the translucence of the alabaster. Surface cracks and light carving give the suggestions of shell patterns and flippers. The tortoise features in one of Aesop's fables with Zeus, where he gave her her shell as a punishment for not attending his wedding; this story would certainly have been known to the the Romans, and the late 4th century CE Roman author Servius tells a slightly different version of the story, suggesting that the tortoise was a common figure. On the battlefield, the Romans also used the testudo formation (testudo is Latin for tortoise): aligning their shields to cover their front and heads and clustering close together as they advanced, as if with a tortoise shell. Size: 7.75" L x 3.9" W x 2" H (19.7 cm x 9.9 cm x 5.1 cm) Provenance: Ex- Private New Jersey collection acquired before 1990 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #112790

Condition Report: Dirt encrustation; one flipper is slightly chipped; there is natural wear to the alabaster but it gives the piece a nice texture.

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Expressive Roman Marble Head of a Woman with Veil

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Description: Ancient Rome, ca. 100 to 200 CE. A carefully sculpted female head with a beautiful visage, replete with delicately delineated details. Note how the sculptor made this marble come to life with her almond-shaped eyes with drilled pupils, straight and noble looking nose, bow-shaped lips, and cleft chin. Her hair is arranged in a center part and covered with a draping veil. That steadfast gaze is marvelously mesmerizing! Custom stand. Similar examples have been known to garner between $10,000 and $20,000. Size: 3.375" W x 3.625" H (8.6 cm x 9.2 cm) Provenance: Ex-private American collection, acquired in 1999. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #114039

Condition Report: A section from a larger sculpture or sarophagus. Roughness to nub on left side of veil and lower peripheries.

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Lifesize Roman Marble Hand of Aphrodite

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Description: Ancient Rome, ca. 2nd century CE. Beyond words for its elegance and grace, a finely carved delicate hand of a female, probably Aphrodite / Venus, depicted with a grasping gesture as the goddess of romantic love was oftentimes depicted suggestively holding her tresses or her himation just prior to her bath. Upon closer inspection, one can actually see that this lovely hand is grasping either fabric or a wavy lock. The technical skill of this sculptor was paramount; just look at the details, those nailbeds, the bone structure beneath her white skin, delicate knuckles, even palm lines . . . I could go on and on. Yes the sculptor who created this piece clearly possessed the expertise required to turn stone to flesh! A breathtaking rendering of the hand of the goddess who possessed such sublime beauty that she inspired much rivalry among the gods, not to mention countless representations in visual culture, among the most famous, Attic sculptor Praxitele's "Aphrodite of Knidos" (ca. 360-330 BCE) and Renaissance painter Sandro Botticelli's "Birth of Venus" (1484-86)! Custom, museum quality stand. Size: 7.75" L x 3.5" W (19.7 cm x 8.9 cm); 7.25" H (18.4 cm) on stand. Provenance: Ex-private M. Nimmer collection, United States, acquired in 1981; ex-Summa Gallery, CA, acquired in 1980s. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #114045

Condition Report: A section of a larger statue, but oh what a section. Details are very legible.

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Roman Glass Sprinkler Flask - Pinched Decorations

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Description: Ancient Rome, ca. 3rd to 4th century CE. A superb ancient Roman sprinkler flask comprised of free blown blue-green translucent glass with a globular, almost pear-shaped body adorned with pinched decorations and a splayed and tooled everted rim and rounded lip, an applied slender ring around the lower neck, and dimpled bottom. Sprinkler vases were used to sprinkle precious often scented rose water or perfumes. Beyond its graceful form, brilliant color, and expert technique, time has also contributed to its aesthetic as areas of rainbow irridescence delight the eye! Size: 4.25" L x 2.8" W (10.8 cm x 7.1 cm)Most scholars agree, Roman glass was of the highest quality -both aesthetically and technically - among the ancients. While glass making had been practiced for centuries, the Romans invented glass blowing in the 1st century BCE which revolutionized the artform. We can appreciate such a wide variety of forms and shapes, because the medium of glass has unique physical properties that make for so many more possibilities than metal or clay. Roman glassmakers reached incredible artistic heights with both free-blown vessels and mould blown forms and decorations. Provenance: Ex-Denenberg Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110109

Condition Report: Surface a bit encrusted, else excellent

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Roman Cast Bronze Statuette - Proud Eagle

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Description: Roman Empire, 1st to 2nd century CE. A stunning cast figurine of a standing eagle with raised head and meticulous feather detailing to the head, chest and wings. In ancient Rome the eagle had a powerful military association and would oftentimes bronze eagles would be used as a staff finial and would lead armies into war. To quote a piece of historical fiction set in Roman Britain entitled The Eagle of the Ninth (Rosemary Sutcliff, 1954), "Eagle lost, honor lost; honor lost, all lost." Richly symbolic! Size: 3"H (7.5 cm) Provenance: Ex-private East Coast, USA collection. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #101948

Condition Report: Intact and near choice, very minor nicks to edges of tail feathers and wing.

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Superb Roman Bronze Oinochoe Handle - Cherub

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Description: Roman Empire, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A very fine bronze cast handle, probably from an oinochoe wine vessel, with a handle that features a well-cast female mask face with a full-cheeked, cherub-like appearance, scalloped bangs and hair ornaments incised with a stylized geometric motif at the bottom end that would have attached to the vessel's body as well as an animorphic (perhaps a lion above a ram) head at the upper/rim end. This handle, both technically and artistically, is of the highest quality with stunning green patina. Custom, museum-quality stand. Weight: 114.7 grams. Size: 2.5" W x 4.25" H (6.4 cm x 10.8 cm); 4.875" H (12.4 cm) on stand. Provenance: Ex - Private NYC collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115427

Condition Report: Tiny nick to lower left scroll above cherub head. Otherise intact with stunning patina.

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Roman Bronze Furniture Support - Lion's Paw

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Description: Ancient Rome, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A bronze cast lion's paw upon an integrated base with four articulated toes/claws and an upper "leg" that is finely incised with a linear, geometric pattern. The foot was probably intended as a support for a piece of furniture such as a three-legged table or a candelabrum. So finely delineated with a beautiful green patina! Custom metal stand. Size: paw itself measures 1.625" W x 3.75" H (4.1 cm x 9.5 cm) Provenance: Ex - Private NYC collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115428

Condition Report: Old, minor losses to peripheries of upper leg as shown. Overall excellent.

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Adorable Roman Bronze Lamp Attachment - Mouse

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Description: Rome, ca. 1st century CE. This adorable piece would have plugged a bronze lamp; it has been cast in the shape of a crouched mouse with his paws raised to his mouth, as if he is gnawing on a piece of bread. His curled tail forms a hole to which he would have been attached to the lamp to prevent the escape of any excess oil. Mice were a constant of Roman life (especially as Romans were not fans of cats) and the maker of this plug would have been acknowledging the very common problem of mice eating wicks and drinking lamp oil, a common complaint documented in many ancient texts. Mice also were a feature of Roman literature and art that depicted mice undertaking human activities proportional to their size. Size: 1.4" L x 1.9" W x 1" H (3.6 cm x 4.8 cm x 2.5 cm). Provenance: Ex-private New Jersey collection, acquired in 1980's. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #112444

Condition Report: Slight patina and some wear, but form and finer details are clear.

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Ancient Marlik Pottery Jug - Spindle Spout

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Description: Luristan, modern day northwestern Iran, Marlik Culture, ca. 1200 to 800 BCE. This gorgeous red earthenware jug, coil-made, with a cylindrical handle and a slightly conical spout rings by twin narrow bands at its base. There is no pronounced rim, just a slight widening of the spout. The body is piriform, with a slight, round foot. This piece resembles those from the Amlash archaeological site, which was a group of megalithic tombs provisioned with vessels similar to these. The Amlash area produced by far the finest pottery objects in Iran at the time. Size: 4.9" W x 8.4" H (12.4 cm x 21.3 cm) Provenance: Ex - Zwar collection acquired in various galleries in Tehran between 1977 and 1979 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #116128

Condition Report: Intact, with a difficult-to-see stable crack on one side; very small chip to spout; slight dirt encrustation on the shoulder. There is some dirt on the interior that is creating a rattling sound - the pot is not broken!

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20th C. African Bassa Carved Wood Gela Mask

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Description: Africa, Liberia, Bassa, ca. early 20th century CE. A finely carved wood Gela mask created by the Bassa culture depicting an abstract human face of a concave form with narrow slit eyes, gracefully arched brows, a protruding, aquiline nose, protruding puckered lips, pointed cleft chin, petite ears, and plaited hair. The term Gela means "The Ancient One" suggesting that it was passed down for several generations. Wonderful deep patina! Size: 5" W x 7.75" H (12.7 cm x 19.7 cm) Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Nick Poolos collection, Chicago, IL, acquired prior to 1970 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #113559

Condition Report: Age cracks particularly visible from back and old losses to coiffure and chin as shown.

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