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Auction Description for ArtemisGallery LIVE: Ancient / Ethnographic From Around The World
Auction Description:
Join us Oct. 27 and travel back in time and around the world as we present a wide array of classical antiquities from ancient Egypt, Greece, Italy, as well as other important European cultures, including Viking / Celtic; Pre-Columbian art from Mexico, Central and South America; Tribal / Ethnographic Art from Africa, India, Asia and the South Pacific; Native American, Spanish Colonial and Folk Art.  Much, much more!

Ancient / Ethnographic From Around The World (395 Lots)

by ArtemisGallery LIVE


395 lots with images

October 27, 2016

Live Auction

Louisville, CO, USA

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Ancient Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Spear Point

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Description: Egypt, late Pre-Dynastic, ca. 4000 to 3100 BCE. A clearly knapped lithic spear point, done in a smooth beige stone with an almost milky surface. Made to be lashed to a longer stick, possibly used for fishing on the Nile. Comes with custom stand. Size: 3.5" L x 1" W (8.9 cm x 2.5 cm) Provenance: Ex-Sarkisian collection, Denver, CO acquired before 1960 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117711

Condition Report: One minor chip to each end else quite excellent

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Rare Egyptian Steatite Quadruple Scarab

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Description: Egypt, New Kingdom, ca. 1150 to 1070 BCE. An extremely rare scarab in traditional beetle form, positioned side-by-side four across, made of glazed steatite. Underside inscribed with repeating "enra" inscription, a symbol that seems to have possessed magical value, perhaps comparable to modern "abracadabra." Size: 0.6" L (1.5 cm) Provenance: Ex - HJB, Chicago, IL 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115984

Condition Report: Near choice

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Gorgeous Egyptian Faience Necklace w/ 6 Poppy Amulets

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Description: Egypt, Late Dynastic period, ca. 712 to 332 BCE. This is a beautiful small necklace composed of multi-colored faience seed beads and seven poppy seed amulet beads made from stone (each one surrounded by two small silver beads each). Poppy seed beads from ancient Egypt remind us of the practice of ancient Egyptians cultivating opium from around 1300 BCE, which was used by priests and warriors and said to have been given to by Isis to Ra when he had a headache. Highly wearable! Size of strand: 19" L (48.3 cm); size of amulets: 0.5" H (1.3 cm). Provenance: Ex-Private Denver, CO collection acquired at Arte Primitivo Gallery, NYC 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117406

Condition Report: Modern stringing; one of the poppy seed beads is slightly misshapen as shown.

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Large & Fine Egyptian Faience Amulet of Taweret

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Description: Egypt, probably late Dynastic to Ptolemaic Periods, ca. 1290 to 30 BCE. A gorgeous and well-preserved faience amulet of the goddess Taweret with a roll at the top pierced for suspension. She stands, leaning back, with her pendulous stomach out in front of her, one leg in front of the other. Taweret, "The Great Female One", is a blend of hippopotamus, crocodile, and human features. Those two animals are some of the fiercest known to the ancient Egyptians from the Nile Delta, and the goddess is a fierce protector of pregnant and nursing women, called upon to protect women in childbirth. A beautiful light blue green example like this one probably puts this into the late Third Intermediate Period, ca. 747 to 656 BCE. Comes with custom stand. Size: 0.65" W x 2.45" H (1.7 cm x 6.2 cm)See a very similar example in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art: http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/243754 and at the Johns Hopkins University Museum: http://archaeologicalmuseum.jhu.edu/the-collection/object-stories/ancient-egyptian-amulets/taweret/ Provenance: Ex-Private LA County 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118018

Condition Report: Very slight surface pitting

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Elegant Egyptian Wood & Gesso Uraeus

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Description: Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, ca. 712 to 332 BCE. A finely gessoed and carved wooden uraeus, a representation of the sacred serpent worn on the headdresses of Egyptian deities and sovereigns. Some white pigment remains, with the head and solar disk shapes very clear. Uraei come from the symbolism of the goddess Wadjet, who was the patroness of the Nile Delta and was often depicted as a cobra; her place on a crown encircling the head emphasized her protection over a pharaoh who sought to rule her land. A special example, replete with carefully gessoed details in deep red, cream, and black hues. Custom stand. Size: 1.25" W x 4.875" H (3.2 cm x 12.4 cm); 5.5" H (14 cm) on stand Provenance: Ex-Private Orange County, CA 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118027

Condition Report: Surface wear with gesso losses as shown.

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Egyptian Wood & Painted Gesso Mummy Mask

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Description: Egypt, Late Period, ca. 712 to 300 BCE. This painted wooden sarcophagus mask displays quintessential Egyptian beauty - the huge, black outlined eyes, the smaller nose and mouth. It is an elegant and refined carved wooden mask with earthy red painted gesso giving the face flesh tones and black and white painted eyes. The mask was an essential part of the mummy, placed over the head to provide an idealized image of the deceased as they would be resurrected. Size: 5" W x 8.2" H (12.7 cm x 20.8 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private Swiss collection acquired before 1972 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117895

Condition Report: Losses as shown, with approximately 50% of pigment remaining.

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Custom Necklace w/ Ancient Egyptian Eye of Ra Amulet

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Description: Egypt, late Dynastic to Ptolemaic Periods, ca. 1290 to 30 BCE. A faience Eye of Ra amulet set on a modern leather stringing and a braided leather round backing. The Eye of Ra - also known as the Eye of Horus or the Wadjet Eye - is an ancient Egyptian sign of protection, hoping to give its wearer good health, through the pharaonic and godly power of Ra. Size: 18" L of chain x 0.75" W of amulet (45.7 cm x 1.9 cm) Provenance: Wearable, one-of-a-kind custom-designed ancient art jewelry from Muzeion Gallery, Dallas, TX 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117098

Condition Report: Modern stringing. Amulet is in nice condition with clear design.

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Custom Necklace w/ Ancient Egyptian Faience Beads

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Description: Egyptian, late Dynastic to Ptolemaic Periods, ca. 1290 to 30 BCE. A modern stringing of a double strand of small ancient seed and long faience beads, in a variety of blues, greens, browns, and creams - all made in the ancient Egyptian period. A very elegant, understated necklace. Size: 27.5" L (69.8 cm) Provenance: Wearable, one-of-a-kind custom-designed ancient art jewelry from Muzeion Gallery, Dallas, TX 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117101

Condition Report: Modern stringing; beads are in nice condition

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Egyptian Wood & Gesso Child's Mummy Mask

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Description: Egypt, Late Period, ca. 712 to 300 BCE. This painted wooden sarcophagus mask displays quintessential Egyptian beauty - the huge, black outlined eyes, the smaller nose and mouth. It is an elegant and refined carved wooden mask with earthy red painted gesso giving the face flesh tones and black and white painted eyes. The mask was an essential part of the mummy, placed over the head to provide an idealized image of the deceased as they would be resurrected. This particular mask is quite small and was probably made for a child or a very small woman. Size: 4.25" W x 6" H (10.8 cm x 15.2 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private Swiss collection acquired before 1972 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117893

Condition Report: Losses and wear as shown, but stable and still quite attractive

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Egyptian Bead Strands Necklace

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Description: Egyptian, late Dynastic to Ptolemaic Periods, ca. 1290 to 30 BCE. A thick black leather cord holds six strands of varied blue and blue green faience large seed beads that dangle alongside a round modern silver disc that is reminiscent of the rounded crowns worn by Egyptian gods and pharaohs to represent the power of the sun god, Ra. Size: 20.5" L of string x 2.15" H of faience strands (52.1 cm x 5.5 cm) Provenance: Wearable, one-of-a-kind custom-designed ancient art jewelry from Muzeion Gallery, Dallas, TX 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117103

Condition Report: Modern stringing; faience beads are all excellent

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Custom Necklace w/ Ancient Egyptian Eye of Ra Pendant

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Description: Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, ca. 500 BCE. A large collection of small ancient faience seed beads, with modern brass connectors, and a dangling faience Eye of Ra (also kown as the Eye of Horus or Wadjet Eye). This large faience amulet was meant to give good health and protection, and was a symbol of Egyptian royalty through the connection of the pharaoh to the Sun God, Ra. Size: 16.25" L of necklace x 0.95" W of amulet (41.3 cm x 2.4 cm). Provenance: Wearable, one-of-a-kind custom-designed ancient art jewelry from Muzeion Gallery, Dallas, TX 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117102

Condition Report: Modern stringing and brass. Eye of Ra is

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Egyptian Bronze Amulet of Standing Osiris

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Description: Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, ca. 712 to 332 BCE. This is a small cast bronze amulet showing Osiris. He is depicted in his standing form, mummified, with his hands emerging from his wrappings to hold his scepter, shepherd's crook, and flail, representative of kingship, showing his close connection with the pharaoh and his role as Ruler of the Dead. His beard is done in the style of a chin strap and he wears a crown, further signs of his kingship. This small figure has two loops for suspension, and may be a copy of a larger statue. Size: 2.7" H (6.9 cm) See similar examples at the Harvard Art Museum and LACMA. Provenance: Ex - Albanese 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115896

Condition Report: Expected wear with patina, but features are clear.

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Egyptian Bronze Standing Mummiform Osiris

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Description: Egypt, Late Dynasty, 26th to 30th Dynasty, ca. 664 to 343 BCE. A finely cast solid bronze standing mummiform Osiris - god of the afterlife as well as deity of transition, regeneration, and resurrection - wearing the double matt ostrich feather crown with central sun disc and uraeus serpent and a pharoah's beard - proudly holding the symblic royal crook and flail in his hands. Scattered blue green patina with red-brown oxide ground, this coloring a wonderful tribute as Osiris was classically depicted as a green-skinned man. Expertly cast with superb extant details and all of Osiris' attributes. Stunning patina! Block mount. Size: 1.375" W x 4.5" H (3.5 cm x 11.4 cm); 5.375" H (13.7 cm) on mount Provenance: Ex-Private New York Collection,acquired in 2005 at Galerie W. Schmidt, Munich, Germany. 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117581

Condition Report: Intact with beautiful patina.

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Neolithic Vinca Bird-Headed Goddess, ex-Royal Athena

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Description: Central Europe, Vinca culture, ca. 5700 to 4500 BCE. An anthropomorphic / zoomorphic pottery figurine with smoothed feathers and a bird-like face, arms/wings outstretched, and a concave base. Statuettes like this one, along with large tell (mound) settlements, are the most common finds from this ancient Neolithic culture. Some scholars have linked the rise of these figurines to an increasing sense of place and ownership in the landscape; people at this time seemed to be very interested marking their location and returning again and again to certain spaces in the landscape, and there is speculation that figurines like this one may have been representative of individuals and left in places to denote ownership or at least a connection to the geography. Size: 1.45" W x 1.6" H (3.7 cm x 4.1 cm) Provenance: Ex-NYC collection, ex Royal Athena Gallery, ex Sir Sidney Nolan Collection (M.279) 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117749

Condition Report: Wear as shown

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Papyrus Circular Pendant

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Description: Ancient Egypt, probably Hellenistic or Ptolemaic periods, ca. 332 to 30 BCE. A simple, elegant, modern necklace design, with a thin chain made of several strands of narrow silver wire holding a square glass locket, with simple silver border. Inside the locket, occupying one half of the space is a fragment of papyrus that has been written upon by hand. The script appears to be in Greek or maybe Coptic, giving this a later date; the layers of folded papyus are clear to see, which is evidence of how this versatile material was reused over time. Size: 19.5" L of string x 1.5" W of pendant (49.5 cm x 3.8 cm) Provenance: Wearable, one-of-a-kind custom-designed ancient art jewelry from Muzeion Gallery, Dallas, TX 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117100

Condition Report: Modern stringing; papyrus is a fragment

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Unusual Egyptian Wooden Panel w/ Ba Bird

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Description: Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, ca. 300 to 32 BCE. A wooden panel painted with an Egyptian Ba Bird, a human-headed falcon wearing a tri-partite black wig with long lappets, magnificent wings delineated with stylized feathers, and the feet set apart on a striped and slightly tapered rectangular base. The Ba was imaginatively portrayed as a human-headed bird, whose duty was to reunite the soul with the body. The Ba-bird was often shown hovering over the deceased's mummy or leaving or entering the tomb at will. This piece may have been part of a sepulchral tablet or outer coffin, locations where a Ba Bird might alight. A very rare example. Custom lucite stand. Size: 3.625" W x 8.125" H (9.2 cm x 20.6 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private Orange County, CA 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118026

Condition Report: A section with rough peripheries and aged surface as shown.

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Egyptian Mixed Lot of Faience Beads & Amulets

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Description: Egypt, all periods, ca. 2000 BCE to 0 CE. A collection of over fifty small beads, some faience, some stone, some glass, and some pottery, all from ancient Egypt and in a variety of shapes and sizes. Could be used to make some nice jewelry. Size on average: 0.5" L (1.3 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private New York Collection, Ex Sothebys 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117583

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Cypriot Striped Pottery Jar - 4500 year Old!

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Description: Cyprus, Early Bronze II Period, ca. 2900 to 2650 BCE. A tapered bulbous pottery bottle with petite slab-made, perforated shoulder lugs allowing for suspension and a subtly flared rim atop of a short cylindrical neck. The exterior presents a mesmerizing geometric design program comprised of six, quasi-triangular panels adorned with hand-painted russet red wavy linear motifs, each panel framed by bands of consecutive, straight russet lines. A wonderful example of ancient Cypriot pottery. Size: 5.25" in diameter x 6.5" H (13.3 cm x 16.5 cm) Provenance: Ex-prominent NYC collector Richard F. 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117767

Condition Report: Repair to bottom of vessel. Overall surface encrustation and rim losses as shown.

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Greek Bronze Aryballos

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Description: Greece, ca. 600 BCE. A small cast bronze aryballos, a vessel with a small, round/ovoid body and a narrow neck terminating in a flared, very narrow spout. This example has a handle with slight decoration on it, and incised rings around the rim. This probably would have served as a container for scented oil or medicine, owned by an athlete (almost certainly a man). Size: 2.55" W x 3.15" H (6.5 cm x 8 cm) Provenance: From Bavarian private Collection G.P., 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117585

Condition Report: Slightly mishapen with a very encrusted but smooth patina.

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Western Greek Archaic Pottery Female Protome

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Description: Ancient Greece, Archaic, ca. 650 to 480 BCE. A mould-made terracotta female head protome of the Archaic period, wearing a stephane, a himation drawn up and over her head, with a crimped fringe of bangs and long plaited/braided locks elegantly framing her face and ears, a lovely visage presenting open, almond-shaped, lidded eyes, a relatively naturalistic nose, nicely contoured cheeks, a rounded chin, and that signature Archaic smile. Although the exact significance of this smile is unknown, scholars suggest that the ancient Greeks associated it with good health and well being. The bust is further delineated with a subtly modeled chest and a long neck. A wonderful example from this early period. Size: 4.5" W x 5.5" H (11.4 cm x 14 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private LA County 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118004

Condition Report: Surface wear with abrasions and losses to peripheries, surface fissure to himation above her head, minor losses to ears and long plaited locks.

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Mycenaean Pottery Three Handled Jar

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Description: Greece, Mycenaean Period, Late Bronze Age II, ca. 1450 to 1200 BCE. A truly beautiful and ancient pottery vessel with wave patterns around the body, three loop handles (one now gone) and a rounded, flared rim. The vessel also has banded decoration in umber pigment on a creamy background. This period is so named for the palace at Mycenae, famed in Homeric legend as the opulent seat of King Agamemnon - excavations there revealed an elite and long-lasting society with a great deal of wealth. This extended to the workshops of artisans who produced pottery like this jar both for use in Greece and throughout the Mediterranean world; shiploads of similar jars went out as far as the Levant and Spain, carrying oil, wine, and other commodities. This is a wonderfully preserved example of this lost past. Size: 7.5" W x 5.75" H (19 cm x 14.6 cm) Provenance: Ex-Brooklyn NY Collection, acquired from a deceased estate 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117068

Condition Report: Surface spalls, one handle gone, and painted decoration abraded

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Greek Attic Pottery White-Ground Lekythos

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Description: Greece, Athens (Attic), ca. 6th century BCE. This is a slender cylindrical veseel with a pronounced, flat foot, a thin neck rising to a flared, flat rim, a small strap handle, and a tapered body decorated with palmettes. Lekythos vases were among the various offerings and monuments paying tribute to the deceased in Athenian cemeteries. Lekythos vessels traditionally held oil and were decorated in the white ground technique from the middle until the end of the fifth century BCE. The term white ground relates to the light slip coating on the body and shoulder of the vase. Upon this background, figures and accouterments were drawn in outline and then hand painted in rich colors, which have since faded. The iconography typically features tombs, visitors to these tomb sights, and touching farewell scenes, as the vast majority of these vessels were created for burial with the dead or to be offerings presented at their graves. Size: 2.3" W x 5.4" H (5.8 cm x 13.7 cm) Provenance: Ex- estate G.E., Franken, Acq 1960s to1970s 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117781

Condition Report: Foot has been repaired, but repair is difficult to see. Rim chips/losses, plus stable crack on side of body, with some pigment loss as shown.

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Classical Ancient Greek Terracotta Goddess Head

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Description: Greece, ca. 4th century CE. A gorgeous pottery head of a goddess. She has a sensitive and naturalistic face, clearly from the Classical period; she wears a headdress and large earrings (one of which remains) and has elaborately coiffed hair. This may have been a votive offering for a temple or made to be a copy of a larger, possibly bronze, statue. The remains of a darker, reddish paint are still visible. Size: 1.1" W x 1.75" H (2.8 cm x 4.4 cm) Provenance: Ex-NYC collection, Ex English 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117758

Condition Report: Loss to one earring, with wear to paint as shown.

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Lovely Greek Pottery Askos - Siren Form

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Description: Ancient Greece, Classical period, ca. 400 BCE. A wonderful pottery askos (vessel used to store perfumed oils) with a narrow opening and subtly flared rim, the neck and body depicting a Siren, her beautiful visage facing front and finely delineated with lovely feminine features including slightly parted lips, suggesting that she is in the midst of singing her dangerously enchanting melody intended to lure nearby sailors to shipwreck on the rocky coast of her island. The handle of the vessel also cleverly depicts her tail wings. A magical rendering of this mythical winged maiden who legendary lured mariners to their death. Size: 4.5" L x 3.125" H (11.4 cm x 7.9 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private LA County 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118017

Condition Report: Chips to rim and losses to tail as shown. Expected surface wear. Siren's face in remarkably good condition.

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Lovely Greek High-Glazed Pottery Ribbed Mug

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Description: Greece, 6th to 3rd century BCE. A pretty ribbed pouring vessel with a handle made of twin long tubes of pottery that rise from the shoulder to curve at the rim and attach to it. The vessel has a flat base but no pronounced foot; the rim is rolled outwards from a wide neck. The entire body has a high-gloss black glaze. Size: 5.45" W x 5.3" H (13.8 cm x 13.5 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private LA County collection, ex Arte Primitivo Gallery 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118011

Condition Report: Repaired from multiple pieces.

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Superb Blackware Pottery Hellenistic Megarian Cup

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Description: Ancient Greece, Hellenistic, ca. 2nd century BCE. Of fine red clay, mold-made and black-glazed, the base centered by a rosette with a human/deity visage in the center, a frieze above depicting an egg-and-dart pattern. Most of the external surface is covered with relief decoration, including radiating palms and tendrils. Megarian ware was the Greek forerunner to the Roman 'Samian' ware, which was also known as Terra sigillata. During the Hellenistic period (3rd to 1st cent. BC), vessels of chased metals were greatly sought after and potters of the time tried to imitate the form and decoration. The usual decoration would be naturalistic motifs, such as palmettes and rosettes, but sometimes wine cups, animals, cherubs and human/deity figures were also depicted. The usual form of Megarian ware is the small hemispherical bowl with a red, brown or black slip but such bowls are becoming increasingly scarce on the antiquities market. Custom stand. Size: 2.125" L x 3.75" in diameter (5.4 cm x 9.5 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private LA County 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118022

Condition Report: Minor surface wear with very little pigment loss.

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Dramatic Greek Polychrome Applique of Silenus

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Description: Ancient Greece, Classical period, ca. 400 BCE. A finely modeled pottery applique depicting Silenus, with vivid facial features, long mustache, full beard, fringed coiffure, and pointy ears modeled in relief and nicely painted in black and red hues. Silenus was the mythical teacher and drinking companion of Dionysus, Greek god of wine, winemaking, and the grape harvest - and furthermore, by virtue of the inebriated state brought about by the ingestion of such fermented libations of the vine, the deity associated with madness, theatre, and spiritual ecstacy. A wonderful piece, especially for any oenophiles (wine lovers) out there! Custom stand. Size: applique measures 2.25" L x 1.625" W (5.7 cm x 4.1 cm); 2" W x 2.5" H (5.1 cm x 6.4 cm) on stand Provenance: Ex-Private LA County 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118016

Condition Report: Repair to left ear. Losses to ears and peripheries as shown. Surface wear with pigment loss as shown. Nice mineral deposits on surface.

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Decorated Greek Pottery Bowl

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Description: Greece, Hellenistic Period, 323 to 31 BCE. A small pottery bowl, black painted, with an unpainted foot aside from a red band immediately above it. A white wave pattern circles the upturned rim; a red ring marks out the interior base. Size: 5.5" W x 2.1" H (14 cm x 5.3 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private LA County 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118012

Condition Report: Repaired on rim in one place

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Rare Greek Boeotian Pottery Kylix

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Description: Greece, Tanagra, Boeotia, ca. 4th century BCE. A gorgeous kylix (drinking cup) with finely shaped squared-off handles, a wide, evenly sloping bowl, and a delicate round foot joined to the body by a narrow leg. The interior has a simple ringed decoration with dark red alternating with brighter red/orange. Similar excavated examples have attributed this inner ring to the presence of another kylix stacked atop it during the firing process. The exterior has a palmette decoration around the bowl; these are linked by vine tendrils terminating in volutes under each handle. Size: 6.6" L x 8.4" W x 2.55" H (16.8 cm x 21.3 cm x 6.5 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private New York 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117596

Condition Report: Intact, with some ancient fire marks as shown

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Large & Fine Greek Black-Glazed Pottery Guttos, Silenus

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Description: Magna Graecia, southern Italy, ca. 325 BCE. A superb, black-glazed Greek guttos (vessel for holding oil, usually olive oil), of a classic form with a splayed/stepped foot, ribbed, rounded shoulder, long spout with a tri-stepped rim, a raised, convex looped handle, and a central medallion modeled in relief featuring a dramatic visage of Silenus, the mythical teacher and drinking companion of Dionysus, Greek god of wine, winemaking, and the grape harvest - and furthermore, by virtue of the inebriated state brought about by the ingestion of such fermented libations of the vine, the deity associated with madness, theatre, and spiritual ecstacy. A beautiful example in great condition with a crossed X makers mark beneath the handle. Size: 6.375" W x 5.75" H (16.2 cm x 14.6 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private LA County 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118010

Condition Report: Minor surface wear with a bit of glaze loss and mineral deposits on some areas.

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Large Magna Graecia Pottery Trefoil Oinochoe

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Description: Classical World, Magna Graecia, southern Italy, ca. 4th century BCE. A beautifully formed trefoil oinochoe, with a very thin handle and an unpainted foot. The oinochoe was a pouring vessel, used for water or wine; this style was probably made specifically to be used as grave furniture. Size: 6.5" W x 9.4" H (16.5 cm x 23.9 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private LA County 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118007

Condition Report: Repair to rim.

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Intact Greek Hellenistic Terracotta Transport Amphora

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Description: Greece, Hellenistic Period, late 3rd to mid-2nd century BCE. This is a large, buff terracotta transport amphora. It has an ovoid body ending in a tip with a flat foot; twin long handles rise from the shoulder to the spout. Lacking its cork and pitch stopper, the original contents of this amphora are unknown, but based on the shape, it may have been olive oil or wine. Amphorae formed the basis of the Mediterranean economy - storage vessels for transporting goods by ship or over land. This is a nice intact example; although it lacks a stamp for a manufacturer, that may just mean that it was locally produced. Size: 11" W x 23" H (27.9 cm x 58.4 cm) Provenance: Ex - Julie & Ugo Rempte collection, NY 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #115868

Condition Report: Intact and near choice

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Beautiful Hellenistic Greek Pottery Head of Goddess

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Description: Greece, Hellenistic, ca. 3rd to 1st century BCE. A miniature terracotta head depicting a goddess, possibly Aphrodite, the goddess of romantic love, with her head tipped ever so slightly to the left, her visage presenting veristic facial features, and a fanciful coiffure with hair pulled back in segmented tresses to a neat chignon at the nape of her neck. The goddess' elegant, oval face is sensitively modeled so as to present naturalistic features, this realism being very characteristic of the Hellenistic period, with a rounded forehead, large and generously lidded almond-shaped eyes, a fine browline that arches gracefully and merges with the bridge of her nose, a soft rounded chin, and full, bow-shaped, pursed lips. A stunning example of Hellenistic artistry. Custom stand. Size: 1.5" L x 1" W x 1.5" H (3.8 cm x 2.5 cm x 3.8 cm) Provenance: Ex-Peter Arnovick collection, San Francisco, 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117625

Condition Report: A fragment with small losses to tip of nose, edge of chignon, cheeks, and segmented tresses. Mineral deposits scattered across the surface.

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Roman Glass Baby Feeder Higly Iridescent!

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Description: Roman, ca. 100 CE. This delicate blue-green glass object has a small bowl and a narrow, tapered straw from one side. Glass blowing technology, developed in the Roman Empire in the 1st century CE, allowed average Roman citizens to replace their pottery homewares with glass. This baby feeder is one example of the new, cheap, easy-to-produce glassware that came to dominate Roman household life. Baby feeders were a common object in Rome, in use when wet nursing wasn't an option or needed to be supplemented. Animal milk would be put into the bowl and the baby would be encouraged to suck it through the straw. Some infants in Roman cemeteries were buried with objects like this one. Beautiful iridescent patina. Custom lucite stand. Size: 3.55" W x 2.65" H (9 cm x 6.7 cm) Provenance: Ex-NYC collection, Ex Israel 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117769

Condition Report: Professionally repaired and difficult to see. Loss to tip of spout.

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Rare Greek Bronze Astragaloi - Knuckle Bones (pr)

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Description: Greece, Classic Period to Hellenistic, ca. 500 to 200 BCE. A lot of 2 bronze astragaloi or knucklebones that were used by children and adults alike in a game akin to dice or jacks. In Roman times,the game was called Tali and was perhaps the most popular game played among the Romans. Originally, ankle bones of sheep were used which later gave way to knucklebones made of wood, ivory, glass, marble, terracotta, gold, silver and bronze. Size: 1.1875" L x .75" W x .625" H (3 cm x 1.9 cm x 1.6 cm) for largest. Provenance: Ex- private NYC 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #113625

Condition Report: Choice

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Rare Roman Bronze Lion Belt Mount

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Description: Roman Empire, ca. 2nd to 3rd century. Rare and quite handsome belt fitting in the form of a lion. Long thin body, raised head, small curled tail and outstretched feet, two small attachments on base along with loop at rear for leather strap attachment. Very rare to find! Size: 2.5" L x .875" H (6.4 cm x 2.2 cm) Provenance: Ex- Private European collection acquired before 2000 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #113640

Condition Report: Excellent

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Ancient Roman Bronze Miniature Passant Horse

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Description: Roman Empire, ca. 1st to 3rd centuries CE. A solid bronze statuette depicting a prancing horse upon an integral plinth, finely cast via the lost wax (cire perdue) process, presenting a clear understanding of the animal's anatomy, a keen sense of movement as the horse's head looks toward the left with its neck arched in that direction, and one front leg is raised off the ground. Beyond this are the details, that meticulously delineated mane and beautifully defined musculature. Lovely patina. Wood block mount. Size: horse itself measures 1.625" L x .5" W x 1.875" H (4.1 cm x 1.3 cm x 4.8 cm); 2.5" H (6.4 cm) with mount Provenance: Ex-Brand collection, PA 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #114028

Condition Report: Old loss to front right leg as shown. Beautiful russet and green patina.

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European Hallstatt Bronze Spectacle Fibula (Brooch)

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Description: Southern Europe, Hallstatt culture, ca. 7th century BCE. This is a beautiful, intact example of one of my favorite artifacts -- the spectacle, or double spiral, fibula (brooch). It is created from a single thin strap of bronze twisted around itself. The design of these items was remarkably persistent, and the style dates back to the 13th century BCE. They have been found all over Southern Europe -- mostly in the Balkans and south of the Danube and as far afield as Poland, Switzerland, and the western Mediterranean. They were often buried with their owners. Size: 4.75" W x 2.1" H (12.1 cm x 5.3 cm) Provenance: Ex-private German collection, acquired in 1990s. 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #114056

Condition Report: Intact, with brooch pin still present and moveable (but not functional).

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Etruscan Buccheroware Kylix

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Description: Italy, Etruscan culture, ca. 768 to 264 BCE. A beautiful kylix, a drinking cup for water or wine, with two huge strap handles extending from the foot and blending into the body at the almost non-existent rim. This is done in the bucchero style, which is diagnostic of the Etruscans, a method of firing pottery that results in a smooth, shiny black finish. This type of drinking cup may have been made specifically to be buried with offerings, as much fine Etruscan pottery was. Size: 4.4" L x 6.6" W x 4.3" H (11.2 cm x 16.8 cm x 10.9 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private LA County 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118013

Condition Report: Repaired from multiple pieces with a very old museum acquisition tag on the underside of the vessel.

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Daunian Polychrome Pottery Kyathos, Striking Decoration

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Description: Italy, Apulia / Daunian, ca. 300 BCE. A lovely Daunian polychrome pottery kyathos, or dipper, with a characteristically lengthy, flattened, looped handle attached to a shallow bowl with a subtly flared rim, all decorated in an attractive decorative program of chocolate brown and red stripes and stylized geometrics called listati on a cream ground. Particularly elaborate are the abstract motifs on the handle, tondo, and underside of the base. Daunian society included a blend of native Italians and Greeks who had settled in the area. Though many Daunian vessel forms were strongly influenced by the native Italians of this region, the kyathos was a Greek creation and the generous width of the strap was purely Daunian. A stunning example, replete with a brilliant silhouette and finely delineated decorative program. Size: 6.5" W x 3.875" H (16.5 cm x 9.8 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private LA County 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118008

Condition Report: Handle repaired and reattached. Chips to rim and underside of base. Expected surface wear with nicks, abrasions, and pigment loss as shown.

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Beautiful Daunian Polychrome Decorated Pottery Vessel

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Description: Italy, Apulia / Daunian, ca. 300 BCE. A striking, handsomely decorated oinochoe (pouring vessel) with an elegant silhouette, the body of a globular form with a flared, flat rim and a single, flat strap handle bridging rim to shoulder, all signature traits of Daunian pottery and all adorned with a polychrome scheme of geometric decorations featuring a striped pattern tracing every contour of the vessel in characteristic chocolate brown and orange hues over a cream slip ground, both ends of the handle and register adjacent to the base further decorated with stylized geometric motifs known as listati. A beautiful example. Size: 5.25" at widest point x 4.375" H (13.3 cm x 11.1 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private LA County 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118009

Condition Report: Repairs to rim. Handle reattached. Expected surface wear with scratches and pigment loss commensurate with age.

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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 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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Roman Redware Deep Bowl

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Description: Rome, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 2nd century BCE. A redware bowl with a pronounced, slightly flared foot and a deep body with concave sides and a slightly flared rim. This is an example of simple Samian Ware (sometimes known as terra sigillata) or possibly an early Fine Ware (fineware). These types of pottery were mass produced in Roman provinces and exported throughout the western part of the Empire. They were made to be used for displaying and serving foods. Some were decorated, but many, like this one, were simple shapes with glossy finish. Many of them are known from Roman Britain; they are also known from the Pompeii "hoard", a collection of the vessels found in a crate that had arrived in the town and not yet been taken out of their packaging when Mt Vesuvius erupted on August 23, 79 CE. Size: 7.4" W x 4.5" H (18.8 cm x 11.4 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private New York 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117588

Condition Report: One side has been repaired/restored, but its well done and difficult to see.

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Beautiful Roman Green Glass Bowl w/ Incised Lines

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Description: Rome, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. A wide-mouthed, delicate glass bowl with incised thin linear bands around its body and a flared rim. At its thickest point - the base - the glass has a pale blue color and some slight iridescence. After the invention of glass blowing in Roman Syria in the 1st century, the industry exploded and expanded throughout the Roman Empire. During the centuries of the height of the Empire, glass was used everywhere - keeping cosmetics and perfumes, serving meals, and used as storage vessels for food and other products to be shipped across the Mediterranean. Size: 3.75" W x 2.75" H (9.5 cm x 7 cm) Provenance: Ex-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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117757

Condition Report: Intact, with some archaeological encrustation.

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Lovely Roman Green Glass Flared Neck Bottle

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Description: Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. A silvery, shimmering, iridescent example of a delicate blown glass jar with a wide, conical spout. After the invention of blown glass in the first century CE, glass became easy to mass produce as well as cheaper, and so glass items, made by the vitriarii, entered everyday Roman life for the majority of people. Size: 3.25" W x 4.6" H (8.3 cm x 11.7 cm) Provenance: Ex-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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117750

Condition Report: Intact, with interior encrustations.

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Lovely Roman Alabaster Bust - 2nd Century

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Description: Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 180 to 220 CE. A lovely small alabaster bust of a bearded man with thick, curly hair on his head and face. His face is naturalistic and has a rounded nose and large, sensitive eyes. In the Classical World, small busts were often made as copies of larger statues, usually ones displayed in public spaces, to be placed in the household. This bust probably depicts someone of high status. The facial hair helps us date it; Roman emperors were clean shaven until the Emperior Hadrian, who grew one, according to Plutarch, to hide scars on his face, although he may also have been inspired by Greek style. This fashion was mirrored by other men for just a brief period in Roman history. Comes with custom stand. Size: 1.9" L x 1.8" W x 4.75" H (4.8 cm x 4.6 cm x 12.1 cm) Provenance: ex-Private LA County 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117804

Condition Report: Repaired in two places, and with a hole drilled into the top of the head.

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Roman Bronze Eagle Fibula Brooch

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Description: Roman, possibly Roman Britain, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A striking and beautiful brooch in the form of an eagle with wings spread and head turned to one side. The Roman eagle was a symbol of the military and this may have been owned by a soldier or perhaps a soldier's wife. The concentric circle designs suggest a Celtic influence of the kind found in Roman Britain, although both goods and people traveled far and wide in the Roman Empire and it could have been merely inspired by that style. Size: 1.15" W x 1.5" H (2.9 cm x 3.8 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private New York 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117589

Condition Report: Smooth, light patina overall; brooch pin is fused into place.

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Ancient Roman Bronze Figure in Toga

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Description: Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. A small bronze statuette of a young man or woman standing barefoot, wearing a toga. Interestingly, the figure does look like a woman, but most women did not wear togas after the earlier years of the Roman Republic - in fact, they became associated with prostitutes. However, if the figure is a young man, then the toga, an expensive garment, is the symbol of their high status. Size: 0.95" W x 2.7" H (2.4 cm x 6.9 cm) Provenance: ex-Brand Collection, Pennsylvania 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #114026

Condition Report: Wear to form, but features are clear

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Roman Blue-Green Glass Plate - Fiery Iridescence

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Description: Rome, ca. 2nd to 3rd century CE. A breathtakingly beautiful hand-blown, translucent blue-green glass plate with lovely areas of purple, rainbow, and silver iridescence. The plate is a nice size with relatively straight vertical walls and an out-folded rim, all upon a ring foot with a broken pontil on the base, a nice nod to the free-blown process. Quite an attractive piece of ancient glass. Size: 6.375" W x 1.125" H (16.2 cm x 2.9 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private Orange County, CA 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118030

Condition Report: One repair and crack to one side. Pitted from the decay process. Some encrustation as shown.

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Roman Pottery Lion Statuette

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Description: Rome, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. A pretty hollow mold made pottery statuette of a lion. It appears as if there was once a goddess or some other figure seated atop the lion; the lower legs wearing robes are still present. This may have been Cybele, the Magna Mater ("Great Mother"), often shown attended to by a lion. The lion stands atop a rectangular pedestal. This statuette may be a copy of a larger bronze statue found in Roman public life, purchased to be an ornament in a home; it may also have been used a votive offering in a temple. Size: 4.1" L x 1.45" W x 3.85" H (10.4 cm x 3.7 cm x 9.8 cm) Provenance: Ex - Prominent LA County collector who acquired these prior to 2000 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118003

Condition Report: Missing upper section

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