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Auction Description for Artemis Gallery: Holiday Sale - Ancient | Asian | Ethnographic
Auction Description:
What to give this holiday season?  You'll find plenty of options in our Dec. 8 auction that will cater to all tastes and budgets. Classical antiquities from Egypt, Greece, Italy, the Near East.  Asian art from China, Japan, Thailand, more!  Pre-Columbian.  Native American. African / Tribal / Oceanic.  Spanish Colonial.  Fossils.  Jewelry.  We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.  This is one sale you don't want to miss!

Holiday Sale - Ancient | Asian | Ethnographic (453 Lots)

by Artemis Gallery


453 lots with images

December 8, 2016

Live Auction

Louisville, CO, USA

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Impressive Egyptian Alabaster Stone Vessel - 9.75

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Description: Egypt, Early Dynastic Period, ca. 3100 to 2686 BCE. The Archaic or Early Dynastic Period of Egypt immediately follows the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt c. 3100 BC. It is generally taken to include the First and Second Dynasties, lasting from the Naqada III archaeological period until about 2686 BC, or the beginning of the Old Kingdom. Gorgeous large banded alabaster cylindircal jar with flat bottom and carved rope motif as a decorative band under the rim. Size: 5.75" W x 9.75" H (14.6 cm x 24.8 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private New York Collection, ex. John N. Winnie, Jr. collection, Georgia, 1980s-90s 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. #117215

Condition Report: A large original piece has been reattached in one side with restoration over the breakline and a 3” area of restoration in the rim, with scattered areas of root marks and surface deposit, especially on the interior.

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Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Flint Knife

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Description: Egypt, late Pre-Dynastic, ca. 3200 BCE. This is a percussion flaked knife made in the "classic" style with a long curved blade edge and a straight back edge. This knife is made of a brown-grey chert instantly recognizable to a lithic expert as being from ancient Egypt. At one time, it may have had a handle of gilded material or something perishable -- for example, the Pitt Rivers Museum Egyptian flint knife has a decorated ivory handle, as does the "Gebel el-Arak" knife held by the Louvre. Blades of ceremonial knives like those examples and this one are uniformly made of this particular colored chert, which some researchers have interpreted to be an emulation of the color of metal. Comes with custom stand. Size: 4.4" L x 1.4" W (11.2 cm x 3.6 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. #117709

Condition Report: Intact and quite excellent, missing wooden handle.

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Egyptian Old Kingdom Fossilferous Limestone Jar

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Description: Ancient Egypt, Old Kingdom, Dynasties 3 to 6, ca. 2649 to 2150 BCE. An elegant vessel carved from fossilferous limestone of stunning honey hues with grey and brown inclusions, the body of an ovoid form with rounded shoulders from which a short, slightly tapered neck emerges with a thinning rim and a flat base. Size: 2.375" W x 2.75" H (6 cm x 7 cm) Provenance: Ex-West German collection of K.B. since the 1960s. 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. #117275

Condition Report: Tiny, nearly invisible nicks to rim. Else intact and excellent.

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Ancient Egyptian Polychrome Wood Boat Figure

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Description: Egypt, Middle Kingdom, 11th to 12th Dynasty, ca. 2030 to 1640 BCE. A sacred boatman figure, skillfully carved in a kneeling position ready to row with articulated arms connected to his torso via pegs. Once carved, the figure was covered in a thin layer of gesso and painted in red, black, and white hues. This example presents a particularly engaging visage with large lined eyes that are further accentuated with long black brows, a protruding aquiline nose, and a slight smile, all topped with a classic cap-styled coiffure. An impressive boatman figure, most likely created to be placed in the tomb of Egyptian royalty as was the custom. Funerary boat models were created to assist in the deceased's journey through the underworld. The most well-known models came from Meketre's tomb, more than half of which were funerary boats. Lucite square stand. Size: 8.375" H (21.3 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private Florida 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. #118828

Condition Report: Surface wear with losses to gesso and pigment and some eroded surfaces as shown. A few nicks and abrasions to wood, particularly at peripheries of limbs.

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Rare Egyptian Carved Wooden Arm - XII Dynasty

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Description: Ancient Egypt, Middle Kingdom, 12th Dynasty, ca. 1991 to 1802 BCE. A hand-carved wooden arm and grasping hand from a larger statue, with one end terminating in a tenon joint. Fine details of the fingers and the overall shape reveal this to be a naturalistic style, presumably based on a real model. There are the remains of a light pigment still on the wood. Comes with custom stand. Size: 14" L x 4" W (35.6 cm x 10.2 cm) Provenance: Ex-Swiss collection acquired in Egypt in 1967 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. #118465

Condition Report: Surface cracking with some damage and loss to the tenon joint.

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Ancient Egyptian Faience Standing Female

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Description: Egypt, New Kingdom, 18th to 20th Dynasty, ca. 1543 to 1077 BCE. A terracotta female figure once covered in a beautiful turquoise faience, standing erect with arms at her sides and feet together upon a plinth, presenting a characteristically stiff stance deemed ideal to safeguard the eternal presence of the ka or spirit by the ancient Egyptians, and a tranquil visage framed by a tripartite coiffure. Thermoluminescence testing has established this piece to be 3400+ years old. Size: 11.375" H (28.9 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private FL 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. #117513

Condition Report: Surface wear has removed most of the beautiful turquoise faience, bits of which remain. Some expected pitting to surface.

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Egyptian Faience Kohl Container - Triple Tube Form

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Description: Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca 1550 to 1069 BCE. A wonderful blue-green faience kohl container comprised of three conjoined tubes, the central tube recessed, all with remains of turquoise glaze. Though originally used to protect against eye ailments as well as the sun, kohl became a popular cosmetic made from stibnite and used as an eyeliner by women for the most part, but also some men and children. This example boasts a similar form to an 18th Dynasty kohl container inscribed for Queen Tiye (1410-1372 BCE) in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (http://collections.lacma.org/node/244539). Custom stand. Size: 2.375" W x 3.375" H (6 cm x 8.6 cm); 4" H (10.2 cm) with stand Provenance: Ex-Collection of Bob Brand and Liz Werthan, Philadelphia 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. #117132

Condition Report: Repaired as shown. Still shows well.

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Realistic Egyptian Carved Cedar Mummy Mask

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Description: Ancient Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasties 21 to 25, ca. 1070 to 712 BCE. A strikingly veristic mummy mask, skillfully carved from a piece of cedar wood, delineated with a slender face and naturalistic features including tranquil almond-shaped eyes with delineated lids, arching eyebrows, a narrow aquiline nose, closed, full lips, finely modeled cheeks and facial planes, and a delicate chin emerging from the neck. The wood has developed a rich, lustrous patina over the ages. What's more, remains of an original wooden dowel have survived. Given the delicate nature and scale of this mask, it may have represented a petite woman or adolescent youth. Custom, lucite stand. Size: 4.125" W x 7.375" H (10.5 cm x 18.7 cm); 8.75" H (22.2 cm) on standInterestingly, cedar wood was not native to Egypt. Egypt did not have verdant forests filled with tall trees, and unfortunately most of its native lumber was of relatively poor quality. So they relied on importing to acquire hardwoods - ebony imported from Africa, cedar and pine from Lebanon. One fabulous obelisk inscription by Thutmose III attests to the luxury of treasured hardwoods. It reads as follows, "They brought to me the choicest products . . . consisting of cedar, juniper and of meru wood . . . all the good sweet woods of God's Land." (Obelisk inscription by Thutmose III - J. H. Breasted, Ancient Records of Egypt, Part Two, p. 321) Provenance: Ex-Private European collection acquired before 1975 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. #118507

Condition Report: A section with stable age cracks. Inactive insect damage with losses to nose, chin, left cheek, lips, and peripheries. Nice, rich patina.

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Egyptian Faience Ushabti - Third Intermediate Period

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Description: Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1070 to 712 BCE. This is a late period ushabti (shabti), made of a green faience and painted with black line details, including hieroglyphics and an Eye of Horus. Size: 1.3" W x 3.7" H (3.3 cm x 9.4 cm)Ushabti were placed in tombs as grave goods, created to do manual labor for the deceased in the afterlife. As a result, they are frequently depicted with arms crossed, holding hoes and baskets. By the Third Intermediate period, this practice had become so necessary and elaborate that some tombs contained one worker for every day of the year and thirty-six overseers, each responsible for ten laborers. Workers like this one are from that period of enormous proliferation, and are some of our best surviving insights into ancient Egyptian funerary practices. Provenance: Ex-Private Ventura 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. #118334

Condition Report: Lower legs repaired.

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Egyptian Third Intermediate Period Faience Ushabti

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Description: Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1070 to 712 BCE. This is a very fine example of an ushabti (shabti) with a deep blue faience coating and some black decoration and writing. It has its arms crossed over its chest and is holding hoes (for a clearer photo of a shabti holding hoes in the similar manner, see the Faience shabti of Sety I on the British Museum website). Many, like this one, are inscribed with pleas to Osiris. Size: 1.7" W x 4.6" H (4.3 cm x 11.7 cm)This is an ushabti (shabti) with a deep blue faience coating and some black decoration. It has its arms crossed over its chest and is holding hoes (for a clearer photo of a shabti holding hoes in the similar manner, see the Faience shabti of Sety I on the British Museum website). Shabti (or ushabti) dolls are figures shaped like adult male or female mummies wearing traditional ancient Egyptian headdresses. The ancient Egyptians believed that after they died, their spirits would have to work in the "Field of Reeds" owned by the god of the underworld, Osiris. This meant doing agricultural labor -- and it was required by all members of society, from workers to pharaohs. The wealthier nobility in Egyptian society were able to have shabtis made of faience; blue faience was meant to reflect the color of the river Nile both on earth and in the afterlife. During later periods, people from the middle class also seem to have gained access to ushabti. Provenance: Ex-Private Florida 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. #118832

Condition Report: Intact, with some surface wear.

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Custom Necklace + Earrings - Egyptian Beads & Amulets

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Description: Ancient Egypt with Amarna elements, New Kingdom to Late Dynastic, Dynasties 18 to 31, ca. 1550 to 332 BCE. An impressive ensemble of wearable art comprised of a necklace created from three elegantly twisted strands, including two with innumerable ancient Egyptian faience beads of stunning blue, white, green, and burgundy hues and one of classic brass cable chain, five amulets including two aqua blue tear-drop shaped faience beads that date to the Amarna period and may represent cornflowers, two figural faience amulets, and one quasi-cylindrical bright blue amulet, these interspersed with seven dangling strands of additional faience beads. Complementing this necklace are a pair of drop earrings with French hooks, each with a single strand of faience beads, a single brass cable chain strand, and a beautiful rich blue faience amulet in the form of a bunch of grapes dating to the Amarna period. A unique ensemble of custom jewelry featuring ancient Egyptian treasures. Size: 19" L (48.3 cm); danglers and amulets add 3.5" L (8.9 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. #117091

Condition Report: Some beads with minor surface wear. Overall near choice.

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Exceptional Egyptian Wooden Mummy Mask, 2600+ Years Old

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Description: Egypt, end of Third Intermediate to beginning of Late Period, 22 to 27th Dynasties, ca. 750 to 500 BCE. An impressive sarcophagus mask, carved from a fine-grained hardwood, the oval/heart-shaped, white painted face with finely delineated naturalistic nose and lips, well-modeled cheeks, almond-shaped eyes dramatically lined in black, and finely arched black brows ending just short of the contours of the bridge of the nose - all topped by a grand blue headdress trimmed with painted black 'beads' along the brim. Original paint, original gesso, original peg holes on backside for attachment to sarcophagus with some original pegs still in place. Custom stand. Size: mask itself measures 9.5" W x 13.25" H (24.1 cm x 33.7 cm); 16.75" H (42.5 cm) on stand. Provenance: Ex- European collection acquired before 1975 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. #118796

Condition Report: Stable age cracks here and there, with several radiating from the old peg perforations. Expected surface wear. Losses to wood and painted gesso as shown.

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Gorgeous Egyptian Framed Linen Sarcophagus Panels

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Description: Egypt, Late Dynastic period, ca. 712 to 332 BCE. A pair of brightly painted cartonnages - plastered layers formed into panels to line the inside of a sarcophagus or used as mummy decoration. These particular examples are all from one coffin, and are clearly from a coffin that was for someone in the middle class. Custom mounted and framed. Size of chest piece: 6.7" W x 12" H (17 cm x 30.5 cm); Size in frame: 14.5" W x 32" H (36.8 cm x 81.3 cm)These painted strips are made of gesso (a mixture of chalk, pigment, and gypsum) over wide linen strips. Using a plastered surface like this formed a more stable surface for painting. The paintings are brightly done, with traditional Egyptian funerary symbols, and contain no hieroglyphs. The wider of the two panels was probably laid over the chest area, symbolically forming necklaces with a twin serpent design. The other panel has profile sketches of four gods, including Horus, Anubis, and Sobek, with Sobek wearing the sun disk that signifies connection to Ra and pharaonic power. By the time of the Late Dynastic period, the elaborate funerary rituals and furniture of the Egyptian grave had become an industry, mass produced, and given to, for the first time, the non-elite. While on the one hand, this signaled a decline in these religious practices and a simplification of motifs and artwork, it also represented a democratization of death, opening up access to privileged religious and afterlife-ensuring rituals to many more members of the society. Provenance: Ex-Private European collection acquired before 1975 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. #118504

Condition Report: Both have been cut away from the sarcophagus, and have some rough edges; the smaller of the two has some losses to paint along the lower right border.

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Ancient Egyptian Faience Pilgrim's Flask

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Description: Ancient Egypt, Late Dynastic Period, ca. 664 to 525 BCE. A faience flask with with twin curved handles flanking the neck and a very pale blue and in other places brown faience glaze. The neck flares out slightly from a narrow spout. Size: 5.1" W x 6.7" H (13 cm x 17 cm)These mold made flasks, famous from late Egyptian contexts, were first described by the famous early archaeologist and Egyptologist Flinders Petrie, who found and excavated a great deal of fragmentary ones at Naukratis. This one, with its pale turquoise glaze, may also be from there (others are apple green). These flasks were offered as a gift around July 19th, when the Egyptian New Year's festival took place.It is not currently known what contents they were made to hold - some have suggested cosmetics, but others believe they may also have been made to hold the waters of the flooded Nile. Provenance: Ex-Private Florida 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. #118842

Condition Report: Intact, wth some losses to faience covering.

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Egyptian Glazed Steatite Pendant - Seated Sekhmet

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Description: Egypt, Late Period, Dynasties 26 to 31, ca. 664 to 332 BCE. A carved and glazed steatite pendant depicting Sekhmet, the lion-headed female deity who represents power and might, with a sun disc on her head, sitting on a throne. Sekhmet was also sometimes represented by the midday sun's scorching heat, and in this aspect sometimes called "Nesert" or flame, her heat further bolstering her terrifying presence. A suspension loop is carved on the backside of the sun disc. Size: .5" W x 2.75" H (1.3 cm x 7 cm)Sekhmet (Sakhmet) is among the oldest Egyptian deities. She is typically depicted as a lion-headed woman, sometimes wearing a sun disc on her head as we see in this example. When shown sitting, she usually hold an ankh of life; when standing, she wields a sceptre formes from papyrus, the symbol of Lower Egypt, the area with which she is most often associated. Her name comes from the Egyptian word "Sekhem" which translates to "power" or "might" - indeed Sekhmet is sometimes translated as "Powerful One" or "She who is Powerful." Sekhmet is also mentioned in several spells of The Book of the Dead, discussed as both a creative and a destructive force, but above all, the guardian of Ma'at (balance or justice) who defies evil. 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. #118260

Condition Report: Head repaired with minor losses, as shown. Right hand missing.

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Custom Jewelry - Egyptian Faience Necklace + Earrings

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Description: Egyptian, late Dynastic to Ptolemaic Periods, ca. 1290 to 30 BCE. A beautifully matched necklace and pair of earrings made of ancient blue, black, cream, and green faience beads - both seed and long. The necklace has a webbed form whose loops are matched by the shape of the earrings. Large teardrop silver beads dangle within each loop. The earrings have delicate golden findings. Size: 20" L of chain x 3" L of earrings (50.8 cm x 7.6 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. #117104

Condition Report: Modern stringing and silver/gold. All ancient beads are in excellent condition.

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Lot of 8 Ancient Egyptian Faience Amulets & Scarabs

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Description: Egyptian, late Dynastic to Ptolemaic Periods, ca. 1290 to 30 BCE. A collection of tiny Egyptian faience beads in a variety of shapes - some gods - and one quartz scarab. Six of these are pierced for suspension. They are varied in color, showing the range of faience blues and greens. Average size: 0.7" H (1.8 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. #117595

Condition Report: Slight signs of wear to forms.

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Lovely Framed Egyptian Linen & Gesso Horus

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Description: Egypt, Late Period, ca. 712 to 332 BCE. A section of gessoed and painted linen representing Horus, god of the sky, war, kingship, and protection - one of the most important deities in ancient Egypt who was also the son of Isis and Osiris and played many roles in the pantheon of Egyptian gods. Horus is depicted as a falcon with a profile head, outspread wings, and feathered body in hues of ochre, black, and white on a blue ground, triangulated by red, blue, ochre, and white striations. Horus wears an orb-shaped crown with a cobra that appears ready to strike; this is a variant of the uraeus usually scene upon the pschent (double crown worn by rulers of ancient Egypt). In ancient Egypt he cobra symbolized the Lower Egyptian goddess Wadjet, and on the pschent was usually joined by a vulture representing Nekhbet, the Upper Egyptian tutelary goddess. A stunning piece mounted on linen and framed in a glass-fronted, black wooden frame. Size: piece itself measures 9.75" W x 7" H (24.8 cm x 17.8 cm); 14" W x 11.25" H (35.6 cm x 28.6 cm) in frame Provenance: Ex-Private European collection acquired before 1975 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. #118502

Condition Report: A section with losses to peripheries as shown. Surface wear with pigment/gesso losses and some surface fissures.

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Tall Egyptian Bronze Standing Osiris Figure

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Description: Egyptian, Late Dynastic (26th to 30th Dynasty), ca. 664 to 342 BCE. A solid cast bronze votive statuette depicting Osiris, the god of the afterlife, standing mummiform, wearing his distinctive atef crown with large ostrich feathers at each side, frontal uraeus and false beard, with his arms folded on his chest, holding a symbolic crook and flail. A handsome example with dark, green patina. Custom, wood stand. Size: 8" H (20.3 cm) Size: 8.75" H (22.2 cm) with stand. Provenance: Ex - Private LA County 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. #116518

Condition Report: Repaired from two pieces. Surface shows some roughness but nice overall.

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Egyptian Wood & Painted Gesso Mummy Mask

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Description: Egypt, Late Period, 26th to 30th Dynasties, ca. 664 to 343 BCE. An attractive sarcophagus mask, carved from a fine-grained hardwood, the oval/heart-shaped face emerging from a slender neck still showing remains of red pigment with finely delineated naturalistic nose and lips, well-modeled cheeks, dramatic almond-shaped eyes delineated in black and white. Remains of original paint and gesso, as well as original peg holes on backside for attachment to sarcophagus with some original pegs still in place. The mask was an essential part of the mummy, placed over the head to provide an idealized image of of the deceased. Custom stand. Size: 5" W x 6.75" H (12.7 cm x 17.1 cm); 8.125" H (20.6 cm) on stand 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. #117894

Condition Report: Surface wear with abrasions, age cracks, eroded areas, and pigment losses as shown.

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Egyptian Pottery Janus-Headed Jar

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Description: Egypt, Ptolomeic to early Romano-Egyptian, ca. 332 to 30 BCE. A petite janus-headed pottery vessel with two identical, mold-made visages gracing each side, each face impressive for its veristic humanistic features - those almond-shaped eyes, naturalistic noses, full lips, cleft chins, and textured coiffures. Atop is a narrow cylindrical neck with an out-turned rim and a single handle bridging the rim to the body. A lovely piece displaying the Ptolomeic dynasty's embrace of the classical taste for realism. Size: 2.25" W x 2.625" H (5.7 cm x 6.7 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. #118268

Condition Report: Tiny nicks to rim. "Seam" where the two mold-made halves of the vessel were joined shows a bit.

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Romano Egyptian Faience Glazed Jar

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Description: Egypt, Romano-Egyptian Period, ca. 30 BCE to 1st century CE. A pretty small jar with a narrow handle, a bulbous body, and a flared, thick rim. The entire jar has been glazed in a shimmering blue faience that looks like water. Size: 2.3" W x 4.1" H (5.8 cm x 10.4 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private New Orleans, LA 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. #118539

Condition Report: Loss to color on base; chip to rim; surface wear.

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Ancient Egyptian Faience Ushabti - Ptolomeic

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Description: Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, ca. 300 BCE. An endearing ushabti comprised of turquoise colored faience, the standing mummiform figure waiting to do the work of the newly deceased. Hands holding crook and flail, false beard and central pillar down back. A lovely example! Size: 4.5" H (11.4 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private Florida 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. #118836

Condition Report: Expected surface wear with areas of encrustation.

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Romano Egyptian Pottery Standing Nude Female

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Description: Egypt, Romano-Egyptian Period, ca. 30 BCE to 2nd century CE. This is a pottery standing figure made from two molded halves and with a hollow, ovoid base. It depicts a woman standing under an arch supported by two narrow columns. She is nude aside from a flowing cape she has thrown off her shoulders. She stands contrapposto, with her arms and legs posed naturalistically; her head is slightly tilted and she has a large upswept coiffure. The artwork shows the clear influence of the Classical World on Egypt, where previous to Greco-Roman influence, it had been rare to depicted figures either naturalistically or from the front. Soil stuffed inside the base may be indicative of the piece being made to be pushed down into the ground or some other soil surface. This may have been a votive offering and the woman may be a goddess. Size: 3.1" W x 7.55" H (7.9 cm x 19.2 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. #118235

Condition Report: Stable crack and small loss to top back.

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Archaic Greek Standing Pottery Goddess

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Description: Greece, Archaic Period, 8th to 5th century BCE. A simple, mold-made pottery figure of a standing goddess. She stands atop a squared-off platform with one arm raised to her breast and one to her stomach. She wears a simple veil that covers her hair but not her face. Her face is naturalistic and well-rendered. A figure like this was made to be sold outside of a temple, a small clay figure that would be left on an altar as an offering to the god or goddess honored within. Size: 1.9" L x 1.6" W x 7.4" H (4.8 cm x 4.1 cm x 18.8 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. #118234

Condition Report: Intact, with age wear but features are still visible.

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Ancient European / Danubian Bronze Necklace

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Description: Central Europe, Danube Region, possibly Ottomány (Otomani) culture, Late Bronze Age, ca. 1500 BCE. This is one of our favorite pieces, a beautiful and wearable collection of 3500 year old bronze! The necklace is composed of small, flat beads interspersed with six hanging double lunula pendants; the centerpiece is a large plaque with a punched line of stippling around its front edge. The Danube, Europe's longest river, rises in the Black Forest in modern-day southern Germany, and flows through major cities like Vienna, Budapest, and Belgrade, before draining through a large delta into the Black Sea. The river's name is derived from the Proto-Indo-European word for river, "danu". During the Bronze Age, prestige items like this one would have been traded along the length of the river. Size: 25.3" L (64.3 cm).A very similar piece is published in Cf. H. Müller-Karpe, Handbuch der Vorgeschichte Vol. 4. Bronzezeit (Munich 1980) 181ff., pl. 293 E9. Provenance: Ex-private Swiss 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. #112417

Condition Report: Excellent patina; modern restringing on a leather band.

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Superb Hallstatt Gilded Bronze Spiral Bracelet

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Description: Central Europe, Austria / Hungary, ca. 800 to 450 BCE. One of the most beautiful of the variety that we have seen - a spiral bracelet so well made that it is still flexible after nearly 3000 years of burial. With golden patina that indicates it either was a river find or was elevated in the tomb to avoid direct contact with the soil. 19 spirals in all and certainly once adorning the arm of royalty. Size: 4.5" L x 2.75" W (11.4 cm x 7 cm) Provenance: Ex-private New Jersey collection acquired over 20 years ago 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. #112484

Condition Report: Loss to very end of band, else choice.

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Elegant Greek Proto-Corinthian Oinochoe

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Description: Aegean / Eastern Mediterranean, Corinth, ca. 6th century BCE. This delicately decorated oinochoe (oenochoe) or wine pouring vessel has a flat bottom and a strap handle ending in a beautiful trefoil-lipped spout. Corinthian potters invented these flat-bottomed oinochoe and the style spread throughout the area by overseas trade. The decorations on this particular piece are a series of lines of various width, radiating outward down the shoulder and then around the cylindrical body, in dark red and black, over an orange terracotta buff. Size: 4.25" W x 7" H (10.8 cm x 17.8 cm) Provenance: ex-Eugene Raymond Collection, Massachusetts 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. #114060

Condition Report: Intact with some wear to the paint on the top of the handle, but otherwise very clear paint and colorado.

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Greek Corinthian Polychrome Covered Pyxis

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Description: Greek, Corinth, ca. late 6th century BCE. A two part, spool-shaped pottery vessel with painted geometric designs, possibly lettering, on the exterior of the top and sides. This is also referred to as a powder pyxis and was probably used to hold cosmetics. Size: 2.55" W x 1.95" H (6.5 cm x 5 cm)Compare a similar example in Aspects of ancient Greece: an exhibition organized by the Allentown Art Museum with the cooperation of Gloria Ferrari Pinney and Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway; Allentown Art Museum, September 16 through December 30, 1979. Catalog no. 9. Provenance: Ex-French Collection with French Passport and Thermoluminiscent test + Positive for authenticity 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. #117121

Condition Report: Intact and functional, with wear to paint as shown but design still clear.

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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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Greek Corinthian Pottery Aryballos with Ibex

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Description: Greece, Corinthia, ca. 6th century BCE. A very attractive polychrome aryballos (a vessel used to hold scented oils and perfumes in the bath) of a classic globular form with a circular flat rim and a single wide strap handle. The body is decorated with an ibex surrounded by abstract floral/foliage motifs in red and black pigments and incised details. In addition, a bulls eye pattern adorns the rim and base. A very lovely example with a very old, possibly original, wooden stopper. Size: 2.75" in diameter at widest x 2.75" H (7 cm x 7 cm) Provenance: Ex-Young Collection, New Hampshire 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. #118749

Condition Report: Expected surface wear with minor nicks, scratches, and pigment loss. Strap handle possibly repaired.

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Ancient Greek Silver Bracelet - Snakes / Serpents

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Description: Greece, ca. 8th to 6th century BCE. This is a small bracelet made of silver with abstractly-designed terminals, resembling snakes or serpents. The bracelet size suggests that it was a child's. Tragically, a silver bracelet like this is probably a grave good; being silver, it is almost certainly from the child of a high ranking family. The elite dead in this society were dressed with personal ornaments before being placed in the grave, providing a display of wealth for the family; children's graves often had more jewelery than adults'. Beyond the rather cold interpretation of a show of status, ornaments like this probably also spoke to the attachment that parents had to their child, the intense grief they felt at their deaths, and a desire to protect them in their journey to the afterlife. Size: 1.7" W (4.3 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #112940

Condition Report: Intact

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Superb Greek Attic Black Figure Oinochoe, ex-Bonham's

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Description: Ancient Greece, ca. 550 to 500 BCE. A stunning black-figure oinochoe with a characteristic globular body decorated with a figural scene of Dionysos wearing a wreath and holding a rhyton, flanked by satyrs and maenads, with a trefoil lip. An iconographically rich example of this classic form. Size: 6" W at widest x 7.5" H (15.2 cm x 19 cm) Provenance: Ex-Bonham's; ex-private Ascona, Switzerland collection, acquired in the 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #113421

Condition Report: Professionally repaired from several fragments. One maenad missing painted body as shown. A strong example.

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Large Daunian Polychrome Funnel Krater

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Description: Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, Daunia, ca. 6th to 5th century BCE. A stunning Daunian pottery krater with a large rounded body, a broad funnel rim, and twin upraised loop handles, all upon a flared pedestal foot. This entire form is covered with hand-painted linear bands and abstract geometric motifs in hues of black and red on a creamy beige ground. As early as the 6th century BCE, Daunia was an extremely wealthy region as is evidenced by the rich grave goods from the urban centers of Canosa, Arpi, and Salapia among others. Daunian pottery while somewhat more rustic compared to black glazed and red figure South Italic Greek pottery is characterized by voluminous rounded forms with striking geometric and linear patterns in earthen tones as we see in this intriguing example. Size: 11.5" W x 11.875" H (29.2 cm x 30.2 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. #118166

Condition Report: Foot reattached and repaired from 4 to 6 pieces. Expected surface wear with paint losses and mineral deposits as shown.

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Proto Corinthian Pottery Covered Pyxis

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Description: Ancient Greece, Corinth, ca. 500 BC. A two part spool-shaped, thin walled, delicately fitted terracotta vessel, painted with red pigment overall and with a concentric circle on top, also referred to as a powder pyxis. Size: 2.75" W x 1.625" H (7 cm x 4.1 cm)Compare a similar example in the book Aspects of Ancient Greece: An exhibition organized by the Allentown Art Museum with the cooperation of Gloria Ferrari Pinney and Brunilde Sismondo Ridgway; Allentown Art Museum, September 16 through December 30, 1979. Catalog no. 9. Provenance: Ex-private French collection. Comes with French passport 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. #115330

Condition Report: A few tiny, near invisible nicks and scratches to surface. Otherwise intact and near choice.

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Western Greek Pottery Protome Bust of a Goddess

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Description: Western Greece, ca. 5th to 4th century CE. A pottery bust of a woman - probably a goddess - with flowing hair and veil and a realistic if a bit sulky face. The protome is a type of bust made by pressing a thin layer of terracotta into a single mold. They were used as adornments on utensils or works of art in the form of a frontal view of an animal head or bust of a human. These were first made in Rhodes, but from the early fifth century BCE onwards they spread throughout Greece. Originally, this piece would have been brightly painted. Size: 3.25" W x 4.5" H (8.3 cm x 11.4 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. #118237

Condition Report: Small losses to edges as shown; some of the pottery is a different color on the back but it seems to be ancient rather than a repair. Slight dirt encrustation.

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Fine Daunian Terracotta Owl Kyathos - Exhibited

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Description: Magna Graecia, Italy, Apulia/Daunian, ca. 4th century BCE. Daunian society was a mixture of native Italians and Greeks who had settled in the area. As early as the 6th century BCE, Daunia was an extremely wealthy region as is evidenced by the rich grave goods from the urban centers of Canosa, Arpi, and Salapia among others. The shapes of the vessels remained strongly influenced by the Italians -- this one, for example, is a form of the Greek kyathos, or dipper, with a flat, long, looping handle, but the wideness of the strap is purely Daunian. The owl-face motif at the top, however, recalls Greek influence - owls were a common design motif and were symbols Athena (and also associated with Athens); here they are perhaps imitating Attic art or maybe just invoking a penchant for the goddess. Many Daunian vessels, like this one, were ornamented with bands of geometric decoration called listati. This particular example has squared-off and banded linear designs in black and red over a cream background. A distinctive and unique vessel. Size: 7.5" W x 4.75" H (19 cm x 12.1 cm) Provenance: Ex-Swiss collection acquired between 1950 - 1690, Exhibited University of Zurich 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. #118461

Condition Report: Lower part of handle has been repaired in three places. Slight surface scratching and wear to paint but designs are still clear.

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Extensively Decorated Greek Xenon Pottery Plate

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Description: Magna Graecia, southern Italy, Apulia, Xenon style, ca. 4th century BCE. A blackware plate on a raised foot decorated in the Xenon style with added pink hued pigments delineating a comprehensive program comprised of an outer band of laurel leaves, next a register featuring a vine-like scroll motif, and finally in the center an abstract flower with many petals radiating from an abstract stigma delineated via an "X" with circles inhabiting the quadrants. Size: 8.25" W x 1.625" H (21 cm x 4.1 cm)So-called Xenon ware is a specific type of Apulian pottery that was named after a vase in Frankfurt (Beazley, EVP, p. 219, 1) inscribed with the name "XENON" and is distinguished by its added matte reddish decoration over black glaze. Interestingly, miniature vases and vessels, perhaps intended as votives or toys, are particularly prevalent among Xenon pottery. Provenance: Ex-Orange County, 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118079

Condition Report: Repaired from about six pieces with an area of loss and slight losses by one break line. Chip to rim. Expected surface wear. Nice root marks.

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Unusual Greek Blackware Guttus -  Medusa

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Description: Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, ca. 4th century BCE. A gorgeous blackware guttus, this unusual form with an extended trumpeted spout, a looped strap handle, and a voluminous body standing upon a raised extended pedestal foot. The high relief roundel is decorated with a mask that likely depicts a deity, perhaps the legendary Medusa, the Gorgon winged female with a serpent coiffure whose face turned gazers to stone. This type of vessel was used to hold precious oils. The looped handle and the fact that there is only one opening gave the user precise control over the amount of liquid poured. A lovely and rare example! Size: 4.75" W x 3.5" H (12.1 cm x 8.9 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. #116386

Condition Report: One area of repair beneath spout and small nicks to base as shown. Amazingly, the blackware finish is mostly undisturbed. Stunning.

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Greek / Persian Bronze Situla - Bird Finials

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Description: Eastern Greek to Persian empires, ca. 5th to 4th century BCE Bronze pail or situla with short foot, bulbous midsection, thinning neck and attached thin rim with two attached bird finials acting as attachments for the bronze handle. An attractive example for little money! Size: 6.25" W x 7.5" H (15.9 cm x 19 cm) Provenance: Ex - Estate of Julien Hovsepian 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. #115648

Condition Report: Minor holes at rim, a few small dents else intact and generally excellent

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Ancient Greek Core-Form Glass Amphoriskos

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Description: Greek Empire, ca. 5th to 3rd century BCE. Core formed glass amphoriskos of elegant tapered body form, applied opposing handles and button foot. Marvered swirl ribbed feather pattern. Custom Lucite base. Size: 3.5" H (8.9 cm) Provenance: Ex - Private NJ collection acquired at New York 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. #112461

Condition Report: Surface a bit pock-marked from 2500 years of burial, very faint surface crack to one side

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Beautiful Greek Campanian Squat Lekythos

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Description: Greece, South Italy/Magna Graecia, Campania, ca. 4th century BCE. A small, squat lekythos (oil pouring vessel) with a long, thin neck ending in a flat, flared rim; a very thin handle rises in a curve from the shoulder up to lower neck. The piece sits on a flat, slightly rolled foot. The piece is glazed in a deep, glossy black that has attained a beautiful iridescence. Campanian wares, one of the five types of known pottery produced in the Greek South Italic colonies, were made by Greek colonists in the cities of Capua and Cumae. Size: 3.6" W x 3.85" H (9.1 cm x 9.8 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. #118150

Condition Report: Excellent intact condition, with root marks on surface.

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Greek Campanian Pottery Ribbed Mug

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Description: Greece, South Italy/Magna Graecia, Campania, ca. 4th century BCE. An absolutely gorgeous small pottery mug with low, flat foot and a small looped handle made of two joined cylinders that meet at the rim with a slightly flaring join. The rim is rolled outward and the neck is smooth, leading to the bulbous ribbed body. The body is overall aside from the bottom of the foot glazed in an almost-iridescent black. Campanian wares, one of the five types of known pottery produced in the Greek South Italic colonies, were made by Greek colonists in the cities of Capua and Cumae. Size: 3.9" W x 2.7" H (9.9 cm x 6.9 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. #118134

Condition Report: Excellent, with no imperfections except very minor paint loss to edges of rim.

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Greek Gnathian Pottery Trefoil Oinochoe - Grapes & Bird

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Description: Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, Apulia, ca. 340 to 325 BCE. A breathtaking trefoil oinochoe created in a pottery workshop in the Apulia region of southern Italy where potters were known for introducing additional pigments to black glazed vessels. The surface of this example of Gnathian ware presents several registers adorning the neck and shoulder, some demarcated by incised double lines, featuring a wide band of beautifully painted white and yellow grapevines and tendrils, red and white bands, a band of delicate red and yellow floral clusters, and a "V" pattern in white. Beneath the band of grapes is a white dove with details, i.e. the wings, tailfeathers, neckline, and eye, delineated in red pigment. Most intriguingly, the bird appears to sit in a ring of white dots perhaps representing eggs. Above the bird is a register featuring trios of dots, picking up on this iconography, alternating with tri-tipped clusters, two of which flank the bird below. Overall, a lovely example that demonstrates skillful technique and an overall polychromatic effect characteristic of Gnathia. Size: 4.25" W at widest point x 7.5" H (10.8 cm x 19 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. #118156

Condition Report: Minor nicks to trefoil rim. Crazing and nice iridescence to the black pigment. Minor pigment losses to black surface and fugitive pigments as shown.

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Greek Apulian Pottery Thymiaterion - Laurel Leaves

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Description: Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, Apulia, ca. 340 to 325 BCE. An elegant bichrome thymiaterion (incense burner) of a lovely form, the contours of the shape strongly articulated, the black surface decorated with a band of white laurel leaves around the upper base as well as the interior of the incense receptacle. Artists of the Greek Colonies in Southern Italy favored the medium of clay, because few examples of stone suitable for sculpting existed in their environs. This, of course, presented wonderful possibilities for painted decorative programs as we see in this example. Incense burners were popular among the ancients of the Classical World, oftentimes uses as offerings that were interred with the elite deceased. Size: 5.75" in diameter at widest point x 8.5" H (14.6 cm x 21.6 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. #118153

Condition Report: Upper bowl/receptacle reattached. Chips to rim and extending upper and lower peripheries of base. Expected surface wear with minor pigment loss as shown. Very nice manganese deposits on the underside. Some white mineral deposits on lower end of piece

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Attractive Greek Gnathian Net Pattern Bottle

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Description: Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, Eastern Apulia/Gnathia, ca. 340 to 325 BCE. A breathtaking bottle created in a pottery workshop in the Apulia region of southern Italy where potters were known for introducing additional pigments to the red-figure painting technique. This example of Gnathian ware, however, displays no figural work but rather a fine-line netted pattern embellishes the rounded body in white pigment added to the black-slipped ground after firing. In addition, the painter took a generally highly ornamental approach to the neck and lower body i.e. the white horizontal bands as well as a wide red horizontal band adorning the shoulder leading to a series of white vertical bands that are capped by more white horizontal bands as well as the white and red bands wrapping the lower body. The form is just as elegant, boasting a stunning silhouette with a globular body, a neck that narrows gracefully to a wide rimmed spout, all upon a raised narrow foot. Overall, a lovely example that demonstrates skillful technique and an overall polychromatic effect characteristic of Gnathia. Size: 3.125" in diameter x 4.875" H (7.9 cm x 12.4 cm) Provenance: Ex-Orange County, 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118069

Condition Report: Chips to upper and lower rims of spout. Surface wear to body with minor pigment losses as shown.

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Petite Greek Gnathian Pottery Alabastron

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Description: Magna Graecia, southern Italy, Apulia, found near the town of Ignazia, ca. 340 to 325 BCE. A sweet pottery alabastron probably used for holding aromatic perfumed oils, painted extensively in fugitive white pigment over black ground with vertical frets highlighting the neck and a net-like cross-hatch motif on the body 'framed' by horizontal striations. This form originated in 11th century BCE Egypt, and was named an alabastron, because such containers were originally carved from alabaster. Size: 4.875" H (12.4 cm) Provenance: Ex-Orange County, 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118074

Condition Report: Surface wear with pigment losses. Though once a net alabastron, most of the netting is gone. Nice root marks and earthen deposits. Small chip to base.

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Greek / Daunian Thymiaterion - Original Pigments

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Description: Magna Graecia, Italy, Apulia/Daunian, ca. 4th century BCE. A pretty and aesthetically pleasing Daunian take on the classic Mediterranean form of the thymiaterion, the censer or incense burner. Size: 4.5" W x 7.6" H (11.4 cm x 19.3 cm)This example was clearly wheel-made, decorated with thin linear bands of black and red on a biege around its chalice-like body. The inside of the piece shows no signs of having been burnt, so this piece was made to be put into a tomb rather than used. 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. #118168

Condition Report: Repaired at junction with foot, and with a chip to the bottom of the foot. Original pigment remaining.

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Greek Apulian Lady of Fashion Plate

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Description: Classical World, Southern Italy, Apulia, ca. 340 BCE. A small dish with a glossy black background and small, round, hollow foot. Red-figure painting with some white/yellow details show a woman's face from the side - a "lady of fashion", wearing a kekryphalos, a type of hair covering, earrings, and a bead necklace. These figures are often thought to represent brides, or youthful women, and they are found painted onto pottery that was made to be placed in the tombs of women. Size: 5.25" W x 1.05" H (13.3 cm x 2.7 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private Ventura County, CA collection 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. #118350

Condition Report: Small chips to paint, especially on underside; there is what appears to be an error from the firing process on the underside that the original artisan painted over.

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Greek Apulian Bell Krater w/ Lady of Fashion

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Description: Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, Apulia, ca. 340 to 325 CE. A beautiful pottery bell krater adorned via the red figure technique with a stunning Lady of Fashion decorating each side. This type of pottery vessel was quite precious as it was used to mix water and fortified wine at the table. The handsome form is comprised of raised, banded foot, a classic bell-shaped body with twin upward reaching handles, and a flaring rim. Each Lady of Fashion is elegantly painted in profile, wearing an elaborate sakkos as well as drop earrings. Note the liberal yet oh so tasteful usage of fugitive white and golden yellow paint. A superb example of this very desirable style of ancient pottery. Size: 12" in diameter across rim x 11" H (30.5 cm x 27.9 cm) Provenance: Ex - Prominent LA County collector who acquired these prior to 2000, Ex Arte Primitivo 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. #116411

Condition Report: Well-executed repair from four or five pieces. Overall very fine.

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