An Old Babylonian Cylinder Seal, ca. 2000 - 1600 BCE
MM2104Regular price $1,500 USD
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 0.64 inches (1.63 cm)
Provenance: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Feuer, NY., acquired 1970s - 1980s, thereafter private Virginia collection.
A Published Egyptian Glass Heart Amulet, New Kingdom, 18th - 19th Dynasty, ca. 1350 - 1250 BCE
EA2061Regular price $2,750 USD
Core-formed the body in dark blue, with turquoise marvered threads, pierced for attachment.
Published: Christie's, London, Ancient Egyptian Glass and Faience from the 'Per-neb' Collection, Part III, 8 December 1993, lot 234.
Dimensions: Height: 1.3 cm (0.5 inches)
Condition: Body still with bright, shiny surface, some pitting to the body and loss to the rim otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Private collection, Switzerland, acquired between the 1920s to early 1940s, thereafter Jacobs collection, Switzerland.
An Egyptian Faience Amulet of Anubis, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
EJ2113Regular price $550 USD
Anubis was an Egyptian god of embalming who protected the dead, consequently, his image is most often associated with the deceased and tombs. In Egyptian mythology, it was Anubis who wrapped the deceased body of Osiris and who guards the necropolis. He is represented as a jackal-like dog or a man with a dog head, perhaps stemming from the ancient Egyptian’s fear of dogs dismembering or consuming corpses.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. Mounted as a pendant on a 14K gold chain that can be adjusted up to 22 inches (56 cm).
Dimensions: Amulet height: 1/2 inch (1.33 cm)
Provenance: Private Philadelphia collection, acquired in the 1920s and then by descent.
An Egyptian Faience Wedjat Eye Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
EA2112Regular price $650 USD
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall, mounted as a pendant on a modern 18K white gold chain.
Dimensions: Length: 5/8 inch (2 cm), mounted for wearing on a modern 18K white gold chain that is adjustable up to 18 inchew (46 cm).
Provenance: Private collection of Henry Wallis RWS (1830-1916), a British Pre-Raphaelite painter, writer, and collector.
A Roman Carnelian Intaglio of Victory Crowning Fortuna, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 2nd century CE
RA1604Regular price $1,200 USD
Carved from translucent carnelian, a winged Victoria holding a laurel wreath floating before Fortuna who wears a kalathos on her head, holding a cornucopia in her right hand and a rudder in her left, standing on a groundline.
A common motif in Imperial intaglios, Victoria crowning Fortuna can be traced back to at least the second century BCE where it was struck on a Greek-influenced Parthian coin. This imagery was particularly popular with Roman emperors, generals, and politicians who looked to propagandize their successes through the goddesses of victory and fortune. While both goddesses were important parts of the Roman pantheon (Agustus himself made them cornerstones in the ethos of his power), Victoria was particularly popular with the army, leading them to conquest over their enemies, land, and death. It is thus logical that she is crowning Fortuna rather than the other way around; Victory rewards those who display virtus (or strength of character, to which Fortuna was closely tied). Connotating valor, courage, temperance, and masculinity, virtus was one of the most highly prized virtues in Rome, and those who did not possess it were in danger of inviting ill-fortune upon themselves and more importantly upon Rome.
Dimensions: Length: 5/8 inch (1.5 cm)
Condition: With extremely minor chips around the edge that do not detract, overall intact and in very good condition.
Provenance: Private DC collection, acquired in the 1970s.
A tiny Sasanian Dome Seal of a Scorpion, ca. 3rd - 7th century CE
MA2104Regular price $350 USD
Hand-carved from agate, the perfectly rounded form with a flat face featuring a scorpion in right profile with a raised tail and extended pincers, pierced longitudinally for attachment.
Almost all scorpions have been interpreted in a benevolent context in Sasanian seals. When paired with a profile bust or personal device it shows good fortune. It also appears with other animals, plants, and objects of nature, indicating scorpions functioned as "auspicious earth symbols," rather than a malevolent or evil symbol that we associate with today.
Ref: Brunner, Christopher J., Sasanian Stamp Seals in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1978), p 113, nos. 86, 217.
Dimensions: Length: 1 cm (0.39 inches)
Condition: Intact and in very condition overall.
Provenance: Alex Malloy collection, acquired in the 1980s.
An Egyptian Faience Bes Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
EA2104Regular price $395 USD
Carved in deep blue-green faience, the protector god portrayed as a nude dwarf on an integrated base. His large feather crown surmounting grotesque facial features, with protruding tongue and the ears and mane of a lion, with bandy legs and hands hanging on either side of his protruding belly, standing on a plinth with a back pillar.
Background: This dwarf-like, protective deity was very popular in ancient Egypt. Known as early as the Middle Kingdom (ca. 2000 BC), Bes was venerated as a protector of the home, family, and childbirth, and for that reason figures prominently in domestic magic and amulets. His close connection to all aspects of fertility and sexuality is demonstrated by the presence of his image in the "Birth-houses", shrines associated with temples of the Late and Greco-Roman periods. He also had a special relation to the goddess Hathor and performed in her retinue as a musician and dancer.
Dimensions: Length: 2.3 cm (0.90 inches)
Condition: With a loss to the base, otherwise in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Ex Dr Joseph Touma, Virginia, acquired from Christie's in 1993.
An Egyptian Green stone Heart Scarab, Late Period, ca 664 - 332 BCE
EA2101Regular price $3,950 USD
The scarab’s association with the daily rebirth of the young sun god, Khepri, gave the beetle a prominent role in funerary contexts. In this example, the body conforms to the usual scarabaeus sacer; the eyes and head are deeply carved on the five notched shield (clypeus). The first segment of the upper body (prothorax) and wings (elytrae) are separated by incised lines, the legs (tibiae) to the side, are tucked underneath the body. As is to be expected, this heart scarab has no borehole and is uninscribed on the base.
Background: The heart scarab, which first appears in Dynasty XIII, played an important role in the funerary accessories of the deceased. Not only was it the medium for magical text, it was also a symbol of self-generation and rebirth. It provided the deceased wearer with the assurance that at the final judgment he would be found "true of voice" and accepted into the eternal afterlife under the rule of the god Osiris.
Many heart scarabs bear part or all of what is known as Chapter 30B from the Book of the Dead; a prayer to the heart of Isis, who was the mother of the deceased, not to bear false witness against the deceased when he is being judged before Osiris. The Book of the Dead also instructs that the heart scarab be made of the nemhef-stone, which has been identified as green jasper, serpentine, or basalt, and be set in a gold chase suspended from the neck. It appears the stone was chosen not only for its greenish color, which symbolized life, health, and regeneration but also for its weight. The heart could not weigh more than the feather of Maat, so a heart scarab of just the right heft would work in favor of the deceased.
References: Andrews, Carol, 1994. Amulets of Ancient Egypt, chapter 4: Scarabs for the living and funerary scarabs, pp 50-59, Andrews, Carol, c 1993, University of Texas Press.
cf: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession Number 15.3.217.
Condition: One small chip to top right, otherwise intact and in excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: Length: 4.5 cm (1 3/4 inches)
Provenance: Private Australian collection, acquired from the London trade in 1998.
An Egyptian Steatite Scarab Swivel Ring, 2IP, ca. 1759-1539 BCE
EA2073Regular price $3,950 USD
This ancient scarab was carved during a time of great unrest in Egypt's Second Intermediate Period. According to the accompanying paperwork, it was found in the Egyptian Delta, an area overrun at the time by the Hyksos invaders. Hand carved from soft steatite, the underside, carefully incised with wedjet eyes and lotus blossoms, carries messages of power and protection that perhaps reflects the political climate of the times. During this time, the scarab was also carefully set in a ring of high karat gold. As it was originally a ring, a shank of 14K gold was added in modern times in keeping with ancient design, allowing this lovely piece to be worn once more.
Condition: The scarab and bezel are intact and in very good condition overall, a modern swivel shank of 14K gold has been added so it can again be worn.
Dimensions: US ring size: 8, Scarab length: 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Provenance: Mariann Hansen, Racine, Wisconsin private collection, acquired from Blanchard's Egyptian Museum, Cairo in the 1950s. Copy of original Blanchard's documentation will be provided.
A Pre-Columbian Gold Figural Pendant, Calima, Colombia, ca. 800 - 1000 CE
PJ2103Regular price $3,000 USD
A fabulous cast figural gold pendant in the form of a human head, the two hands each holding a crescentic implement. Mounted as a pendant on a 14K gold chain.
Goldworking in the Calima area of Colombia reached its apogee in the so-called Yotoco period-from the 3rd to the 10th centuries CE, a time of great population expansion whereby complex and handsome attire, dominated by a great quantity of gold - diadems, nose and ear ornaments, pectorals, bracelets, and large anklets - became popular.
Condition: One ear circlet missing, with minor losses along the top and crescent implements that do not detract, intact and in very good condition overall with much of the original casting core remaining on the rear.
Dimensions: Pendant Height: 2 inches (5 cm), Overall drop length: 12 inches (30.5 cm)
Provenance: Private Florida collection, acquired in the 1960s, thereafter private NY collection, acquired from Merrin Gallery, NYC.
An Egyptian Faience Uraeus Amulet, 21st Dynasty, ca. 1069 - 945 BCE
EJ2101Regular price $1,750 USD
Deep green glazed faience openwork amulet of a uraeus, the great coil of the body arching up behind to the height of the head, pierced vertically for attachment.
Background: From the earliest dynasties the upreared cobra, the uraeus, was the emblem of royalty, worn on the pharaoh's forehead to signify his kingship and divinity. As a goddess she was the eye of the sun, spitting fire at the king's enemies. The uraeus was among the amulets depicted in both the MacGregor papyrus and the Osiris complex at Dendera. Usually, more than one was placed on the mummy, sometimes at the forehead or even over the feet, but most often on the torso. The uraeus, which as an amulet was intended to provide the non-royal dead with the protection usually reserved for royalty, but which, because of the sloughing of its skin also symbolized resurrection, exists in two basic forms from the twenty-sixth dynasty onwards. In both the fully puffed-up hood is carefully detailed; in the commoner type, a great coil of the body arches up behind to the same height as the head (as is the case on our amulet) and has a suspension loop on top of it. In the other form, only the tip of the tail appears to one side of the base of the hood which lies against a back pillar pierced for suspension.
See Carol Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt (London, British Museum Press, 1994), p. 34-35 and especially p. 75-76 and fig. 76b.
Condition: The amulet is intact and in excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: Amulet height: 3/4 inch (2 cm), set as a pendant 20-inch chain of 14K gold
Provenance: Private collection of Dr. Joseph Touma, VA, acquired from Christie's, April 28, 1993, Lot 67 (part).
An Egyptian Green Glazed Faience Scarab, Amarna Period, ca. 1353 - 1336 BCE
EJ1924Regular price $2,500 USD
Condition: Intact and in very condition overall.
Dimensions: US ring size 6.5. Can be resized.
Provenance: Private Boston collection acquired in the 1950s, thereafter private Virginia collection since 2009.
An Egyptian Glazed Steatite Scarab, New Kingdom, ca. 1550 - 1069 BCE
EA2072Regular price $750 USD
On the underside of this scarab, an incised design depicts a striding lion wearing a royal headdress, who meets face-to-face with a uraeus (royal cobra), a royal sun disc above, symbolizing the king and his superhuman power. This object probably served as a magical amulet to invoke the power and protection of both the king and the sacred beetle.
Because this amulet is pierced longitudinally and has a pronounced rounded terminal, it could at one time been mounted in a setting with a pivoting bezel held by a long wire or cord wrapped around the hoop allowing the beetle to rotate, a common and popular Egyptian style of finger-ring. Some scarab finger-rings on swiveling bevels bore names and titles of officials to serve practically as administrative seals, and other iterations feature various geometric designs, hieroglyphs, or figures with more symbolic meanings. While most amulets were found in burials and probably manufactured expressly for the dead, they were also known to be worn by the living for their protective and symbolic significance.
cf: Mary Ann Pouls, "Scarab Seal" in Searching for Ancient Egypt: Art, Architecture, and Artifacts from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, David P. Silverman, ed., (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997), cat. 57, 195.
Carol Andrews, Ancient Egyptian Jewelry, (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers 1990), 163-64.
Daphna Ben-Tor, The Scarab: A Reflection of Ancient Egypt, (Jerusalem: The Israel Museum 1989), 26-32.
David O'Connor, "The Chronology of Scarabs of the Middle Kingdom and the Second Intermediate Period," in The Journal of The Society for the Study of Egyptian Antiquities, Volume XV No. 1, (Toronto: Benben Publications, January 1985), 1-41.
Condition: Some wear to the glaze on the top but otherwise intact and in excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: Length: 3/4 inch (2 cm)
Provenance: Hansen private collection, Wisconsin acquired from Susette Khayat, New York, 1955-58.
An Egyptian Glazed Steatite Cylinder Seal for King Amenemhat II, 12th Dynasty, ca. 1914-1879/76 BCE
EA2069Regular price $3,950 USD
carved from steatite, with traces of the original glaze remaining, particularly around the inscription that reads: "Nubkaure [Amenemhat II, 12th Dynasty] beloved of Sobek of Sumenu". Sumenu was the cult center of Sobek, the crocodile god of Upper Egypt, and a little south of Luxor. Cylinder seals of 12th Dynasty kings naming them and Sobek (sometimes Sobek of Sumenu, sometimes of Shedyt) are well attested.
Background: Amenemhet II, was the grandson of Amenemhet I (founder of the 12th dynasty [1938–c. 1756 BCE]). He furthered Egypt’s trade relations and internal development. While he was coregent with his father, Sesostris I, Amenemhet led a gold-mining expedition to Nubia. Later, during his own reign, more expeditions went to Nubia and Sinai for gold and copper; a new mine shaft was opened in Sinai; and a trade venture was made to Punt (probably located on the African coast south of modern Ethiopia). Statues of Amenemhet have been found at several Syrian cities, and treasure of his reign discovered in a temple at Ṭawd, a town in Upper Egypt, contains gold and silver vessels of Cretan origin as well as cylinder seals from Mesopotamia, verifying foreign contacts. Within Egypt, the provincial governors continued to play key administrative roles, and fine tombs were provided for them near their hometowns. Amenemhet’s pyramid tomb, built at Dahshūr, south of Memphis, was patterned after his father’s, with a fine limestone casing built over mud-brick retaining walls and a rubble core. Near it was found the jewelry belonging to a daughter of Amenemhet, revealing the artistic heights of his reign.
cf: Petrie, W.M.F. "Scarabs and Cylinders with Names" London, 1917 page XIII, 12.3.9-11
Condition: Much of the original glazed surface lost, but still remains in the incision, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 7/8 inches (2.2 cm)
Provenance: Private collection of M. Hansen, Wisconsin, acquired from Susette Khayat, New York, 1955-58.
An Egyptian Gold and Jasper Ring Bezel, late 18th Dynasty, ca. 1479 - 1295 BCE
EJ2032Regular price $15,000 USD
The Egyptian name for red jasper is khenmet, to delight, linking the positive aspects of red with connotations of energy, dynamism, power, and even life itself. For the Egyptians, it was the red stone par excellence, and this cowrie shaped ring bezel of exceptional red jasper, mounted in high karat gold, is indeed a delight. The stone is softly polished to a fine sheen, the setting constructed from a strip of gold foil wrapped around the sides of the stone and folded over the edges of the bezel's base so the underside could be seen. Soldered at both ends of the terminals are ring discs of gold foil, and originally a gold wire was fed through the bezel, creating a shank for wearing and allowing the bezel to swivel. Here, a modern 18k gold shank has been constructed in keeping with ancient design.
cf: Bulsink, M., Bomhof, P. J., & Kemp, A. . (2015). Egyptian gold jewellery: With a catalogue of the collection of gold objects in the Egyptian Department of the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden, cat. 127, 128 p. 172
Andrews, C. (1996). Ancient Egyptian Jewellery. London: Published for the Trustees of the British Museum by British Museum Press. p. 163-165.
Condition: The jasper inlay and original gold bezel are intact, there is a small amount of tearing to the sheet gold but overall it is in very good condition for an object of this type and age. The 18K gold shank is modern, of typical ancient design, and in excellent condition. A modern 18K gold thread with rounded knob terminals attaches the shank to the bezel. Overall, the ring presents particularly well and can be adjusted for wearing if required.
Dimensions: US ring size 8.5 (UK: R, Germany: 18 1/2)
Bezel Provenance: J. Bowman private collection, Boston, MA., acquired in Europe between 1968 - 1972, thereafter private NYC collection.
An Egyptian Red Glazed Steatite Scarab, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
EA2065Regular price $650 USD
Naturalistically rendered, the scarab features a superbly carved head, eyes, clypeus plate, pro-thorax, wing cases, with double incised line border; the legs at the sides are all anatomical articulated with fine attention to detail. Underneath the legs are folded into a raised outline border that separated the base into two sections.
Dimensions: Length: 2.3 cm (0.90 inches)
Condition: Intact and in good condition overall.
Provenance: John Winnie private collection, Georgia, assembled in the 1980s, thereafter private NY collection.
An Egyptian Lapis Lazuli Heart Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
EA1814aRegular price $750 USD
Carved from brilliant blue lapis lazuli, a simplistic heart amulet with a flat back and undrilled loop at the top.
Dimensions: Length: 2 cm (0.78 inches)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Collection of Floyd Johnson, acquired from the 1960s - 1990s.
An Anatolian Steatite Seal, Ubaid Period, ca. 5000 - 3600 BCE
MA2003Regular price $450 USD
Of the earliest known form, carved from black steatite and incised on four sides. One large flat sides carved with a human figure holding a sword or long tool, the other with stylized vegetation motif, the two narrow sides carved with lines, a hole drilled for suspension through the last two sides. Early seals such as this example were manufactured in north Syria and south-east Anatolia during the Ubaid Period (5000-3600 BC).
Ref: Pittman, Holly. Ancient Art in Miniature: Ancient Near Eastern Seals from the Collection of Martin and Sarah Cherkasky. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art (1987)
Dominique Collon. 7000 Years of Seals. London: The Trustees of the British Museum (1997)
Dimensions: Length: 1.4 cm (0.55 inches), Width: 1.5 cm (0.59 inches)
Condition: With minor expected wear, overall intact and in very good condition.
Provenance: RDA private collection, acquired from the NY trade as part of a collection assembled in the 1970's and 1980's.
An Egyptian Faience Amulet of Khnum, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
EA2027Regular price $750 USD
The ram-headed god of fertility, who is associated with water and procreation. shown standing on an integral plinth with back pillar, striding forward, his hands fisted as his sides, and wearing a short pleated kilt, the back pierced for attachment.
Dimensions: Height: 3.4 cm (1.33 inches)
Condition: With loss to the glaze and very minor surface losses, intact and in overall good condition.
Provenance: RDA private collection, acquired from the NY trade as part of a collection assembled in the 1970's and 1980's.