An early Granite Amulet Head of a Ram, Anatolian, ca. 3000 BCE
MA1314Regular price $950 USD
finely polished, the amulet in the shape of a ram's head with long curled horns, elongated face, the pierced attachment hole cleverly mark the eyes.
Condition: Small tip of right horn worn/missing otherwise intact and in very good condition overall. A truly charming piece. Shipped with our magnetic suspension box for protection and display.
Dimensions: height: 1.4 cm (.55 inches), width: 4 cm (1.57 inches)
Provenance: Forming part of the James Stephan Snr. collection, assembled in the late 1960's and then by descent. Dr. Stephan was a US intelligence officer who also held a degree in archaeology. He was posted in the Anatolian region of Turkey with the US government during this time, and acquired his collection from dealers and villagers throughout the region.
A Sasanian Chalcedony Dome Seal with Donkey & Palm Leaf, ca 1st century CE
MJ1308Regular price $3,500 USD
22K modern setting in ancient Roman style with gold covering a hollow core, incised with deliberate and expressive strokes that take the form of a donkey and palm frond.
"The special value of Sasanian seals lie in thier wide, free range of imagery. A man or woman's seal is a personal statement, even if the selection of a motif was conditioned by custom or caste restrictions. A person's portrait or name of his own (or his master's) symbolic device was an evident assertion of identity; and one's selection of another emblem, such as an animal in one of the well-defined heraldic poses, was no less so, even if it was widely shared." Thus, in this instance, the original owner of this seal identified with a donkey.
Reference: Brunner, Christoper J., Sasanian Stamp Seals in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, NY. 1978, pg. 9
Dimensions: US ring size: 10.25, UK: U Please note: this ring cannot be resized.
Provenance: Private Maryland collection, acquired in the 1970's.
An Egyptian Faience Winged Scarab, Late Period ca. 664-332 BCE
EF822Regular price $1,500 USD
Of naturalistic style the composite piece of three parts to form a winged scarab beetle; assembled via three holes in each wing and six holes in central beetle component for attachment to mummy wrappings. The central beetle, with traces of the original green glaze, has incised detailing on all parts; lower faces flat and undetailed, all three parts show traces in varying degrees of a cloth weave pattern to the underside.
Dimensions: Length (from wingtip to wingtip): 13.5 cm (5 6/8 in), Height: 1.6 cm (6/8 in)
Condition: Losses to the head of the scarab, with mummification deposits remaining and glaze heavily worn, left wing intact, right wing rejoined; both attached to the body with later green thread.
Provenance: ex. Philip Mitry, acquired in the early 1970's, thereafter in the private collection of Dr. B. Harer, Washington.
An Egyptian Amulet of a Priest, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550 - 1069 BCE
EA613Regular price $950 USD
very finely rendered pale green glazed faience, depicting a priest standing on an integral plinth, his right arm by his side, his left bent and leaning on a short wall.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall with no chips, cracks or breaks. A very fine example.
Dimensions: Height: 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Provenance: Private New York collection.
A Byzantine Seal Blank, ca. 10th - 11th Century CE
RB902Regular price $150 USD
In order to produce a lead seal, one first had to obtain a blank lead disk with a channel running through it such as this example. Such disks, either completely flat or with a raised central channel, were produced by casting. Slate molds for their production have been found in the excavations at Corinth; each shows a deep groove meant to receive a wire which, when removed from the casting, would leave the necessary channel. Of course, proper alignment of the two halves of the mold was important, and in order to ensure it, molds have small depressions – and corresponding mounds – near their edges. But occasionally the fit was not perfect and there are seals with an overlap or projection of metal halfway between their two surfaces. The diameter of blanks varied considerably from under one centimeter to almost eight centimeters for especially large seals; the most common formats range between 1.5 and 4.5 cm. One may imagine that in larger cities – particularly Constantinople – lead blanks of all sizes were available, but in more remote localities it is clear that only some sizes were cast, for seals of provincial officials survive that were consistently struck on undersized blanks. (Oikonomides, Nicolas “Byzantine Lead Seals” Dumbarton Oaks 1985, page 5, #4a-c.).
Condition: Intact in good condition overall.
PLEASE NOTE: THE WHITE COATING ON EARLY LEAD SEALS IS LEAD OXIDE AND VERY TOXIC IF INGESTED. LEAD SEALS MUST BE HANDLED WITH CARE AND SHOULD NEVER BE HANDLED BY CHILDREN UNLESS UNDER SUPERVISION.
Dimensions: Width: 1 cm (1/2 inch)
Provenance: Private California collection, ex Malter galleries.