A rare Egyptian Blue Glazed Faience Statue of a Cat, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664 - 525 BCE
EF2103Regular price $12,000 USD
This elegantly rendered and well-preserved seated cat is made of blue glazed faience, a material frequently employed for small amulets, scarabs, and scaraboids. Almost certainly, it represents a temple cat, sacred to the goddess Bastet, the creature goddess of Bubastis, home of the Twenty-second Dynasty. Amulets such as this could be worn not only in life, to bestow the goddess's protection, but also in death; a similar example was discovered within the wrappings of the High Priest of Ptah, Prince Sheshonq, son of Osorkon II, at Memphis in 1942. On an integral base with a ribbed suspension ring.
Condition: Tips of ears restored, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall. A rare and wonderful piece.
Dimensions: Height: 2 1/2 inches (6.3 cm)
Provenance: Ex-French collection, NY private collection, Christie's, London, 11 Jun 1997 Lot 56.
Published: Royal Athena, Art of the Ancients, XXIII 2012, No. 218.
A Narino Pod-Shaped Hardstone Whistle, ca. 500 - 1000 CE
PM2101Regular price $1,500 USD
Carefully hand-carved from warm tan hardstone in the typical Narino style, the upper half depicts a human head with distinctly carved eyes, nose, and mouth, with two monkeys clinging to the head and back. The lower half, shaped into a pod that tapers to a point, has several circles incised into the stone. Three small holes and one large hole that serves as a mouthpiece are carved into the lower portion to create a whistle.
Dimensions: Height: 6.5 cm (2 5/8 inches)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. Custom mounted.
Provenance: Private Canadian collection, acquired from the New York trade in 2009.
Rare Bronze Horse Head from the Biblical Land of Sheba, ca. 2nd century BCE - 1st century CE
MB2101Regular price $3,950 USD
from the biblical land of Sheba, a rare cast bronze South Arabian horse protome or dagger handle. The distinctive head with engraved mane and inlaid eyes beneath heavy ribbed brows, the braided harness with blinders behind the eyes, two holes for attachment at the base of the neck.
Originating on the Arabian Peninsula, the fine Arabian horse is one of the most easily recognizable horse breeds in the world. It is also one of the oldest, with archaeological depictions dating back 4,200 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade, used to improve other breeds by adding speed, refinement, endurance, and strong bones. Today, Arabian bloodlines are found in almost every modern breed of riding horse.
Legend has it that the Queen of Sheba presented King Solomon with a mare named Safanad, meaning “the pure”. Safanad is believed to be the founding mother of all Arabian horses, the oldest of all horse breeds. According to myth, Safanad was created from the four winds. The animal was endowed with spirit from the North, strength from the South, speed from the East, and intelligence from the West.
Published: Sotheby's, New York, June 12, 2001, lot 298
Condition: Scattered areas of deep green surface patina on a red-bronze oxide ground. Missing one ear but otherwise in very good condition. Custom mounted. A rare and exciting example for any horse lover.
Dimensions: Height: 4 1/2 inches (11.5 cm)
Provenance: Deaccessioned from the Santa Barbara Museum, CA, 2001 thereafter a private Florida collection.
A Sinu Tumbaga Double-Tailed Lizard Pendant, Colombia, ca. 500 - 1000 CE
PJ2109Regular price $550 USD
in the form of double curly-tailed lizards in a recumbent pose with their triangular heads facing forward, bulging eyes on either side, front claws extended into suspension loops, and thick tails curled back towards the heads.
The curly-tailed animal pendant represents a type found from eastern Panama to the coastal regions of the Zenú and Tairona cultures of northern Colombia.
Dimensions: Length: 1 inch (2.5 cm), Width: 7/8 inch (2.2 cm)
Condition: Loss to one suspension loop, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired 1950s-1980s, collection # “FM 687 & 691”.
A Roman Bronze Head of a Bull, ca. 1st - 2nd century CE
RB2112Regular price $3,500 USD
Representations of bulls are perhaps one of the most popular types of animal figurines within the Roman world. Apart from the common thread of bull imagery in the ancient realm, with its fertility symbolism, bull representations may have been considered appropriate because the animal itself was the quintessential animal of sacrifice. Another possibility is that the bulls were considered appropriate for specific cults, for instance, those of Dionysus or Jupiter.
Published: Christie's, NY, Antiquities Auction, 5th December 2001, lot #633
Condition: Tips to the horns missing that do not detract, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall. A very nice example, offered on a museum-quality custom mount.
Dimensions: Height: 2 1/2 inches (6.3 cm)
Provenance: Property of a European Gentleman, thereafter a Maryland private collection, acquired from the NY trade in 2003.
A good Narino Terracotta Ocarina, ca. 500 - 1000 CE
PT2103Regular price $650 USD
an early flute of stylized shell form, the body, with highly burnished cream-slip finish is decorated with two facing jaguars in red/brown polychrome.
Once dismissed as mere toys or playthings, modern x-ray technology revealed hidden chambers that allowed for the creation of up to 17 different notes in some cases as well as musically advanced scales. Far from being toys, the ocarinas of antiquity are marvels of design and musical knowledge. It is now believed ocarinas were played in sacred ceremonies to induce healing, trance, and invoke different deities and are still used today by many of the surviving indigenous cultures.
Condition: Some minor loss of polychrome that does not detract but is otherwise intact and in very good condition overall. A lovely example.
Dimensions: Length: 5 3/4 inches (14.5 cm)
Provenance: Private Delaware collection.
An Egyptian bronze Oxyrhynchus Fish, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
EB2102Regular price $8,500 USD
The oxyrhynchus was also associated with the goddess Hathor and was frequently portrayed wearing her characteristic crown, as in this instance. During the Late period, there was a proliferation of small bronze images of deities presented as votive offerings in temples. The image often included a representation of the donor, as here, as additional proof of devotion. This fish was particularly sacred in the town of the same name, Oxyrhynchus (modern el-Behnasa), as well as at el-Omari, the site of a necropolis for mummified fish. It is possible that this figure was dedicated to such a cult center.
Condition: Partial loss of the horned sun disk headdress, small loss to the lower reattached back fin but otherwise intact, with excellent incised details to the body and dorsal fin. A fine example.
Dimensions: Length: 6.3 inches (16 cm)
Provenance: Private French collection of Dr. FH, acquired in the 1970s.
A Near Eastern Carnelian Lion Amulet, Proto-Elamite period, ca. 3100 - 2700 BCE
MA2004Regular price $7,500 USD
This charming image takes full advantage of the color variations from fine two-toned carnelian. The beast is rendered in relief, its turned head with round cheeks flanking a wedge-shaped nose, is sculpted fully in the round. The white head contrasts beautifully with the recumbent orange body. Such relief sculpture is unusual for Central Asia: the only other published examples are a fragment of a steatite plaque from Margiana with a low-relief image of a recumbent bull and a few small fragments of floral and figural decoration for a "mosaic" found at Dashli Tepe.
For a related example see: Pittman, Holly. (1984). Art of the Bronze Age: southeastern Iran, western Central Asia, and the Indus Valley. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 51 #23
Dimensions: Length: 3 cm (1.18 inches), Width: 2.6 cm (1.02 inches)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition. A rare and truly charming example.
Provenance: Alex Malloy collection, acquired in the 1980s.
An Egyptian Faience Cat Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
EA2107Regular price $395 USD
this miniature amulet of deep green faience is a necklace element that originally would have been part of a broad collar necklace. It shows an upright seated cat with alert ears on a small base with a suspension loop at the back of the head.
This amulet is a depiction of Bastet, an Egyptian goddess, daughter of the sun-god Re. In ancient Egypt she was initially depicted in the form of a lioness, but was eventually modified into a cat. In this form she was worshipped as a goddess of fecundity. Faience cat amulets first appear in the late Old Kingdom, and were intended to endow the wearer with fertility.
Reference: Carol Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt. British Museum Press, Bath, 1994. Page 32 – 33
Condition: Intact and excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: Length: 1.5 cm (0.59 inches)
Provenance: Ex Dr Joseph Touma, Virginia, acquired from Christie's in 1993.
A Nayarit Hardstone Horned Toad Pendant, ca. 300 BCE - 200 CE
PA2102Regular price $2,000 USD
superbly detailed amulet of a long-horned toad, carved from lustrous white limestone with incised detail to face and arms, and raised scales on the back. Frogs and toads were associated with rain and the sustenance that it brought about. The ancients of Mesoamerica interpreted their croaking as a sign of coming rainstorms. As "rainmakers" or rain heralds, these animals were symbols of fertility and rich abundance. Moreover, the life cycle of a toad from egg to fish to a four-legged animal was a dramatic metamorphosis that the ancients interpreted as a reenactment of the transformations undergone by shamans under the influence of hallucinogenic substances during ritualistic ceremonies. Pierced for suspension on the tail, and under the throat, Dr Heflin catalog details in black pigment on the underside.
Condition: Some surface wear that does not detract, overall intact with excellent patina.
Dimensions: Length: 6 cm (2.36 inches)
Provenance: Ex. Dr Allen Heflin Collection, assembled in the 1950's - 1960's, thereafter Lorenzo Gordon Fritz Collection. Dr. Heflin's collection number '12787/421/Nayarit' written in black ink on the base.
Dr. Heflin worked in Mexico as an archaeologist from 1946 - 1970.
An Egyptian Limestone Dummy Canopic Jar of Hapi, ca. 712–664 BCE
ES2105Regular price $25,000 USD
A set of four canopic jars was an important element of the burial in most periods of Ancient Egyptian history. Canopic jars were containers in which the separately mummified organs would be placed. The best known versions of these jars have lids in the shape of the heads of protective deities called the four Sons of Horus. Hapi, the baboon, protected the lungs and was associated with the goddess Nephthys. Duamutef, the jackal, protected the stomach and was associated with Neith. Imsety, with a human face, guarded the Liver and was associated with Isis, and Qubehsenuef, represented as a falcon, presided over the intestines and was associated with Selkis.
This finely carved dummy jar has no interior cavity and the "lid" is not removable. It dates to a period during which the internal organs were mummified and then placed back into the mummy, but canopic jars continued to be included as part of the burial equipment in order to ensure the protection of the four Sons of Horus.
Dimensions: Height: 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Private Florida collection, acquired from Albert Tawdros, Luxor, Egypt in 1977. Original Tawdros card accompanies this object.