A Near Eastern silver Goat Pin, ca. 200 BCE - 200 CE
MJ1421Regular price $4,000 USD
A fine silver pin with beautifully cast finial in the form of a goats forebody with long horns and prancing forelegs.
Dimensions: Length: 3 3/4 inches (7.62 cm)
Condition: Overall blackish surface patina with scattered light surface patina. Intact and in very good condition overall. Custom mounted on black lucite base.
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired from Henry Anavian, 1990s.
An important Phoenician Inscribed Limestone Plaque, ca. 1200 - 300 BCE
MS1801Regular price $4,000 USD
This rare and extraordinary small plaque, carved from pale pink limestone is of thick rectangular form. On the front, lightly carved in raised relief is the standing figure of a Phoenician male deity, probably the god Baal, brandishing a thunderbolt in his right hand. The reverse is incised with three lines of Phoenician script.
Background: Descendants of the original Canaanites, the Phoenicians worshipped the same god Baal who was considered one of the most important gods in the pantheon. Known as Baal Shamen, Lord of the Heavens, he was the archetypal god of both fertility and the thunderstorm, as well as a mighty warrior, sometimes a sun god and the protector of crops and livestock.
Dimensions: Height: 6.8 cm (2.67 inches), Width: 3.2 cm (1.26 inches), Depth: 2.2 cm (0.86 inches)
Condition: A few minor chips to the edges and small loss to the bottom right area of the figure, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Alex Malloy collection, acquired in the 1970s.
A Roman Bronze Aryballos, ca. 1st - 2nd century CE
RB2102Regular price $3,950 USD
An ancient container used for storing oil and precious perfumes, the aryballos used by the Greeks and Romans for their personal hygiene after exercising and in the Roman baths. Commonly used by ancient Greek athletes, they can often be seen in ancient Greek art, where they are sometimes shown hanging from pegs on a wall or suspended from straps tied around the athlete's wrist, as part of the athlete's "kit" of sponge, strigil and aryballos. A very popular shape in the ancient Greek period (the first examples appear in the 7th century B.C.), the aryballos was carried suspended from a string: and while most of the preserved examples are of terracotta, they less often exist in glass and bronze. This wonderful example has a globular body with a small stepped foot, a rounded rim on a softly sloped shoulder, with two looped handle attachments of triangular form to accommodate an arched, twisted handle with duck head terminals. The original flat lid is connected to the handle by a link chain.
Dimensions: Height with handle: 4 inches (10.2 cm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Private Maryland collection, acquired from Ancient World Arts, Ltd, CT in July, 2000.
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.
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.
A Royal Egyptian Faience Floral Rosette, New Kingdom, ca. 1295 - 1190 BCE
EF1703Regular price $3,950 USD
Rosettes, such as this lovely example, have a long history in Egyptian decorative architecture and were popular at most palace sites. Constructed entirely of faience, its distinctive eight white petals depict a flowering daisy, that contrasts wonderfully against a pale grey background. Originally, a gold nail was inserted through the central hole to secure it to a palace wall, thus forming decorative borders and ornamental bands. These rosettes give us a vivid idea of Egyptian palace décor, and what it might have been like to walk those corridors more than three thousand years ago.
cf. F. Dunn Friedman (ed.), Gifts of the Nile. Ancient Egyptian Faience, (Providence 1998), pp.87 & 197, nos. 55-56.
Dimensions: Diameter: 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Condition: Multiple restorations, most recent 2017.
Provenance: The John J. Slocum private Collection of Ancient Art: John Slocum (1914-1997) collected most of his antiquities while serving as US cultural attaché to Egypt in the 1960s. Later, he served as Assistant to the Director of The Smithsonian, was appointed by President Reagan to the Presidential Cultural Property Advisory Committee, and was a Trustee Emeritus of the Archaeological Institute of America. He was a well-respected scholar/collector, whose medieval crusader coins were sold in a single-owner sale at Sotheby’s, London in 1997.
A large Egyptian Faience Wedjet Eye, 26th Dynasty, ca. 664 525 BCE
EA2115Regular price $3,750 USD
This large striking amulet of bright blue faience depicts a highly detailed wedjat eye. Convex in form, careful attention has been paid to the rendering of the cosmetic lines, especially the cross-hatch extension. The back of the amulet is flat and undecorated and is pierced horizontally for attachment.
Wadjet eye amulets were among the most popular amulets of ancient Egypt. The Wadjet eye represents the healed eye of the god Horus and embodies healing power as well as regeneration and protection in general. It was thought to help the dead pass safely into the afterlife, and wedjat eye amulets were commonly placed within mummy wrappings to help the deceased. In one myth, Horus uses the power of his healed eye (repaired by the god of wisdom, Thoth) to revive his deceased father, the lord of the netherworld, Osiris, and therefore came to symbolize the general process of "making whole" and healing.
Andrews, Carol, 1994. Amulets of Ancient Egypt. Austin: University of Texas. 43-4.
Bianchi, R., 1998. “Symbols and Meanings.” In Gifts of the Nile: Ancient Egyptian Faience, edited by Florence Dunn Friedman. Cleveland: Thames and Hudson. 22-31.
Petrie, William Flinders, 1914. Amulets: Illustrated by the Egyptian Collection In University College, London. London: Constable & Company, Ltd. 32-4.
Pinch, Geraldine, 1994. Magic in Ancient Egypt. Texas: University of Texas. 104-119.
Condition: Very minor chip to proper left upper corner, otherwise excellent condition.
Dimensions: Height: 1 1/2 Inches (3.5 cm)
Provenance: Private Virginia collection, acquired Royal Athena Gallery, NYC, August 2014, JME private collection, NY, acquired Bonhams, London, Dec 1993.
A Roman Amethyst Bead Necklace, ca. 1st - 2nd century CE
RJ2013Regular price $3,750 USD
Background: The name of this exquisite purple quartz crystal comes from the Greek word "amethystos" which literally translates as “remedy against drunkenness”. In antiquity, this stone was believed to keep the wearer sober no matter how much wine he might consume. All the great ancient civilizations valued the gem; it was particularly popular in Egypt for scarabs and in Greece and Rome for intaglio rings. Because of its wine-dark color and its use to prevent intoxication, many were carved with the head of the wine-god Dionysus. The oldest known stone in the Crown Jewels of England is an amethyst first worn in the 11th century by Edward the Confessor. Even today, the rings of high-ranking ecclesiastics often have amethysts as their center stones. Many wonderful and therapeutic properties are ascribed to the gem: it can cure gout, it cleanses the body of impurities, it keeps the mind clear and alert and improves the memory, it gives the wearer pleasant dreams and keeps them immune from infection and contagious diseases.
Condition: Each bead is a little irregular, as is to be expected from the hand-polishing process used in their fabrication. There are expected signs of wear around the stringing holes that is not excessive and does not detract. Overall they are intact and in very good condition. The necklace has been restrung with a modern gold S hook closure in keeping with ancient design.
Dimensions: Length: 20 inches (51.30 cm)
Provenance: Private NY collection, acquired from Sumer Gallery, NYC., in the 1980s.
A Verugaus/Chiriquí Tumbaga Figure Pendant, ca. 800 - 1500 CE
PJ2002Regular price $3,500 USD
In a presentation pose, holding two identical staffs out to his sides, with flattened arms squared off at the shoulders, feet protruding from the rounded torso and a flared triangular tail, the two latter elements usually seen on bird pendants; the face with a protruding jaw, pointed nose, and deep eye sockets with coffee-bean shaped eyes, wearing a headdress with paired spirals on either side. A suspension loop attached to the back of the head is threaded to a superb necklace of the finest handmade graduated faceted rondelle rubies ranging from 3-4mm that are accented with ancient hand rolled gold tube beads.
Dimensions: Pendant height: 1 3/8 inch (3.5 cm), Width: 1 1/4 inches (3.17 cm). Necklace length: 21 1/2 inches (54.6 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Collection of Joel Lloyd, NYC., acquired during the 1940s-1950s, then by descent to daughter.
A Roman Gold and Agate Finger Ring, ca. 2nd century CE
RJ2012Regular price $3,500 USD
a high karat gold hollow ring, the high bezel set with an agate intaglio with white inclusions that depicts the fertility god Priapus, shown in profile, with erect phallus and holding a long staff.
In Greek mythology, Priapus was a fertility god, protector of livestock, fruit plants, gardens, and male genitalia. Priapus is marked by his oversized, permanent erection, which gave rise to the medical term priapism. He became a popular figure in Roman erotic art and Latin literature and is the subject of the often humorously obscene collection of verse called the Priapeia.
For ring style comparison: Patricia F. Davidson, Andrew Oliver, Jr.; "Ancient Greek and Roman gold jewelry in the Brooklyn Museum" (Brooklyn, 1984)
Dimensions: US ring size: 6 1/2
Condition: There is a small chip to the lower edge of the intaglio that does not detract, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Private Texas collection, acquired from the Montreal, Canada trade in the mid-1980s.
An Egyptian Wood Clapper, ex MMA, Late Middle Kingdom – Early New Kingdom, ca. 1802–1450 BCE
EW1908Regular price $3,500 USD
Ancient Egyptian clappers, of ivory, bone, or wood, usually in pairs, are common in tombs of the Eleventh and Twelfth Dynasties at Thebes and el Lisht. They may have been placed in the tombs as an amuletic or a purely mechanical means of exorcising evil spirits, which are notoriously averse to noise and noisemakers. Such clappers, however, were also used by living Egyptians to accompany and beat out the time for their dances, especially temple dances, and for related rites performed in honor of the goddess Hathor and other deities. Having seen the same function performed by the hands of the dancers, clapped together in unison it is not surprising to find the clappers are carved in the stylized form of human hands and forearms and decorated with bracelets about wrists or arms as found in this stylized example.
cf: Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 247.
Dimensions: Length: 10 inches (25.4 cm)
Condition: Intact with some minor deterioration to the wood as is to be expected but overall in very good condition, particularly the black pigment decoration.
Provenance: Excavated at Lisht north cemetery, deposit south of so-called "faience factory", MMA excavations by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1922. MMA accession #22.197:A and excavation #197-A.
An Egyptian Mosaic Glass Floral Inlay, ca. 1st century BCE/CE
EG1801Regular price $3,500 USD
The peak of mosaic glass development came with the turn of the millennium, from about the first century B.C. to the following century. During this time, the brilliance of the Egyptian glassmakers is evident, producing works of great complexity and beauty, of which this mosaic roundel is undoubtedly one.
Condition: Some expected minor pitting to the surface that does not detract, the roundel is intact and in excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: Diameter: 3/8 inch (0.95 cm)
Provenance: Alex Malloy collection, acquired in the 1970's
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 East Greek Gold and Amethyst Pendant, Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd - 1st century BCE
GJ2009Regular price $3,000 USD
In ancient times, stone beads were time-consuming to make, expensive, and available only to the wealthy. They were considered so attractive that craftsmen were eventually inspired to create imitation beads from glass as a less expensive fashionable alternative.
Condition: Damage to the right bead cap with some loss to one side, very small chip to the amethyst bead that does not detract. Overall in very good condition.
Dimensions: Length: 1 1/8 inch (2.09 cm)
Provenance: Private NY collection, acquired from Sumer Gallery, NYC, in the 1980s.
A Roman Garnet Ringstone Intaglio, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st - 2nd century CE
RJ1715Regular price $3,000 USD
The oval intaglio engraved with a two-horse chariot in profile to the left, the chariot with spoked wheel, the charioteer (perhaps Helios) with cloak flying, holding the reins of the spirited galloping horses in one hand and urging them on with a whip in the other, groundline indicated, the intaglio set in an antique high karat gold setting in the Etruscan style. A very pretty example.
cf: Ruseva-Slokoska, L. Roman Jewellery, Sofia, 1991, item 201, Type II, variant 4.
Dimensions: Width: 5/8 inch (1.6 cm), US ring size: 3 1/4 - can be resized
Condition: Set in a modern high karat ring, the intaglio in excellent condition.
Provenance: Private NY collection, acquired in the 1990s.
A fine pair of Greek Antelope Earrings, Hellenistic Period, ca. 3rd - 1st century BCE
GJ910Regular price $3,000 USD
Consisting of a circlet of gold wire, that tapers from an animal's head at the front end to a hooked point which passes through a loop below the animal's throat, the head intricately detailed and the loop textured with twisted wire.
Dimensions: Length: 2 cm (0.78 inches)
Condition: Delicate condition, eye inlays now missing, overall in very good condition.
Provenance: Vernon Pick (1903 - 1986) private collection assembled in Switzerland in the late 1950's and then by descent to Pick's nephew, Mr. Jim Hanson, Minnesota. Vernon Pick, a middle-aged electrician from Minnesota, turned uranium prospecting into a multimillion dollar proposition. After nine months of fruitless prospecting, Pick discovered uranium 75 miles southwest of Green River, in Emery County in Utah on June 21, 1952. He staked several claims and called them the Delta mines. In Utah, he proved up 300,000 tons of ore that Time magazine called “one of the richest finds in the Colorado Plateau.”. Two years later Pick sold his mine to international financier Floyd Odlum for $9 million and a custom-converted PBY airplane. Odlum renamed the mine the Hidden Splendor, but soon after his purchase the highly touted vein pinched out. Local wags then dubbed the mine "Odlum's Hidden Blunder."
A Maya Turquoise Lord-King Pendant, Classical Period, ca. 550 - 950 CE
PA2101Regular price $2,950 USD
Carved in low relief from veined turquoise, the pendant depicting the portrait head of a lord-king wearing a large elaborate headdress above a scowling face with glaring eyes, a wide, nose, pursed lips, and full cheeks, wearing a pair of ear spools, the back uncarved, a hole drilled bilaterally through the headdress for suspension.
Greenstone pendants of all types were worn vertically in some fashion, whether as a pectoral or in a diadem. This example was most likely worn as a necklace due to the horizontal drill hole that would have allowed it to be strung and hung around the neck as well as the uncarved back of the pendant.
Ref: Stone-Miller, Rebecca, Seeing with New Eyes, Atlanta: Emory University (2002), p. 30.
Doyle, James. “Ancient Maya Sculpture.” In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–.
Dimensions: Height: 2 1/2 inches (6.4 cm)
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall
Provenance: Ex. collection of Ian Arundel, Los Angeles CA, assembled between 1960 - 1970, thereafter in the collection of R. Jerry Bock, Hawaii.
A large Roman Silver Eye Agate Ring, ca. 3rd century CE
RJ2120Regular price $2,950 USD
For related example see; A. B. Chadour, "Rings; The Alice and Louis Koch Collection, Forty Centuries seen by Four Generations," Volume I, (Leeds 1994), item 345 for type.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall. A very fine and impressive example.
Dimensions: US ring size: 7, JP=15, UK=O
Provenance: Murray Collection, Chiswick, London UK, assembled in the 1990s, thereafter private Canadian collection, acquired in 2019.
A Hellenistic Gold and Garnet Pendant, ca. 2nd century BCE
GJ907Regular price $2,950 USD
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Length: 0.86 inches (2.2 cm). Now mounted on a modern 20-inch chain necklace of 14K gold.
Provenance: Vernon Pick (1903 - 1986) private collection assembled in Switzerland in the late 1950s and then by descent to Pick's nephew, J. Hanson, Minnesota.