A rare Egyptian Diorite Palette Grinder, Pre-Dynastic Period, ca. 3300 - 3000 BCE
EM2002Regular price $1,200 USD
It is very unusual to find these useful little tools dating to such an early time in ancient Egyptian history. The small size suggests personal use especially since there is a hand-drilled hole at the top of the domed form so the grinder could be worn and not get lost! If you look closely at this hole you can see there are wear marks from being strung using a piece of rope or leather. With its domed form and smooth sides, it fits comfortably in the hand and was clearly used often for the base is very smooth.
cf: Petrie, WMF "Naqada and Ballas" (1895), pl. LVIII
Dimensions: Height: 1 7/8 inches (4.6 cm)
Condition: With some very minor surface losses, intact and in very good condition overall. A very interesting piece!
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired from the trade in 2002. Prior provenance is lost but the remains of an antique collection label is still attached to the body.
A shipwrecked Roman Terracotta Amphora, ca. 2nd century CE
RP1909Regular price $1,200 USD
Condition: Intact and in very good condition.
Dimensions: Height: 9 inches (22.5 cm)
Provenance: Private Virginia collection, acquired in the 1980s and then by descent.
An Egyptian Pre-Dynastic Nile Clay Redware Vessel, ca. 3500 - 3200 BCE
EP2002Regular price $1,200 USD
This polished red vessel (P-class as per Petrie's classification) is closely allied and has the same surface treatment as the black-topped B-class vessels but lacks the blackened rim and interior. For a similar example cf: McKissick Museum, The First Egyptians, page 108-109.
Condition: The vessel is intact and in excellent condition overall, the burnished red surface exhibits a fine craquelure where preserved, with minor surface losses relating to erosion or soluble salt efflorescence. A fine example.
Dimensions: Height: 3 1/2 inches (8.89 cm)
Provenance: Private New York collection, acquired from the NYC trade in the early 2000s.
A Late Roman Silver Finger Ring, Late Roman Imperial Period, ca. 3rd - 5th century CE
RJ1827Regular price $1,200 USD
An ancient silver finger ring, with a black glass intaglio depicting a standing nude male figure holding a long whip.
Dimensions: US ring size: 7 1/4
Condition: With expected surface wear to the setting, intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired from Achmed Saeedi, London in the 1980s.
An Egyptian Faience Openwork Ring, 21st Dynasty, ca. 1069-945 BCE
EJ1702Regular price $1,200 USD
of green glazed faience, decorated with an openwork and relief molded design incorporating an openwork seated goddess, possibly Maat, flanked by lotus blossoms.
Dimensions: Diameter: 3/4 inch (19 mm), Height: 1/2 inch (13 mm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall. A lovely example.
Provenance: Private Dutch collection, acquired in the 1970s.
A Roman Lead Sarcophagus Panel Fragment, ca. 1st - 2nd century CE
RB1808Regular price $1,200 USD
the central decoration featuring the head of Medusa, with flowing hair and snake-like locks with two fern leaves above, a twisted rope border at the top and left of the scene.
Roman lead sarcophagi were unique to the Eastern Mediterranean, specifically Phoenicia. For similar lead sarcophagi, see p. 143-148 in McCann, Roman Sarcophagi in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Dimensions: 6 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches (15.9 x 10.9 cm)
Condition: Piece from a larger panel, in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Alex Malloy private collection, acquired in the 1980s.
An Apulian Gnathian ware Skyphos, ca. 4th century BCE
GP012-PBRegular price $1,200 USD
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall. A very fine example.
Dimensions: 3 1/2 inches (8.9 cm) x 5 3/8 inches (13.65 cm)
Provenance: Ex. Veen estate, thereafter private Virginia collection.
A Near Eastern Bronze Bowl, Middle Bronze Age II, ca. 2100 - 1550 BC
MB1802Regular price $1,200 USD
A fine footed bronze bowl, with a shallow rim and nice patina throughout.
Dimensions: Height: 1 3/8 inches (3.49 cm) Diameter: 5 7/8 inch (14.9 cm)
Condition: Despite small repair, intact and in good condition overall.
Provenance: Ex. private collection of D. Simon, acquired from Jerusalem gallery in 1975.
A Pair of Etruscan Bronze Situla Handles, ca. 4th century BCE
GB1801Regular price $1,200 USD
Composed of two arching bails rectangular in section, each of the fluted ends folded back and terminating in a bud-shaped finial.
Dimensions: Length: 8 inches (20.5 cm), Mounted Height: 7 inches (17.78 cm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall
Provenance: Private collection of Alex Malloy, acquired in the 1970's.
A Scythian Gold Pendant, ca. 3rd Century BCE
MJ1701Regular price $1,200 USD
Of high carat gold, with semi-circular arms centrally set with a light emerald, a socket to either side one with original pearl still inset, and decorated with a stamped circular motif that terminates with stylized animal heads, a gold teardrop gold pendant below. The pendant is beautifully presented on a modern 18K yellow gold chain that can be adjusted.
Scythian art is composed primarily of decorative objects, such as jewelry, produced by the nomadic tribes that made up the area known as Scythia, which was centered on the Pontic-Caspian steppe and ranged from modern Kazakhstan to the Baltic coast of modern Poland and Georgia. Characteristic Scythian art was produced from the 7th-3rd centuries BC and early art depicted highly stylized animals, either in combat or alone. Once Scythian and Greek cultures came into contact, they influenced each other tremendously, especially in goldsmithing.
Dimensions: pendant length: 1 3/8 inches (3.49 cm), mounted for wearing on a modern 18K gold chain that can adjust up to 18" (45 cm).
Condition: Denting to the teardrop, some minor losses to the animal heads, one pearl lost otherwise intact, and restrung on an adjustable 18K gold chain.
Provenance: Private Boston collection, acquired in the 1970s.
An Egyptian steatite design scarab, Hyksos Period, ca 1600 BCE
EA151ARegular price $1,200 USD
pierced longitudinally for mounting or threading, the middle of this scarab displays a short, non-sensical inscription. It is enclosed by a continuous interlocked spiral scroll element that is very precise and crisply incised, the whole layout being very well organized and symmetrically arranged. The trapezoidal head is flanked by rectangular eyes; the side plates are irregular trapezoidal, and the clypeus (front plate) has frontal serrations, and a central base notch. The raised, slender extremities have natural form and vertical hatch lines for the tibial teeth and pilosity (hair). The scarab functioned as an amulet to secure divine support and renewal for the private owner.
Condition: the scarab is intact and in very good condition overall, with museum quality custom mount.
Dimensions: height: 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Provenance: Private NYC collection, ex. CT collection, ex. John N. Winnie, Jr. collection, Georgia, 1980’s-90’s.
A Red-Figure Xenonware Squat Lekythos with Duck, Magna Graecia, ca. 4th century BCE
GP1409Regular price $1,200 USD
a miniature black glazed squat Lekythos, with an applied loop handle and funnel tip mouth, an exaggerated bulbous lower half sitting atop of a torus ring foot. The center depicting a standing duck with beautiful detail to the beak, eyes, and feathers. Decorative elements of palmettes proportionately flank either side of the animal along with some fine geometric shapes.
Condition: some restoration work to the handle, with some minor chipping at the base. Otherwise intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 2.25 inches (5.71 cm), Diameter: 1.5 inches (3.81 cm)
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired Ariadne Gallery, NYC with gallery label on base #261.
A pair of Thracian bronze coins (ca. 400 - 380 BCE) set in silver earrings
GJ1809Regular price $1,200 USD
Thrace, Maroneia mint. The obverse depicting a prancing horse with a monogram below, reverse depicting legend around square frame enclosing a grapevine. Set in silver drop earrings.
Bordering the Aegean Sea on the northern coast of Greece, Maroneia was an ancient city in the province of Thrace, bordered by Macedonia to the west, the Aegean Sea to the south, and the Black Sea to the east. Maroneia was famous for its renowned wine and exported it throughout the ancient world along with other goods such as minerals, crops, gold, and silver.
The prancing horses featured on many coins from Thrace reflect the importance of horse breeding to the area. These bronze coins were amongst the earliest minted in the Greek Empire and were used as prominent currency until Phillip II of Macedonia conquered Thrace.
Dimensions: Height: 1 inch (2.54 cm), Weight: 5.5 g
Condition: Intact and in good condition overall.
Provenance: Ex. private collection of S.H., Washington state, acquired in the early 2000's.
A Greek Terracotta Squat Net Lekythos, Apulia, ca. 3rd century BCE
GP1809Regular price $1,200 USD
Constructed from fine red clay, featuring a disk foot, the ovoid body rising to a slender neck and splayed mouth. A single, elegant strap handle is attached below the shoulder and at the neck. The painted decoration consists of a horizontal band below the shoulder and at the foot. The surface of the body is filled with a wide, diagonal lattice pattern with white dots appearing at the intersections. The upper part of the neck is painted solid and vertical stripes extend down to the base of the neck.
For similar examples see: Heisserer, AJ "Classical Antiquities", (1980) no. 101 page 62 and Robinson DM & Harcum CG, "A Catalogue of the Greek Vases in the Royal Ontario Museum" (1930) nos. 511-515 pp. 243-44 pl. LXXXVIII.
Condition: Small cracks to the neck and very minor chips to the body, intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 8cm (3 1/8”)
Provenance: estate of Dr. Richard Vadaszy (1945 - 2000), New Jersey, acquired in the 1980's
Lucania, Metapontum AR Stater, Classical Period, ca. 480 - 400 BCE
CG2003Regular price $1,000 USD
Obv. Laureate head of Zeus facing right
Rev. Ear of barley with leaf.
SNG. ANS. 413
Condition: Very fine
Provenance: RDA private collection, acquired from Pegasi Coins, Ann Arbor MI, in the 1970's - 1980's.
A large Near Eastern Terracotta Vessel, Achaemenid Period, ca. 550 -330 BCE
MP1305Regular price $950 USD
a vibrant burnished red-orange globular bowl with wide neck and flared shallow rim, the vessel sits atop a flat base and curves upward, areas of the body are blackened from firing.
For similar examples, see Kawami, "Ancient Iranian Ceramics from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections," #46
Condition: Minor mineral deposits throughout the porous ceramic, some small chips to the body that do not detract, vessel is otherwise intact and in excellent condition overall. A lovely example.
Dimensions: Height: 21.5 cm (8.5 inches), Diameter at widest area: 24.5 cm (9.64 inches)
Provenance: Private collection of a diplomat, Washington, D.C. acquired in the 1960's.
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.
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