An Exhibited Greek Daunian Terracotta Owl Kyathos, ca. 4th Century BCE
GP005-PBRegular price $1,500 USD
Daunian society was a mixture of native Italians and Greeks who had settled in the area. As early as the 6th century BC, Daunia was an extremely wealthy region as is evidenced by the rich grave goods from the urban centers of Canosa, Arpi, and Salapia among others. The shapes of the vessels remained strongly influenced by the Italians -- this one, for example, is a form of the Greek kyathos, or dipper, with a flat, long, looping handle, but the wideness of the strap is purely Daunian. The owl-face motif at the top, however, recalls Greek influence - owls were a common design motif and were symbols Athena (and also associated with Athens); here they are perhaps imitating Attic art or maybe just invoking a penchant for the goddess. Many Daunian vessels, like this one, were ornamented with bands of geometric decoration called listati. This particular example has squared-off and banded linear designs in black and red over a cream background. A distinctive and unique vessel.
Dimensions: Diameter: 7 1/2 inches (19 cm), Height: 4 1/2 inches (11.43 cm)
Condition: Handle rejoined, with light surface scratching and slight wear to paint otherwise complete and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Ex-Swiss collection acquired between 1950 - 1960
Exhibited: University of Zurich, thereafter private Virginia collection.
An Illyrian Bronze Belt, Archaic Period, 6th century BCE
GB001-PBRegular price $7,500 USD
Comprising individual rectangular fittings each cast with alternating raised circular bosses, rectangular terminals and a triangular clasp. Originally attached to leather belt.
Condition: All elements of the belt have been restrung on nylon thread, otherwise intact and in original condition. Museum quality custom mount.
Dimensions: Length: 94 cm (37 inches), width: 6 cm (2.36 cm)
Provenance: previously forming part of the private collection of G.K., Shaftlarn, Germany, acquired in the 1990s.
Bruttium Terina, AR Triobol, c. 400 - 365 BCE
CG2002Regular price $750 USD
Obv: Nymph Terina left; Rev: Nike seated on a cippus left.
Dimensions: 1.09 g
Condition: Extra fine
Provenance: James Corones private collection, Maryland, acquired Kirk Davis, Classical Numismatics, Claremont CA.
Coins of Olympia (Elis), AR Stater, ca. 408 BCE
CG011Regular price $12,000 USD
A rare example.
Obv: Eagle right, standing on hare; wings closed, three rows of feathers;
tail folded and bent down; beak tearing throat, claws grasping belly, of
hare upside-down r., with broken neck and head bent back; legs outstretched.
Rev. F|A Thunderbolt; wings below curling slightly outwards, nearly
straight, one row of feathers emerging from cuticle; volutes above curling outwards; over each wing and under each volute a tendril curving outwards; one molding round handle; two flame lines on either side of central dart above. Around wreath, olive twigs fastened below, six pairs of leaves on 1., six on right branch. Shallow circular incuse,
a. Athens: 12,02 g (185,5 grains).
b (PI. V, [BO]vp.)- London: 11,38 g (175,7 grains); B. M. C. Pelop. 28. — Countermark on obverse.
c. Paris: 11,95 g (184,4 grains),
d. Sir H. Weber, London: 11,95 g (184,4 grains).
e. Cat. Hirsch XXXII (1912), PI. XIX, 502: 12,00 g (185,2 grains).
Background: From the fifth to the third century BCE, a magnificent series of special edition silver coins were minted from the festival center of Olympia for each iteration of the Olympic Games, with new designs produced every four years. Olympia was a sanctuary of ancient Greece near Elis, who organized the games. The city commissioned the most talented artists to engrave the dies for these coins, exhibiting Greece's artistry, resulting in these beautiful coins being treated as prestigious objects. These coins celebrated the god Zeus and his wife Hera, who presided over Olympia and the games themselves. The Olympic coinage is represented by a small range of imagery, focusing heavily on Zeus and his eagle, sometimes featuring snakes, thunderbolts as found in this example.
Bibliography: Seltman, Charles Theodore, 1886-1957. The Temple Coins of Olympia: Reprinted From "Nomisma" VIII.IX.XI. Cambridge: Bowes & Bowes, 1921. #142
Dimensions: Weight: 11.78 grams
Condition: Very fine
Provenance: The James Corones private collection of ancient Greek coins, Maryland, acquired B & H Kreindler, NY
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.