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Classical Antiquities, Islamic & Near Eastern Art

Welcome to the Classical, Islamic & Near Eastern Art Gallery. Offered here are ancient Classical and Egyptian Antiquities as well as Islamic and Near Eastern artifacts. This gallery will be regularly updated so check back often. Please ask if you would like additional photos or more in-depth descriptions. Enjoy your treasure hunt...

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Ancient Greek Duanian Spectacle Kaythos Dipper Duanian "Spectacle" Kaythos — Southern Italy

400 BC - 300 BC

A lovely Greek Duanian Kaythos (wine ladle - dipper) from Southern Italy. A round, shallow bowl with tall strap handle all painted with red and dark brown geometric decoration. The rim shows thin bands with wider bands in the bottom, encircling a segmented square in the center. The handle, painted in fineline linear and diamond shapes, is topped with double-ring 'spectacles'. The underside is painted with concentric bands, chevrons and a central square. Condition is very good. The handle has been reattached in two places with breaks restored along with two areas of rim restoration and some light paint touch ups. There are minor paint losses and scattered deposits overall. Areas of the bottom are heavily encrusted with thick deposits. A rare type and desirable form.

Bowl is approx. 7" across and handle is approx. 4.5" tall

$775



Blue Faience Late Period Egyptian Ushabti Figure Late Period Faience Ushabti — Egypt

664 BC - 323 BC

Blue-green faience ushabti dating to the Late Period of ancient Egypt. Typical of the type, it is mold-made and has a heiroglyphic inscription excerpt from the "Book of the Dead" down the front. The hands are crossed, holding crook and flail and wearing false beard. Condition is very good. Shows general surface wear and light deposits in the crevices. It has a single restored break below the knees and a chipped nose, otherwise intact and original. Custom metal display stand is included as shown.

Ex. Vancouver, B.C. Canada private collection.

Approx. 4.5" tall. Just under 5" tall on stand

$375



Persian Kashan Copper Ewer Kashan Copper Ewer — Persia

1100 AD - 1300 AD

A large Kashan copper ewer from Central Persia dating to the Seljuk Period. Footed base and rounded body with stepped shoulder, topped by a tall tapering spout. Made from hammered copper and shows the remains of a bronze handle which attached on the side and again near the top of the spout. The missing handle would have likely been a tall arched type, typical of the period. May have also once had a hinged lid. Condition is poor to fair. Heavily encrusted over the green (verdigris) surface with rust and staining where the handle was once attached. One large hole and other smaller losses along with cracks and dents. Some areas are thin and fragile, but overall is stable and displayable. Definitely shows its age, but is a rare survivor of the period.

Approx. 12.5" tall x 7" across.

$450



Roman Sea Salvage Wine Amphora Roman-Holy Land Sea Salvage Amphora — East Mediterranean

100 BC - 300 AD

A large Middle-Roman era sea-encrusted pottery wine amphora (storage vessel) from the Holy Land area of the Eastern Mediterranean. Rounded bottom and ribbed sides with a straight neck and flared spout. Two thick handles attached from the shoulder to the neck. This form was a common type during Roman-Byzantine Period and used widely throughout the Roman Empire in the transport, distribution and storage of wine. Redware terracotta construction. Heavy sea encrustations inside and out. Almost completely covered with remains of numerous sea creatures; shells, sponges, worm tubes, barnacles, etc. In excellent and intact condition with no cracks, breaks, repairs or restoration of any kind. A choice example that displays beautifully on a custom metal stand that is included as shown.

This piece was originally collected in the 1970s at the site of an ancient shipwreck off the coast of Turkey. Ex. New Mexico private collection.

Approx. 18" tall x 10" across. Approx. 21"" tall on the display stand.

$2500



Large Greek Attic Blackware Fish Plates Large "Attic" Fish Plates — Greece - Southern Italy

400 BC - 300 BC

A pair of very large ancient Greek Attic (blackware) fish plates from the Campanian area, Southwestern Italian Colonies region. This wheel-turned type of plate is referred to as a "pinax" or "pinakion", meaning "tablet," because of its flat shape. Used in ancient times for serving and dining on large fish and other marine creatures. Made with a turned down rim and sits on a thick footed pedestal base. The fish plate's form is round and almost flat, slightly concave top with a deep depression (cup) in the center. The central cup was designed to hold flavored oils and/or sauces. Both plates are glazed in glossy black with incised grooves, in orange-red, around the center cups and again at the edge. Their condition is fair. Both are assembled from numerous pieces and restored (museum style) with visible break lines and discernible areas of fill. Each plate is approx. 90 percent original. The plates are nearly identical; same diameter with one sauce cup a bit larger and the bases are slightly different but they display well together on custom metal stands which are included as shown. Ex. Southern California private collection.

Plates are 13" in diameter. Just over 15" tall on the stands.

$950 for the pair. Not sold individually.

Additional info: These are unlike many fish plates that are decorated with painted images of the seafood they were intended to hold. Most of the painted types have been found in funerary contexts. It is thought that the painted fish images were a representation of symbolic offerings for the dead and placed in tombs to provide nourishment for the deceased in the afterlife. Large undecorated plates, like these, were likely utilitarian and used by the living during meals of fish and other aquatic animals.

Turquoise Faience Egyptian Ushabti Figure Fragment Egyptian Faience Ushabti — Egypt

664 BC - 332 BC

An Egyptian faience ushabti dating to the Late Period. A mummiform type, wearing tripartite headdress and false beard, arms folded across chest. The hands hold a pick and hoe with a bag over the left shoulder. There are four registers of hieroglyphic text down the front. Lovely blue-green (turquoise) faience surface. In good condition. The feet and lower legs are missing. A restored break across the head and other minor repairs. Some areas of faience loss, mainly on the back. Moderate earthen deposits in the crevices. Displays nicely on a custom metal display stand that is included as shown.

Ex Joel L. Malter collection.

Approx. 4.5" tall. Just under 7" tall on stand

$1000



Luristan Bronze Spear Point and Javelin Point Luristan Bronze Points — Persia - Middle East

1000 BC - 800 BC

Two fine Luristan bronze age weapon points from ancient Persia. Both are heavily encrusted and have a nice patina. They display well on custom metal stands which are included as shown.

Point #1 (left) is a spear point with tang intact. In very good condition. Minor repair to the tip, otherwise choice.

Point #2 (right) is a rare javelin point. Intact and near excellent condition.

Both are approx. 9.5" tall. Approx. 11" tall on stands.

$300 each or $550 for both



Roman Holy land Incised Terracotta Bowl Roman Pottery Bowl — Holy Land

0 AD - 100 AD

A nice ancient Roman, Holy Land pottery bowl dating to the 1st Century AD. Made of light orange terracotta, typical of the area and period. Flat bottom and gently curved sides. Decorated with two incised horizontal lines and a row of impressed dots. Condition is near excellent. Two small rim chips and a hairline crack have been restored, otherwise nicely preserved. Some areas of minor erosion, mostly on the bottom. Light deposits and earthen encrustation. A fine example.

Approx. 4" across x 2" tall

$125



Hellenistic Pottery Spindle Vase Hellenistic Spindle Vase — Eastern Mediterranean

300 BC - 200 BC

A lovely Hellenistic pottery spindle vase dating from the 3rd to 2nd Century BC. A very attractive form with small base, tapered body and flared spout. Light orange terracotta construction with considerable earthen deposits.The spindle bottle was quite popular in the Eastern Mediterranean until the Roman period, and often held scented oils, perfume, medicine or even poison. Condition is choice. No cracks, breaks or repairs of any kind. The vase will sit upright on its own, but is a bit unstable. It displays beautifully (and safely) on a custom metal stand which is included as shown. An excellent example if its type.

Just under 6" tall, 7" tall on the stand.

$275



Bronze Age Holy Land Pottery Pitcher Vase Bronze Age Pottery Vessel — Holy Land

1550 BC - 1200 BC

A fine terracotta vessel from the Holy Land, dating to the late Bronze Age. In the form of a pitcher with rounded bottom, straight sides and loop handle. Originally purchased from a notable antiquities gallery in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1968. The original COA is included. In excellent condition. No breaks or repairs. Light encrustation from burial. A nice example. Custom metal tripod display stand is included as shown.

Approx. 4.5" tall, 5.5" tall on the stand.

SOLD



Indus Valley Nal Painted Pottery Bowl Nal Pottery Bowl — Indus Valley

3500 BC - 3000 BC

A large pottery vessel from the Indus Valley dating to the early Bronze Age. An elliptical form, covered with a tan slip and decorated with two rows of opposing double chevron designs painted in brown. This pattern is attributed to the Nal Phase of the Mehrgarh culture. Condition is very good. Intact with no breaks or restoration. A 4" x 3" area of paint loss on one side due to exposure to the elements in burial. Other minor scrapes and paint loss consistent with age. Light earthen deposits remain; mostly on the bottom and interior. A fine example, thin walled and larger than most of this type.

For additonal info, see "Proto-Historic Pottery of the Indus Valley Civilisation" by Sudha Satyawadi

6.75" across x 4.5" tall

SOLD



Byzantine Pottery Wine Vessel Byzantine Pottery Wine Vessel — Holy Land Area

400 AD - 600 AD

Large Byzantine pottery vessel dating to the late Roman Period. An elegant shape with small base, rounded midsection and tall tapered neck, slightly flared at the top. Has a loop handle and a protruding spout on the opposite side. A utilitarian object, used in ancient times as a wine decanter (pouring vessel) for storing and dispensing wine. A fine example and in very good condition. One section of the top rim has been restored, otherwise intact. Has a large area of white staining from burial on one side along with other deposits. An impressive size that display well.

Approx. 11" tall x 35.5" across

$750



Blue Faience Egyptian Ushabti Figure Faience Ushabti — Egypt

1075 BC - 664 BC

Small Egyptian ushabti dating to the 3rd Intermediate Period. Nice blue-green faience surface with light deposits. Molded in typical mummiform pose, wearing false beard, arms folded across the chest and with hands holding implements. There are heiroglyphic inscriptions down front, but they are faint and likely not readable. Condition is very good. A single restored break across the knees, otherwise intact. Custom metal display stand is included as shown.

Approx. 4" tall. Just under 4.5" tall on stand

$325



Ancient Roman Sea Encrusted Pottery Amphora Pitcher Roman Sea Encrusted Wine Amphora — Italy

300 BC - 100 BC

A large Roman pottery wine amphora (pitcher) dating to the 2nd Century B.C. Orignally found in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Turkey and brought to the United States by a U.S. Serviceman in 1970. Heavily encrusted inside and out with numerous barnacles, small shells, worm tunnels and the remains of sea sponges. In very good condition. One 2 inch by 4 inch rim shard has been restored. Also, a few sections of damaged tunnels have been repaired. Overall an exceptional example of ancient sea salvage pottery.

Ex. S. Blom collection of Arizona. Ex. G. Alderman collection of Georga.

Approx. 12.5" x 9" across

SOLD



Ancient Islamic Oil Lamp and Salt Cellar Bamiyan Oil Lamp and Bowl — Afghanistan

12th Century AD

A lovely Bamiyan pottery oil lamp from ancient Persia. Has a light blue-green glaze, ribbed sides and raised geometric designs around the top. Considerable deposits and areas of iridescence. Condition is very good. Some glaze loss and craquelure. Chipping down both sides of the wick opening, otherwise intact. A nice example. Approx. 6" long. - $450

Small Bamiyan pottery bowl; likely a salt cellar. Green glaze inside. In very good condition. Intact with moderate deposits and exterior glaze loss. Approx. 2.5" across. - $100

Priced individually or $500 for both pieces.



Ancient Classical Oil Lamps Three Classical Oil Lamps — Roman & Egyptian

1st to 3rd Century AD

Lamp 1 (left) - Eastern Roman Empire. General surface wear, light deposits. Small handle chip, else intact. 3.5" long

Lamp 2 (center) - Roman. Nice details. Moderate deposits and earthen encrustation. Intact. 3.75" long

Lamp 3 (right) - Egyptian stylized "frog" lamp. Some red pigment remaining. Chipped wick-hole, else intact. 3.25" long

$250 each or $600 for all three



Lusatian Pottery Vessels Lusatian Pottery Vessels — Europe

1300 BC - 500 BC

Two small Central European Lusatian pottery cups dating to late Bronze Age to the early Iron Age. Both have strap handles and lightly burnished surfaces. The smaller is brownware and is intact with two surface scrapes on the underside. The larger is blackware, assembled from approx. 10 original pieces with unrestored breaks. Rare items! Museum deaccessions.

Approx. 3.25" across x 1.5" tall and 4.75" across x 1.25" tall

$250



Holy Land Sackler Pottery Vessel Middle Eastern Pottery Vessel — Holy Land - Mesopotamia

300 BC - 100 BC

Small terracotta cup with loop handle from the Holy Land - Mesopotamian area of the Middle East. Well made with thin-walled construction. A high quality example of ancient pottery. Grayish-tan exterior with considerable earthen deposits and encrustation. In fair to good condition. Assembled from nine original pieces with restored breaks. A few exterior scratches, likely from excavation. A nice piece that appears near choice.

Exceptional provenance: Ex. Arthur M. Sackler collection. Ex. Sotheby's. Ex Edgar Owen. Still retains the Sotheby's auction tag.

Approx. 3" tall x 3.25" across

$225



Judean Hellenistic Blackware Pottery Vessel Judean Blackware Vessel — Holy Land

587 BC - 167 BC

A lovely Judean blackware pottery vessel dating to the Hellenistic period. Rounded body with a raised ridge halfway up the neck and a wide flared rim. The surface is a deep gray with light wear, mainly on the upper shoulder and interior. Condition is near excellent. One small rim chip otherwise completely intact and choice. No cracks, breaks or repairs of any kind. A fine example of exceptional quality and much larger than most.

Excellent provenance: Deaccession from Brooklyn Museum of Art. Acquired from Skinner Auctions Inc. of Boston, Mass.

Approx. 7.5" tall x 6.5" across.

SOLD



Phoenician Zoomorphic Askos Phoenician Askos — Eastern Mediterranean

1000 BC - 800 BC

A rare Phoenician zoomorphic pottery askos. Vessels such as these were used to store and dispense small quantities of liquids, precious scented oils, etc. A hole under the chin was used as the pouring spout. Constructed in buff terracotta in the form of a stylized quadruped, likely that of a cow. Condition is very good. Some chipping around the feet, else intact, never broken. In original condition with no repairs or restoration. Ample earthen deposits on the surface. The interior is partially packed with dirt. A fine example and a rare form.

Approx. 6" long x 4" tall.

$350



Indus Valley Nal Polychrome Bowl Indus Valley Polychrome Bowl — Pakistan

3500 BC - 2500 BC

Early Bronze Age terracotta bowl from the Nal culture, Indus Valley of Baluchistan, in what is now modern day Pakistan. A rare polychrome painted vessel with small footed base and curved sides. The simple painted design is done in the 'double loop' pattern which was common during the early Pre-Harappan period. Polychrome Indus Valley pottery has only been found at one site called Mehrgarh located approx. 100 km to the north of Khuzdar. These vessels were painted with black outlines before firing and afterwards cold-painted (post firing) with yellow, green, red and sometimes white and blue pigments. Condition is near excellent. A few minor base and rim chips, otherwise intact. Areas of earthen deposits as would be expected. A fine example.

Approx. 4.25" across x 2" tall

SOLD



Roman Yellow Glass Vessel Roman Glass Bottle — Holy Land

100 AD - 300 AD

A lovely Roman yellow glass vessel from the Holy Land. Very thin and delicate; a high quality example of ancient Roman glass. Also, the vibrant yellow color is quite rare. Condition is excellent. No chips or cracks. Some areas of staining and mineral incrustation along with some iridescence. Intact and choice.

Ex. Frances Keane, originally collected in the 1960s in Haifa, Israel. Later, Ex. G. Alderman collection.

3.5" tall - 1.75" wide

SOLD



Indus Valley Pottery Bowl Nal Pottery Bowl — Indus Valley

3500 BC - 2500 BC

A very large and attractive Indus Valley pottery vessel from the Nal Culture of Baluchistan, dating to the early Bronze Age. An unusual form with flat bottom and top. The sides are slightly corseted. Buff terracotta; nicely decorated with complex painted geometric designs. Condition is quite good. One shard reglued and the break restored. The interior break line has not been restored. Minor losses have been replaced and the paint touched up. Areas of light earthen deposits remain. An exceptional example and much larger than most.

Ex. G. Alderman collection. Ex. K. Godsoe collection.

6.25" across x 3.5" tall

$725



Roman WIne Amphora Greco Roman Amphora — Greece

500 BC - 100 AD

An attractive Greco Roman pottery wine amphora. Medium sized transport vessel in buff pottery with ribbed body and single strap handle. Condition is very good. The top of the spout is has been restored, else intact. Deposits and staining as would be expected.
A fine example. Custom metal tripod display stand is included.

This piece was originally collected by an Orthodox priest on the Isle of Rhodes in the 1950s. This piece and several others in the priest's collection were later obtained by the founder of "The World Museum of Man" in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Approx. 12.5" tall. Over 15" tall on display stand.

SOLD



Greek Lekythos Vessel Greek Lekythos — Greece

500 BC - 200 BC

Lovely redware Greek Lekythos. Elegant form with a tall strap handle. Light orange clay with red and black linear painted decoration. Overall condition is very good. The handle and spout are restored, otherwise intact. A few scrapes and dings along with light deposits consistent with age.

This piece was originally collected by an Orthodox priest on the Isle of Rhodes in the 1950s. This piece and several others in the priest's collection were later obtained by the founder of "The World Museum of Man" in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Approx. 6" tall - 2.5" across

SOLD



Greek Grayware Oinochoe Vessel Greek Grayware Oinochoe — Greece

500 BC - 200 BC

Large Greek grayware Oinochoe. Elegant tapered form with a tall body and strap handle. Light gray clay with areas of black slip remaining. Unlike the ornate examples made for the wealthy, this is a utilitarian vessel used by average, working-class Greek citizens. Overall condition is very good. The handle and areas of the spout are restored, otherwise intact. A few scrapes and dings consistent with age.

This piece was originally collected by an Orthodox priest on the Isle of Rhodes in the 1950s. This piece and several others in the priest's collection were later obtained by the founder of "The World Museum of Man" in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Approx. 7.5" tall - 2.5" across

$425



Greek Oinochoe Vessel Greek Pottery Oinochoe — Greece

500 BC - 200 BC

Greek terracotta Oinochoe. Nicely formed with a tall body, strap handle and trefoil spout. Light orange clay with areas of red slip remaining along with traces of black linear decoration. Unlike the ornate examples made for the wealthy, this is a utilitarian vessel used by average, working-class Greek citizens. Overall condition is very good. Areas of the spout are restored. Also, the strap handle was broken and break restored, otherwise intact.

This piece was originally collected by an Orthodox priest on the Isle of Rhodes in the 1950s. This piece and several others in the priest's collection were later obtained by the founder of "The World Museum of Man" in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Approx. 6" tall - 2.5" across

$375



Greek Kyathos Handled Cup Greek Pottery Kyathos — Greece

500 BC - 200 BC

Redware Greek Kyathos from the Isle of Rhodes. Well formed bowl with a large strap handle. Heavily encrusted surface consistent with age. This is a "common man's" plainware Kyathos. Unlike the ornately painted blackware examples made for the wealthy elite, this is a utilitarian vessel used by average, working-class Greek citizens. Condition is generally good. Two small rim chips have been restored. The strap handle has been paritally restored, otherwise intact.

This piece was originally collected by an Orthodox priest on the Isle of Rhodes in the 1950s. This piece and several others in the collection were later obtained by the founder of "The World Museum of Man" in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Approx. 5" across x 2" tall

$250



Greek Pottery Salt Dish Greek Pottery Salt Dish — Greece

500 BC - 200 BC

Small Greek pottery bowl. Elegantly shaped buff terracotta vessel sometimes referred to as a "salt dish." A nice and inexpensive example of an ancient Greek utilitarian item. In good condition. Assembled from several original pieces with restored breaks. Shows nice deposits. An old collection number written in ink is on the bottom.

Approx. 3.5" across x 1" tall

SOLD



Roman Stone Fragment Roman Stone Dedicatory Fragment — Italy

200 AD - 300 AD

Roman carved stone fragment with text. Most likely a portion of a dedication plaque, done around the time of Trajan or another 2nd century emperor. The text is limited, but easily readable, and could possibly be partially translated. In good condition as a fragment. The surface is weathered and eroded with some pitting and ample deposits as would be expected. Originally found in Rome in the 1960s by its former owner Frances Keane. A rare item that displays well. Custom metal display stand is included, as shown.

Approx. 5" tall x 5" across.
7.5" tall on display stand.

SOLD



Large Etruscan Pottery Vessel Etruscan Vessel — Italy

800 BC - 700 BC

Large Etruscan pottery vessel in a (seldom seen) deep red color. An elegant form with ribbed sides, low footed base, strap handle and a thin neck topped by a wide spout. A rare form; the ribbed (pumpkin shape) is very uncommon. In good condition. Assembled from original pieces with restored breaks, but appears intact and near choice. Shows nice deposits of mineral and earthen encrustation, somewhat heavy in some areas. Displays beautifully.

Please refer to the "Restoration Services" area of this site to see before & after photos of the repairs on this piece.

Approx. 5.25" tall x 5" across

$750



Cypriot Skyphos Cypriot Skyphos — Cyprus

1050 BC - 650 BC

A Cypriot bi-chrome pottery skyphos dating to the Iron Age. Footed base and opposing handles typical of the type. Buff terracotta painted with black concentric circles. Nice deposits. Overall condition is good. Areas of the rim have been assembled from original pieces and minor losses restored, but displays well and appears choice.

Approx. 2.5" tall x 7.25" across

SOLD



Cypriot Skyphos Small Cypriot Skyphos — Cyprus

1050 BC - 650 BC

Cypriot polychome skyphos dating to the Iron Age. Footed base and opposing handles typical of the type. Buff terracotta with nicely painted with black concentric circles and a wide band of red. Considerable deposits and mineralization. Overall condition is very good. One handle has been reattached and breaks restored along with two tiny rim chips, otherwise choice. A fine example.

Approx. 2" tall x 5.25" across

SOLD



Kushan Fertility Figures Kushan Fertility Figures — Indus Valley

100 BC - 200 AD

Two lovely Kushan (Baluchistan) pottery female fertility figures from the Indus Valley. Both wearing a headdress and a body sash. In good condition. Both with minor restoration. Custom display stands are included.

The taller figure to the left is 6" tall. The feet and tips of each arm have been restored.

The smaller figure to the right is 5" tall. Both arms have been partially restored.

SOLD



Miniature Roman Amphora Miniature Amphora — Holy Land

300 BC - 100 BC

Miniature Roman - Holy Land terracotta amphora. Blackware (dark gray) pottery with earthen and mineral depostis. In good condition. A couple glued breaks and minor losses have been restored, but appears choice. Custom display stand is included.

Approx. 4" tall x 2" across - Approx 5.5" tall on display stand

SOLD



Iron Age Vessel Iron Age Pottery Juglet — Holy Land

1000 BC - 600 BC

Small terracotta juglet (pitcher) from the Holy Land, dating to the Iron Age, Period I - II. Nicely shaped body with thick strap handle. Heavily encrusted, never cleaned. Condition is near choice, minor spout chips but intact and without any repairs or restortaion. Stands upright, but has a slight tilt. A fine example.

Approx. 4.5" tall x 3" across

$185



Roman Pottery Artifacts Roman Pottery Items — Holy Land

100 AD - 300 AD

Two small Roman pottery items. Both nice examples for their size.

Item #1 - Roman terracotta head fragment depicting a youth. Fine details and very good condition. Chipped nose, otherwise choice. Custom display stand included. Approx. 2" tall, 4" tall with stand.
SOLD

Item #2 - Miniature juglet (oil pitcher), nicely made with stepped spout and strap handle. In near excellent condition. A couple of tiny rim chips, otherwise intact and choice. Approx. 2.5" tall.

SOLD



Roman Bracelet Roman Glass Bracelet — Holy Land

100 AD - 300 AD

A gorgeous Roman multi-colored glass bracelet — most likely from the Holy Land area. Green glass with overlaid spiral band of yellow and red around the middle with two smaller ribbons in blue and white. Glass bracelets were common findings in Roman burials, particularly in the Holy Land, which was the center of ancient glass production. This is a choice example with no breaks, cracks or chips. The size is larger than most, originally made for an adult. In excellent, wearable condition.

Just over 3" across

SOLD



Stone Dish Early Egyptian Stone Bowl — Egypt

3000 BC - 2700 BC

Lovely Egyptian stone offering dish dating to the Old Kingdom, First to Second Dynasty. Finely carved from green/gray slate, very thin and delicate, an amazing example. Condition is excellent. Minor scrapes and dings, but completely intact, never broken and with no repairs of any kind. Light staining and earthen deposits, mostly on the underside. An incredible piece of ancient stone work. Very high quality. Rare and quite desirable. Seldom seen in today's market.

Just over 4.5" across x 2.5" tall

$1500



Large Greek Aryballos Large Corinthian Aryballos — Corinth, Greece

600 BC - 550 BC

Large Greek Corinthian aryballos. Typical round-bodied with thick flat rim and strap handle. Nicely decorated with concentric bands of red and orange around the middle. Flower pedal designs at the shoulder and broad stripes around the top of the spout. This type of vessel was used in ancient times to hold precious scented oils and perfumes. Globular aryballos were used by Greek men, the elongated versions (called alabastrons) were used by women. Overall condition is very good. No breaks, cracks or repairs. Several scraps and dings as is common. Some areas of paint loss and mineral encrustations as would be expected. Rare for its size and near choice.

Approx. 3.25" tall x 2.5" across.

$500



Mummy Mask Eqyptian "Ka" Mummy Mask — Egypt

1000 BC - 30 BC

Unusually large Late Period or Ptolemaic Period Egyptian mummy mask. Most likely dating more specifically to 664 BC - 30 BC. Known as "Ka" masks, they were affixed to the sarcophagi in an effort to draw the spirit (or Ka) of the deceased back from wandering to rejoin their mummified body. The Egyptians believed that the spirit could wander freely from its tomb to revisit places and people it had known in life. However, if the spirit could not find its body upon its return, the spirit would be cursed to wander the earth forever without a place to rest. The Ka would allow the spirit to recognize its sarcophagus upon its return. This example is more crudely executed than those made for the wealthy elite, but is of a type more typical of Ka masks from the middle or lower classes. Some of the finer ones were made from plaster, gesso, cartonage, etc., whereas this type is carved only from wood. Most likely made of palm wood, it shows heavy signs of insect damage (tiny holes, tunnels, etc.) and patina you would expect to see in wood from this region and of this age. This example has wooden dowels that would have been used to affix the object to the sarcophagus (they were cut/sawed flush when it was removed from the coffin). Importantly, this example also shows that two separate pieces of wood were doweled together to create a wooden surface large enough for the face to be carved. This is exactly what you would expect to see on an example made and used for the lower economic classes. Wood was scarce in Egypt and obtaining one solid piece large enough for a mask would have been a luxury. So they made efficient use of what wood was available by laminating pieces together joined with dowels.

A simple example, but still powerful and amazingly expressive despite minimal cuts to form the facial features. Displays beautifully. Included is a custom shadow-box display case with a black finish. Display frame measures approx 24" tall x 16" wide x 4" deep.

Provenance: Ex. Nomis Antiquities. Ex. Gerald Alderman Collection. Authenticated by Egyptologist, Dr. Serop Simonian.

Approx. 14" tall x 9" across x 2.5" deep

SOLD



Islamic Bowl Samanid Bowl — Near East

800 AD - 1000 AD

Lovely Islamic glazed bowl dating to the Samanid Dynastic Period, 9th to 10th Century AD. Beautiful glazed interior in rich shades of dark green and brown on a golden yellow ground. These colors were quite common during this period and have also been seen in bowls and storage vessels from the earlier Parthian Dynastic Period. These slip-painted wares constitute a great advance in pottery decoration. Normally the pigment runs in the kiln, as seen on splashed wares in Mesopotamia in early Abbasid times. By the introduction of a ground slip and slip pigments, potters could better control the designs while in the kiln, and thus were able to produce a great variety of surface decorations. This example shows a nicely executed striped pattern. Overall condition is near excellent. A few minor dings, but intact and with no cracks or restoration. An exceptional example of its type.

Just over 10.5" across x 3.5" tall

SOLD



Holy Land Vessel Holy Land Pottery Vessel — Israel

100 BC - 100 AD

Lovely terracotta pitcher from the Holy Land. Rounded body and low ring base, the neck is tall and slightly tapered with a flared spout. The handle is wide and flat with a ribbed pattern. Buff clay showing moderate deposits and encrustation. A large example with an elegant form. Superb construction and very thin walled. A high quality piece in near excellent condition. Perfect, save one small chip at the tip of the spout that has been restored, otherwise no other repairs. A very pretty piece!

From "The Jewish Museum" New York. Shown in the "Israel in Antiquity" exibit.

Approx. 5.5" across x 9" tall

SOLD



Roman Bowls Roman Bowls — Eastern Provinces

200 BC - 200 AD

Two nice Roman terracotta bowls. Most likely from the Eastern Provinces. Both are flat bottomed with flared sided. The larger is in light colored clay with some exterior staining and deposits. The smaller example is a light yellow-cream color also with minor staining and deposits and has a slightly irregular base. Both are in choice condition with no cracks, breaks or repairs. A few tiny dings around the rims, but overall near excellent. Elegant form, pretty. The custom metal display stands are included. Ex. Pacific Northwest Collection. They display well together so are being sold only as a pair.

Large bowl is approx. 3" tall x 6.5"across.
Small bowl is approx. 1.5" tall x 4.5"across.

SOLD



Roman Vial Roman Terracotta Vial — Holy Land

100 AD

Nice Roman era pottery vial from the Holy Land. Elongated oval bottom with slightly tapered neck and flared rim. Buff terracotta clay with black bitumen paint around the top. Some deposits and mineral encrustation, but overall in very good condition. No cracks breaks or repairs. Only one small ding near the top, otherwise choice. Elegant shape. A rare item that displays beautifully. Ex. Ohio private collection.

Approx. 4.5" tall x 1.5" across

$150



Roman Bowl Roman Terracotta Bowl — Israel

37 BC - 324 AD

Large Roman period pottery bowl from the Holy Land. Excavated in Israel. Low footed, shallow bowl with red slip and moderate to heavy encrustations, mostly on the bottom. In good condition with a single glued break. The break is clean and hardly noticable. The hairline crack could be easily restored at minimal additional cost.
Ex. E. Krumbein.

Approx. 8" across x 2" tall

SOLD


Pre-Dynastic Vessel Neolithic Egyptian Vessel — Southern Egypt

3500 BC - 3200 BC

Very early, pre-Dynastic Egyptian terracotta vessel dating to the Naqada II period. Similar to the type found at Malkata and around the Fayoum. It has a rounded body narrowing at the neck then widening to a flared rim. Somewhat textured and encrusted surface, what Petrie would have categorized as Type M, "rough-faced" pottery. Originally acquired around 1960 by a professor at a local university (Wake Forrest). He dug this and other similar pieces in Egypt while on an archeological salvage expedition during the construction of the Aswan Dam. In very good condition, would be choice save one small hole in the side and a single rim chip, otherwise intact with no repairs or restoration. A very rare and desirable pre-Dynastic Egyptian artifact.

Approx. 6" tall x 5" across

$650



Medieval Carving Antique Wood Carving — Europe

1600 AD - 1800 AD, Possibly Earlier

Small oak decorative carving from Europe, most likely from England. Nicely carved face surrounded by scroll-work (hair), executed in high relief. Beautifully detailed face with eyes upturned toward the heavens. Originally used as a church pew decoration, it shows some wear as would be expected, but overall in excellent condition with no breaks or cracks. One tiny chip missing from the lower lip.

This pieces was sold to me as Early Medieval 600-800 AD - I have since been told it is much later so I have changed the description and price. This is outside my area of expertise. If any of you experts out there can help positively date this item, your input is welcome. Thank you.

Approx. 3" tall x 2.5" wide. Just over 1" thick.

$200


Large Skyphos Large Pottery Skyphos — Southern Italy

4th Century BC

Unusually large bowl with protruding foot and thick handles at the rim. Once black but now shows some wear. Interesting weathered surface. Broken and reassembled from 4 large pieces with unrestored breaks. Displays impressively. Ex. Arte Primitivo

4.5" tall x 8" across

$650


Oil Pitcher Roman Pottery Pitcher — Holy Land

3rd Century AD

Nice pottery pitcher from the Holy Land, dating to the Roman Period. Lovely form with wide body, loop handle and trefoil spout. Probably used in ancient times to hold oil and fill lamps. Encrusted on the bottom but in excellent condition. No cracks, breaks or repairs.

3.5" tall x 3.75" across

$175


Auction Catalogs - Classical Antiquities and Islamic Art

Serious collectors know the importance of good reference material and old auction catalogs are always desirable. Packed with photos, dates and descriptions, they offer a wide range of information as well as pricing estimates.


catalogs Misc. Catalogs — 1967 & 1974

1967 Swiss Auction - Kunstwerke Antike with prices realized list
1974 Ancient Art - Robert J. Myers with prices realized list


approx. 8" x 11"

$15 for both


catalog Rare Hardback Sotheby's Catalog — 1992

Important Antiquities
"From the Norbert Schimmel Collection"
Very rare hardback catalog with dustjacket. Minor dustjacket wear and one page has a small ink smear (printing error), else in fine condition.


approx. 8.5" x 11"

$25


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