A large iron sword with decorated bronze handle, Central Asia, late 1st Millennium BC. The long, narrow iron blade with central midriff is set into a tubular bronze handle that is decorated with a raised floral or organic motif. The narrowing concentric circles adorn the base of the handle. The blade had some corrosion but is stable and has been reset into the handle. L: 23 ¼" (59.1 cm). A very attractive and interesting piece! Ex Los Angeles collection.
Islamic bronze pear-shaped bottle, Iran, 9th - 10th Century AD. Nicely decorated with lotus buds in relief, neck ending in rosette-shaped mouth. Intact with deep patination with areas of green and red. H: 5 3/16" (13.7 cm). Ex London collection, acquired in the 1980's.
Small bronze figure of Genius, Roman, c.2nd - 3rd Century AD, with cloak draped over shoulder and holding cornucopiae. Right hand, which most likely held a patera, is missing and with thick olive patination. H: 2 5/8" (6.6 cm). Mounted on antique stone base. Ex old French collection, acquired in the 1970's.
A large terracotta incantation bowl, Near East, c.5th - 6th Century AD. The bowl is high-walled, with raised flat base and turned out lip. The outer walls have been decorated with concentric grooved below the rim and vertical impressions, which give a ripple effect. The interior with lines of 'pseudo-script' imitating Syriac or Aramaic around a demon with tall body and long appendages, another facing on the other side of the bowl. Diam: 10 3/8" (26.4 cm). H: 5 3/8" (13.9 cm). R ...click for details
A Rhodian bronze bucranium, c.4th Century BC. Nicely patinated and still possessing the rivets and backing to what it was originally attached to. H: 2 5/8" (6.4 cm). Nicely mounted on custom stand. Ex New York collection, acquired in Switzerland, Oct. 1990.
Bronze figure of Kore, Eastern Mediterranean, c.5th - 4th Century BC, with stiff pose - hands to sides and feet together. Probably a Phoenician or Syrian piece with Greek influence. Nice brown patina. H: 2 11/16" (6.8 cm). Ex old French collection, acquired in the 1970's.
A nice green glazed open work amulet of the god Bes, Late Period, c.664 - 343 BC, with grotesque features and long beard, hands on rotund belly and wearing a multiple feathered headdress. Intact with good style. H: 2 1/8" (5.3 cm). Ex old English collection.
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A handsome wooden male tomb figure, Middle Kingdom, c. 1980 - 1630 BC, wearing a long, tight-fitting garment with moveable arms. The facial features are carved as well as highlighted in black and white paint. Intact, no restoration. Stands 8" tall with stand. Ex Australian collection.
A molded terracotta figure of the God Thoth, Ptolemaic, c.3rd - 2nd Century BC. The god is in the form of a baboon, standing on his hind legs, hands at chest level with palm out in a stance of adoration. Simplistic details and traces of red pigment. Intact, with loss of pigment and gesso. H: 3 1/4" (8.4 cm). Ex old Irish collection.
A tall bronze figure of Osiris, Late Period, c.664 - 343 BC. He is mummiform, wearing Atef crown, false beard, and holding crook and flail. Nice detail to the face and slender form. Deep red-brown patina with areas of light encrustation. Minor repair to the feet. H: 8 3/4" (22 cm). Ex California collection.