A very early European Jewish bronze oil lamp, likely German and made in the renaissance or early baroque period, 16th. century or earlier.
In Jewish communities, such lamps were also used for rituals—the kindling of lights in the home to inaugurate Sabbaths and festivals, and for havdalah. Havdalah—literally, “separation”—is the ceremony that marks the conclusion of Sabbath and holy days, that is, their separation from the workday week...
An Achaemenid or Greco-Persian bronze bowl, Western Asia, ca. 6th century B.C.
An exceptionally well-made cast bronze phial, low-temperature, forming almost brass or bell metal. finely decorated with inverted rim and rounded base and omphallos. Made for wine-offerings to the gods.
Inscribed with some cuneiform letters, undecifered. The inscription possibly a later addition, we're not certain.
Size: 140 mm. wide and 58 mm. high...
RARE & INTERESTING BRONZE AXE, ANCIENT NEAR EAST OR WESTERN ASIA, NEO-ELAMITE TYPE, 2ND.-1ST. MILLENIUM BC.
A puzzling piece, obviously authentic with a fine brown and green patina. The axe is decorated with a zoomorphic pattern of intertwinned animals, perhaps snakes, and just below the blade an ancient inscription in an undecifered scriptform...
An ancient Roman glass bowl in Olive-brown glass, ca. 3rd.-4th. century AD.
The bowl or beaker with rounded body with a flattened base and a slightly flaring and cut lip. Beautiful colour and attractive ancient shape.
Size: 68 mm. in diameter and 42 mm. high.
Condition: Choice and completely intact...
A beautiful Roman pale green footed glass bowl Circa 4th Century A.D.
With folded rim, the body with vertical upper walls curving inwards to the tooled pushed-in base with hollow tubular base ring.
Diameter: 92 mm. Height 52 mm.
Condition: Choice, a minimal chip to the base ring, othervise completely intact.
Provenance: Since 1988 in a US collection (M.W.). Bought in the German auction market and comes with COA
A roman glass beaker with fantastic iridescence, 2nd.-3rd. century AD.
A beautiful squat beaker with barrel-shaped body with line decoration. Once either green or brown glass, but now it's stands out with complete iridescence to the surfaces in an awesome mixture of colours. Dominating is a strong silver, but mixed with fine rainbow and gold. One of the finest patinated glass items we've ever handled.
Size: ca. 70 mm. in diameter and around 5 cm...
RARE FULL SIZE ROMAN WINE BEAKER, 2ND.-3RD. CENTURY AD.
An elegant Beaker in Light Aqua Green Glass. Roman, c. 2nd-3rd century AD. Robustly made in a fairly thick glass, the rim flaring, the body bi-conical with decorative lines of applied glass.
Condition: Superb, with strong silver and rainbow iridescence. Areas of miniral deposits uncleaned.
Size: 9,1 cm. high.
Provenance: Since 1988 in a US collection (M.W.)...
A SUPERB GOOD SIZE ROMAN GLASS BOWL, CA. 1ST...
A SUPERB ROMAN GLASS BOWL, CIRCA MID 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
Pale green in color, free blown, the body sloping to the thick pad base, slightly kicked on the underside, the outsplayed rim folded out then down, with a central omphalos on the interior and twin opposing ribbon handles.
Terrific piece of glass art and the finest of this early type we've handled. See Christies SALE 2605 LOT 214 for a very similar but smaller and less attractive bowl with realized $3500.
Hayes type I/II B lamp with a rosette in the discus bearing the filling hole at center.
The narrow shoulder frame with targets alternating with dots.
Unpierced handle with single trail, base raised.
For a closely related lamp cf. Q 1733 in: D. M. Bailey. A Catalogue of the Lamps in the British Museum. Vol. 3, Roman Provincial Lamps. London 1988.
Roman North Africa, Tunesia, 4th century AD
L. 11.3 cm (4.4 in)
W. 7.3 cm (2.9 in)
The discus with two columns with gable and arch, topped by tendrils (?). The filling hole at center, below a triangular feature probably representing grapes. A row of ovules over wavy tendrils on the raised shoulder.
Round body and projecting nozzle with raised edge to the wick hole. A twofold band handle at rear, base undefined.
For closely related lamps cf. Q 3309-3310 in: D. M. Bailey. A Catalogue of the Lamps in the British Museum. Vol. 3, Roman Provincial Lamps. London 1988.
Roman volute lamp with a narrow flat shoulder showing wine leaves and grapes in relief. The plane concave discus with a filling hole and a smaller air hole.
The rounded nozzle flanked by volutes. Ring handle placed at rear.
Defined circular base with impressed planta pedis mark.
Roman, 2nd/3rd Century AD
L. 9.6 cm (3.8 in)
W. 6.8 cm (2.7 in)
Intact, fine condition. Mold made and light as a feather. Light tan clay with worn red slip.
Molded Roman lamp decorated at center with a wreath of foliate branches bearing rounded fruit. Sideward volutes along the nozzle.
Form Loeschke type IV, shouder form IIIa.
For similar shape and decoration, cf. no. Q1510, p. 159 and pl. 2 in: D. M. Bailey. A Catalogue of the Lamps in the British Museum. III. Roman Provincial Lamps. London 1988.
Roman, 1st/2nd century AD
L. 9 cm (3.5 in)
W. 6. 3 cm (2.5 in)
Intact, and thin walled. Light tan...
Roman lamp with a rare depiction of Diana driving a chariot pulled by deer. The goddess is wearing a garment that is flowing in the wind. She is holding a bow. The central disk surrounded by a band of ovules.
The lamp belongs to a well-known group showing gods chasing on chariots.
L. 10 cm (3.9 in)
Roman, 2nd century AD
Intact. Surface encrusted in places.
Swiss private collection, since the 1960s/70s.
The authenticity of the object ...
This piece is an Egyptian necklace that is made of 84 individual beads and amulets that date circa 1070-712 B.C., Third Intermediate Period. This piece is approximately 19 inches long, and has an added modern 18k gold clasp that makes this piece very wearable. The majority of the beads and amulets are mold made with a light blue glaze, and are faience type beads that have nice minute detail. The smaller beads likely represent small floral seeds, and there are two (2) closed floral amulets, th...
This is an ancient Egyptian steatite scarab, which is inscribed on the back with a
squatting baboon (Thoth) and the hieroglyphics of the throne name of Rameses II:
User-Maat-Re-setep-en-Re (The justice of Re is powerful - chosen of Re)
The scarab comes with a chain (ca. 50 cm, c. 19.7 inches) and the original box
from Baltinester Bros (Jerusalem), where the chain with scarab pendant was bought in the 50s.
for comparable see:
H.R. Hall, Catalogue of Egyptian Scar...
This attractive flawless Roman glass vessel is an aubergine colored jar that dates circa 4th-5th century A.D., and is approximately 2.25 inches high. This piece is in mint condition, with no minute cracks and/or chips. The color is very attractive, and has a deep dark brown/purple color with some light spotty silvered patina both on the inside and outside surfaces. There is also some spotty minute root marking and a multi-colored iridescence seen on various sections of the piece. This piece ...
Canaanite glazed steatite scarab with glaze gone white. Depicting animal figures on the underside, including a lizard and antelopes. Minor chip in front and on side. 15th/14th centuries BCE