Ostracon Ancient Art, fine antiquities
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1336453
Ostracon Ancient Art
$480.00
Solid cast bronze lion in alert position with its head slightly raised.
Standing on a square base.
Masterfully executed as a merging of spherical elements – almost cubistic
Bronze
Seljuk Dynasty, Persia, 11th-12th century AD
H. 3.2 cm (1.3 in)
L. 3 cm (1.2 in)
Intact. Excellent condition.
English private collection, acquired before 1995. Thence German art market.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1331626
Ostracon Ancient Art
$180.00
Stylized bronze rooster used as a support or as foot of a larger vessel.
The crested head shows elongated lentoid eyes and a fluted beak. The neck with a bulge at the join to the rounded body, a large tail at rear may have served as bearing surface for some kind of vessel. The legs with exaggerated spurs behind.
Bronze
Islamic, Seljuk, 12th/13th century AD
10.5 cm (4.1 cm)
Intact, fine condition...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1331625
Ostracon Ancient Art
$150.00
Large Luristan bronze pin with a vertically ribbed, spherical head, pierced for suspension. The six sharply cut crescentic ribs on top remind of contemporary maceheads.
The upper section of the pin with horizontal grooves.
Bronze
Luristan, 1000-750 BC
H. 17.1 cm (6.7 in)
Fine condition, point slightly damaged. Overall dark patina with lovely spots of the original golden bronze surface.
German private collection, since the 1960s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1331624
Ostracon Ancient Art
$120.00
Attractive Luristan dress pin with a vertically ribbed, spherical head. The nine sharply cut crescent-like ribs on top remind of contemporary maceheads.
The pin with a horizontally grooved and beaded body. A flanged stopper at the lower half.
Bronze
Luristan, 1000-750 BC
H. 9.9 in (3.9 in)
Fine condition, point slightly damaged.
German private collection, since the 1960s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Pre AD 1000 item #1331623
Ostracon Ancient Art
$60.00
Nice terracotta quadruped, possibly a bull. Two of the pointed feet chipped, horns and tail missing.
Terracotta
Near Eastern, 1st millennium BC
L. 8 cm (3.1 in)
H. 5 cm (2 in)
Scratched surface.
German private collection, since the 1960s. Thence art market.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Pre AD 1000 item #1331025
Ostracon Ancient Art
$180.00
Fine almond shaped lamp with linear decoration on the shoulder. The fill and the wick hole are surrounded by a pronounced rim. The channel running to the nozzle is decorated with four dots. Conical handle at rear. The base shows concentric circles and a star at center.
The lamp was taken from two almost new molds as deducible from the neat outcome.
Almond shaped oil lamps originate from the Levant and are a common type during the Umayyad and the Abbasid periods...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Pre AD 1000 item #1324799
Ostracon Ancient Art
$440.00
Rare terracotta idol of rounded form, the raised sides on top with pierced eyes. The special shape reminds of Anatolian eye idols.
Terracotta
Near Eastern, 3rd-1st millennium BC
H. 8.5 cm (3.3 in)
Intact
Swiss private collection established between 1968 and 1978.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Pre AD 1000 item #1324797
Ostracon Ancient Art
$680.00
Very expressive Anatolian female sphinx with the body of a recumbent lion with short forepaws, the tail turning over the right haunch.
The female head showing a receding forehead, large eyes, heavy asymmetric cheeks and full lips. Tresses to both sides of the face and a queue down the nape of the neck.
For a related bronze example from Anatolia, cf. Hermann Historica Auktionen, Munich (Germany), April 2008 sale, lot no...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Pre AD 1000 item #1324794
Ostracon Ancient Art
$360.00
Rare terracotta idol of rounded form. The front in the shape of a head. The stylized face with arched eyebrows, pierced eyes and mouth, nose partially damaged.
Terracotta
Near Eastern, 3rd-1st millennium BC
H. 6.5 cm (2.6 in)
Intact with splintered spots and scratches.
Swiss private collection established between 1968 and 1978.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Pre AD 1000 item #1324791
Ostracon Ancient Art
$180.00
Nice terracotta animal with vestigial features and pierced earlobes.
Terracotta
Near Eastern, 1st Millennium BC
L. 6.5 cm (2.5 in)
Intact with minor losses.
Swiss private collection established between 1968 and 1978.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1319568
Ostracon Ancient Art
$280.00
Bronze pendant with two addorsed animal heads sharing one body and four legs. The highly stylized and unidentifiable animal cast with prominent eyes and a suspension loop at center.
For a similar pendant, cf. lo no. 363, pp. 270-271 in: Oscar White Muscarella. Bronze and Iron. Ancient Near Eastern Artifacts in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York 1988.
Bronze
Luristan, Western Iran, 8th/7th century BC
L. 3.4 cm (1.3 in)
H. 2.3 cm (0.9 in)
Intact...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Pre AD 1000 item #1319567
Ostracon Ancient Art
$280.00
Dark blue glass with mold-pressed bearded male heads.
Provincial Hellenistic style with neatly drawn large eyes, a prominent nose and carefully embossed hair and beard.
Janiform amulets with human faces have been found all around the Mediterranean basin, often in north Africa and Carthago. The heads frequently show suspension loops on top or, as in our case, tiny perforations at the neck level which allowed to use them as heads of hairpins.
For related examples cf. fig. no...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Stone : Pre AD 1000 item #1319566
Ostracon Ancient Art
$280.00
The large almond-shaped eyes contoured with carved lines. The edged head shows a linear rendition of the snout and the mouth. The vestigial ears appear behind the missing horns.
The triangular patch of hair on the forehead with a square hole that connects with a channelling carved along the animal’s neck. The head protome served as spout on a now lost basin...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1318453
Ostracon Ancient Art
$650.00
Sheet silver in the shape of a bearded man wearing a cloak rendered with diagonal folds.
Carefully embossed head with soft classical features, heavy moustache and beard and curled hair surrounded by a row of dots.
Pierced nipples, holes for fixation.
Silver
Eastern Mediterranean, 5th/4th Century BC
H. 9.3 cm (3.66 in)
Appealing item with missing extremities. Wrinkles along the neck and the waist.
Gerhard Hirsch Auktionen, Munich (Germany), Septemb...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1311493
Ostracon Ancient Art
$140.00
Late Bronze Age Thai bracelet with the characteristic bands-and-knobs decoration.
Ban Chiang, Thailand, Middle Period, 1000-300 BC
D. 5 cm (2 in)
D. 4,5 cm (1.75 in)
Smaller item intact, second ring broken and reglued (small chip missing)
Schuler Auktionen Zurich, December 2003 sale, lot no. 7973

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Stone : Pre AD 1000 item #1279446
Ostracon Ancient Art
$1,350.00
Extremely rare Anatolian marble idol of miniature size. The idol with a disk-head on an elongated neck and a pouch-like body with arm stumps.
Kusura-type, cf. item 520 in: Jürgen Thimme. Kunst der Kykladen. Karlsruhe 1976.
Marble
Anatolian, Early Bronze Age II, 2700 to 2400 BC
H. 3 cm (1.2 in)
Intact. Sinter and root marks; back side heavily encrusted.
Ex Dr. Ulrich Müller, Zurich (Switzerland), collected between 1968 and1978

The authentic...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Stone : Pre AD 1000 item #1249065
Ostracon Ancient Art
$4200.00
South Arabian funerary stele carved in high relief with a stylized human head.
The flat face shows merged eyebrows, a heavy nose and rhomboid eyes with marked irises. The mouth in detailed with a horizontal slit while the ears are neatly carved and asymmetrically set. The forehead is topped by a line to render the hair or a veil, the cheeks with a vestigial beard.
A Sabaean inscription with the name of the deceased reading ŠYB | ẒHRN underneath.
Literature: St. John S...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1237771
Ostracon Ancient Art
$420.00
Highly schematized bronze horse with long legs, narrow body and slender tail. The head with an elongated snout, beaded eyes, large ears and a crested mane.
Remains of sheet bronze on the tail and some remnants on one foreleg denote that this might have been the right-hand horse yoked to a small bronze chariot.
For a complete chariot, cf. item no. 216 in: Peter R. S. Moorey. Catalogue of the Ancient Persian Bronzes in the Ashmolean Museum. Oxford 1971.
The chariots were initi...