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Ancient Mummybeads Necklace and Earrings with Coral

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Egyptian: Faience: Pre AD 1000   item# 623583

Ancient Mummybeads Necklace and Earrings with Coral
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In ancient Egypt, clothes were plain and light for the hot climate, so people made fashion statements with beads. Everybody wore them, choosing colors both for ornament and protection. Turquoise and red were especially prized -- the former because it signified the sky and eternal life and the latter because it represented the power of the sun. Since the value to them was in the color, not the material, Egyptians mixed substances freely and developed imitation stones early. Among them was faience, a quartz-based ceramic made for thousands of years.

By the Late Dynastic period, their jewelry industry led the world and production was such that they could even afford to shroud mummies in woven nets of these life-giving blue-green beads. That's why many have survived in beautiful condition.

This set features particularly fine ones, all crafted between 600 and 300 BC and selected for their color harmony and uniform size. Besides the long blue-green beads, there are multi-colored spacers of faience plus accents of luxurious red coral. The graceful necklace is of princess length, 17 inches, and the matched earrings are glamorous shoulder-dusters dangling more than 4 1/2 inches long. Findings, chains and silver accent beads are of course contemporary, hallmarked sterling. Although you'll be the first to wear this wonderful demi-parure, it's entirely within the tradition of what was worn in ancient times.

A certificate of authenticity attesting to the beads' age will be furnished with your purchase.

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Rare Roman Medallion Pendant with Ruby Glass Stone

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Pre AD 1000   item# 502016

Rare Roman Medallion Pendant with Ruby Glass Stone
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In remarkable condition, this stunning ancient pendant is formed in a well-detailed floral shape and set with a cabochon stone (probably glass) that's brilliant ruby red. It's most unusual to find an item of such antiquity still containing a stone and the overlapped edge of the mounting indicates original condition. I can't see any way that it could have been replaced.

The jewel is between 1700 and 2000 years old, made of lead which has developed rich patina and luster through the centuries. It measures 30 mm (nearly 1 1/4")in diameter and comes strung on a lanyard, as it was probably worn originally.

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Our Largest Ancient Italian Bronze Fibula - Pre-Roman

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Bronze: Pre AD 1000   item# 309026

Our Largest Ancient Italian Bronze Fibula - Pre-Roman
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The city of Rome was only beginning to take shape during the period when this bronze brooch was produced - between the 8th-5th Centuries BCE. An amazing survivor of the Empire's rise and fall, this richly patinated beauty came through it all with pin intact! This treasure measures a sizeable 2 1/2" by 1 1/2" and has a beautiful, sculptural form.

As you may know, the fibula was originally a Celtic jewel, introduced into Italy by the Etruscans -- a people gradually assimilated by the Romans, who secured their garments with fibulae for centuries. They're seen on virtually every Imperial Roman bust, but this example dates well before Imperial times.

We were lucky enough to acquire, from the same European source, two more brooches of this type: One measures about 1 3/8" by 7/8" and will still open! The other measures about 1 3/16" by 3/4". Their similarity would make these a wonderful collection for the tabletop, desktop or vitrine - or they could be worn as pendants, suspended by their hinges. If you're interested in all three, please e-mail and we can work out special pricing. Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Fine Ancient Italian Bronze Fibula - Pre-Roman

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Bronze: Pre AD 1000   item# 309025

Fine Ancient Italian Bronze Fibula - Pre-Roman
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$130
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During the period when this bronze brooch was produced - between the 8th-5th Centuries BCE - the city of Rome (founded in 753 BCE) was only beginning to take shape. An amazing survivor of the Empire's rise and fall, this richly patinated beauty came through it all with pin intact -- AND it still opens! This rarity measures about 1 3/8" by 7/8" and has a beautiful, sculptural form.

As you may know, the fibula was originally a Celtic jewel, introduced into Italy by the Etruscans -- a people gradually assimilated by the Romans, who secured their garments with fibulae for centuries. They're seen on virtually every Imperial Roman bust, but this example dates well before Imperial times.

We were lucky enough to acquire, from the same European source, two more brooches of this type: The largest measures about 2 1/2" by 1 1/2", while the other measures 1 3/16" by 3/4". Their similarity would make them a wonderful collection for the tabletop, desktop or vitrine - or they could be worn as pendants, suspended by their hinges. If interested in all three, we can work out special pricing. Please e-mail erinharris@comcast.net to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Fine Ancient Italian Bronze Fibula - Pre-Roman

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Bronze: Pre AD 1000   item# 309023

Fine Ancient Italian Bronze Fibula - Pre-Roman
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$99

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During the period when this bronze brooch was produced - between the 8th-5th Centuries BCE - the city of Rome(founded in 753 BCE) was only beginning to take shape. An amazing survivor of the Empire's rise and fall, this richly patinated beauty came through it all with pin intact! It measures about 1 3/16" by 3/4" and has a beautiful, sculptural form.

As you may know, the fibula was originally a Celtic jewel, introduced into Italy by the Etruscans -- a people gradually assimilated by the Romans, who secured their garments with fibulae for centuries. They're seen on virtually every Imperial Roman bust, but this example dates well before Imperial times. Judging from its size, I expect it was worn by a child.

We were lucky enough to acquire, from the same European source, two more brooches of this type: The largest measures about 2 1/2" by 1 1/2", while the other - which still opens - is a dainty 1 3/8" by 7/8". Their similarity would make them a wonderful collection for the tabletop, desktop or vitrine - or they could be worn as pendants, suspended by their hinges. If interested in all three, please e-mail and we'll work out special pricing.

Please e-mail to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!



Painted Shard of Fine Roman Terracotta Redware

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Pottery: Pre AD 1000   item# 99002

Painted Shard of Fine Roman Terracotta Redware
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Painted decoration makes this fragment from a Roman red slip redware vessel particularly interesting. Redware from North Africa was in common use around the Mediterranean in Roman times and to a lesser extent in Rome's European provinces between the 2nd and 4th centuries, which makes this lovely artifact at least 1,600 years old. It measures about 3 1/4" x 2 1/4" and is, I believe, from Roman Tunisia. The former owner acquired it from an English antiquities dealer.

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Fine Roman Terracotta Redware Figural Shard, Goddess

Catalogue: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Pottery: Pre AD 1000   item# 99000

Fine Roman Terracotta Redware Figural Shard, Goddess
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$145
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The upper body of a goddess or woman playing a harp - perhaps one of the Muses - remains intact in this fragment from a Roman red slip redware vessel. Redware from North Africa was in common use around the Mediterranean in Roman times and to a lesser extent in Rome's European provinces between the 2nd and 4th centuries, which makes this beautiful artifact at least 1,600 years old. More curved than our other piece of figural redware (a fish), our Muse must be a portion of an ancient bowl. The shard measures 3 1/2" x 3 1/8" and was found in Roman Tunisia. It reached us via an English antiquities dealer.

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