Head of the Buddha shown with solemn expression. The refined facial features with arched eyebrows over heavy lidded eyes and a sensitively modeled mouth with purse lips.
The half open eyes with their barely indicated irises confer the head a meditative gaze.
The hair is delicately textured with a central bun (usnisha) on top.
The idealized style is reminiscent of Greek Hellenistic sculpture which lived on among Gandharan artists.
Gandhara, 3rd/4th century AD.
H. 7.7 cm (3 in), H...
Core-shaped Ghaznavid kohl flask enhanced with concentric circles on the body. The high tubular top with stylized bird heads to the sides.
Finely carved light turquoise stone with a deep drill hole through the top.
The Ghaznavid dynasty originated from Turkic slave-guards and lasted from 977 to 1186 AD...
A wonderful compact and finely made bronze spear, Neo-Assyrian, ca. 900-600 BC.
This spear point of a very advanced weapons type for antiquity with slight variation also used by the greeks and late European bronze age; a blade with a strongly pronounced mid-rib for strenghtening the trust, a re-enforced folded and hammered socket, made to take a big pole.
Size: 22,5 cm.
Condition: Choice! Wonderful metal and nice brown and green patina.
Dating: Mid-19th Century
Provenance: Ottoman Empire, Turkey
Circular, convex, iron shield provided with four studs with star-shaped base; the surface decorated with silver floral and geometrical motifs. At the inside four suspension rings, two of them with leather handle.
Dimensions: Diameter 34.5 cm. No condition issues.
A wonderful and massive bronze dress-pin for the type, Luristan, dating 2nd. millenium BC.
The pin gradually thickens to a massive rounded finial.
The upperpart of the pin is decorated with 14 concenthric lines in deep relief.
Size: 256 mm. and ca. 85 grams, so a very large specimen, rarely seen.
Condition: Superb! Exceptional green patina and superb metal.
A very attractive bronze dagger, Caspian Sea / Caucasian type, ca. 1000 BC
A finely shaped handle and well-proportioned dagger. The handle was made to take inlays of bone or stone, now lost. The blade thick tappering to sharper edges.
Size: 29,5 cm.
Condition: Choice, with a fine red and green patina.
Ex. Old Danish Private Collection of ancient weapons.
c. 1st Millennium B.C
Cast bronze figure of an ibex with nice detail including ribbed horns and a collar which continues into the suspension loop.
In excellent and original condition with nice patina.
Extremely rare example.
1.9 x 1.2 inches (5 x 2.9 cm)
Plexiglas stand, worldwide shipping and Certificate of Authenticity included in price...
A very interesting and rare larger bronze temple Elephant Bell, Indonesia, Central Java, Kadiri Period 929-1222 AD century AD.
The shape is quite peculiar for this Bell, could be architectorial, made to look like a roof of a temple - it has the almost exact shape of a 16th. cent. Italian cabasset helmet. A large and very attractive bell with a large loop at the top.
Size: ca. 15,5 cm. wide and 13,5 cm. tall...
A very rare and important Scaraboid, inscribed, Phoenician, 9th.-7th. century BC.
Highly interesting seal made of black stone, perhaps serpentine, in the stylized Scarab shape, inspired from the Egyptian Scarabs and Scaraboids.
The is inscribed with a two line inscription, including what looks like Phoenician type of Hieroglyphs, untranslated.
Size: 18 mm. x 14 mm.
Condition: Choice! Quite sharp and intact.
A rare red stone stamp seal, likely Syrian or Levantine, Canaanites 1st. mill. BC.
The seal of the Trapezoid / Pyramidal shape pierced in the top and engraved on all 5 sides with detailed engravings.
Size: ca. 14 mm. high.
Ex R.T. Private collection, since 1958 in Münich, Germany.
A scarce and interesting bronze seal, engraved with a bullor Goat and wih a large loop, Anatolian, late 2nd.-1st. mill. BC.
The seal with an attractive green patina.
Size: 19 mm. tall.
Ex. Collection of Dr. Grözinger, Germany, before 1962.
A Mesopotamian stamp seal in black Sepentine stone, dating 4th.-3rd. millenium BC.
Interesting pre-dynastic seal with two sides: a Horse and a stately standing figure, that looks a like a god or King. On the sides lines engraved.
Size: 2,5 cm. long and 1,7 cm. wide, so a good size seal.
Ex. South German Private Collection, comes with a COA
A beautiful bronze figure of a double stag with greatly curved horns, Luristan, 2nd. millenium BC.
The bronze figure with a loop to serve as an amulet; it has to nfine heads with horns and two foreparts of stag bodies with 4 legs in total.
Size: 43 mm. long and 32 mm. tall.
Condition: Choice!, completely intact with a fine patina.
Ex. Old German Collection, collected in the 1960s-1970s
A VERY RARE PERSIAN BRONZE STAMP SEAL, Achaemenid Empire, c. 600-400 BC.
A fantastic S-shaped bronze seal with a loop on the back and depicting a standing lion.
The seal of Achaemenid manifacture and done in a wonderful vivid Persian style.
Size: 19-20 mm.
Condition: Superb! uncleaned and sharp of fine metal.
A high quality and very large low bronze bowl, Greco-persian, ca. 5th.-3rd. century BC.
Wonderful style low bronze bowl, possibly a food bowl, with a particularly fine concentric decoration with a round raised pellet in the center and lines in relief around.
A gem bronze antiquity with a marvelous redish, purple and green patina with much uncleaned dirt.
Size: 22,2 cm. wide and 6 cm. tall.
Ex. Old Danish Collection
A very large ancient bronze dagger, Western Asia, ca. 1200-1000 BC.
The dagger very long with a narrow blade, and an integral handle, made to take inlays of bone or wood, now lost.
Size: ca. 38-39 cm. so the size of an ancient short sword!
Condition: Choice, slight wavy blade, fine dark green patina.
Ex. Dæhnfendt Collection, c. 1990.
Luristan, 900-700 BCE
The Luristan culture is known for their beautiful and intricate bronze work as well as their fighting prowess. It is therefore no surprise that their weaponry would be high quality and functional while still maintaining some of the characteristic Luristan charm. This example has a ribbed blade which connects to a flat hilt with two curved indents and raised geometric designs...
A fine matching pair of nicely decorated Indus Valley pottery jars, dating to c. 3rd mill. BC. Probably Mehrgarh-civilisation.
The jars of a vase form small round base, painted zoomorphic motif of a lions and multible fishes.
Size: 12-13 cm. tall each.
Condition: Nice lot, the fish jar is completely intact, the lion jar has a repaired crack, some typical wear to the decoration.
Ex. Danish Private collection.