All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1412879
A superb ancient bronze lance, Scythian Empire in Margiana, early 1st. millenium BC

A particularly well made and finely preserved bronze lance with a strongly pronounced central midrib made to enforce the trusting power of the lance. The blade very sharp and pointy. Long tang that twists in the end, ending in a small knob, that would have secured a better hold to the pole.

A scarce later bronze age or early iron age bronze weapon, refined and excellent...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1412856
A bronze Scythe, Turkmenistan / Caspian Sea Area, bronzeage 2nd.-1st. mill. BC.

Interesting large and very sharp blade, used as a harvesting tool and sometimes as a weapon as well. European bronzeage scythe blades (sicles) are fairly commenly sold on the market whereas sicles from the Near east or western asian bronzeage cultures are very scarce indeed. This specimen is larger than most European blades, whith a highly sharpened blade and a thick slightly bended back of blade...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Stone : Pre AD 1000 item #1412537
A choice and scarce cylinder seal with old provenance, Old Babylonian Kingdom ca. 1900-1800 BC.

The seal carved in black hardstone, likely serpentine with beautiful scene of a demi-god leading worshipper before the throne of the supreme god Enki or Ea.

Size: 23-24 mm. tall and ca. 1 cm. thick.

Condition: Choice, finely carved and minimal corrosion with a fine imprint...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Stone : Pre AD 1000 item #1412533
A high quality cylinder seal, Kingdom of the Mitanni, dating to the 15th.-14th. century BC.

This seal dates to the period known as the Mitannian Empire when much of northern Mesopotamia was under the control of people who spoke a language called Hurrian.

Interesting and beautiful carving with 3 of the elongated figures typical for the Mitannian seals, representing gods or worshippers. Very tall and slim design with a space divider as well...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Stone : Pre AD 1000 item #1412532
An important and exceptionally beautiful stamp seal, Achaemenid, ca. 600-400 BC.

Carved and finely polished in a lovely banded agate stone; engraved on the seal with a pair of confronting animals. Spectacular seal that does not come much better than this and of a rare large size. Of scaraboid shape, typical of the stamp seals of the early greco-Persian period.

Size: 34 mm. in length and ca. 23 mm. wide...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1412095
Ancient Near East, Luristan, ca. 1200 to 800 BC. A massive really elaborate bronze cloak pin, cast via the lost wax (cire perdue) process with poppy flower shaped terminal.

Used to fasten clothes, in this case due to the unusually heavy fabric and decoration, likely leather for presentation use - perhaps for a very thick cape or leather armor...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1412094
Ancient Near East, Luristan, ca. 1200 to 800 BC. A large elaborate bronze cloak pin, cast via the lost wax (cire perdue) process with poppy flower shaped terminal.

Used to fasten clothes, in this case due to the unusually heavy fabric and decoration, likely leather for presentation use - perhaps for a very thick cape or leather armor...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1412093
Interesting and rare type of broad bronze short-sword or large Parazonium, Greco-Persian period, ca 600 BC.

High quality blade of bronze, deeply ridged in a complicated pattern and with a short tang for the handle, now lost.

Size: ca 33,5 cm. long and up to 7 cm. broad! (max.)

Condition: Intact, nice metal, though with some corrosion and uncleaned encrustations. Small ding to the edge. Fine vivid green patina.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1412092
A broad short sword or large Parazonium, Greco-Persian type, Ancient Near East, ca. 800-600 BC.

High quality blade of bronze, deeply ridged in a complicated pattern and with a short tang for the handle, now lost. Extremely nice and scarce tanged short sword.

Size: ca 35 cm. long but as much as 7,3 cm...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1412055
A superb quality Islamic bowl, Islamic, 12th century A.D. (494 AH – 597 AH). Central Asia - Bamiyan.

Pearly white glaze with Sgraffito decoration (relief), pottery bowl with flaring body rising from a short foot. The sides decorated with a beautiful Sgraffito pattern of ovals and center and rim decorated with splashes of brown.

Condition: Choice. Almost perfectly intact and with fine grazing and inherent iridescence.

Size: 8,8 cm. wide and approx 4,2 cm. high. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1412031
A superb quality Islamic bowl, Islamic, 12th century A.D. (494 AH – 597 AH). Central Asia - Bamiyan.

Substantial for type and perhaps the most interesting we have of this type! Pearly white glaze with very pronounced Sgraffito decoration (relief-carving) of a floral design, pottery bowl with flaring body rising from a short foot, the rim decorated with splashes of brown glaze.

Condition: Superb for type. Almost perfectly intact and with fine grazing and fully covered in s...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1412027
A superb quality Islamic bowl, Islamic, 12th century A.D. (494 AH – 597 AH). Central Asia - Bamiyan.

Pearly white glaze with Sgraffito decoration (relief), pottery bowl with flaring body rising from a short foot. The sides decorated with a beautiful Sgraffito pattern of ovals and center and rim decorated with splashes of brown.

Condition: Choice. Almost perfectly intact and with fine grazing and inherent iridescence.

Size: 9 cm. wide and approx 4,2 cm. high.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Ceramics : Pre AD 1000 item #1412026
A superb quality Islamic bowl, Islamic, 12th century A.D. (494 AH – 597 AH). Central Asia - Bamiyan.

Turquoise glazed, pottery bowl with flaring body rising from a short foot. The sides and center decorated with a floral patterns or perhaps stylized birds(?) and a star-shaped or radiated element.

Condition: Superb. Remnants of gold iridescence patina that is difficult to picture.

Size: 9,8 cm. wide and approx 4,8 cm. high.

Ex. Danish Private Collecti...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Ceramics : Pre 1492 item #1412024
A superb quality Islamic bowl, Islamic, 12th century A.D. (494 AH – 597 AH). Central Asia - Bamiyan.

Turquoise glazed, pottery bowl with flaring body rising from a short foot. The sides and center decorated with a beautiful floral patterns.

Condition: Superb. Fine iridescence patina that is difficult to picture.

Size: 10,3 cm. wide and approx 5 cm. high.

Ex. Danish Private Collection, from the London Antiquities market of the 1990s.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1411873 (stock #3341)
Luristan Bronze Standard Finial, Master of Animals, custom marble stand, 9th - 7th Century BCE. Bronze is 7" x 2 1/4" x 1/2", on stand 9" high. In excellent condition. Ex: B. Rhodes collection, Florida. BRONZES OF LURISTAN, the accepted term for a distinct body of metalwork produced in the first half of the first millennium B.C. and characterized by a wide range of idiosyncratic forms and a highly stylized conception of human and animal representation. These bronzes are to be distinguished from ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1411870 (stock #3340)
Iron Age Bronze Antelope, ca 1000 BCE. Bronze is 2" x 3 1/2" x 1 1/2", on stand 1/2" x 4" x 2". In excellent condition. Ex: B. Rhodes collection, Florida. The Iron Age is the final epoch of the three-age division of the prehistory and protohistory of humanity. It was preceded by the Stone Age (Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, and Chalcolithic) and the Bronze Age. The concept has been mostly applied to Europe and the Ancient Near East, and, by analogy, also to other parts of the Old World. Th...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1411867 (stock #3339)
Luristan Bronze Bull head on iron rod, custom stand, 8th - 7th Century BCE. Head 1 1/2" high x 1" x 1", on stand 5" high. In excellent condition. Ex: Bruce Rhodes collection. The Iron Age is the final epoch of the three-age division of the prehistory and protohistory of humanity. It was preceded by the Stone Age (Paleolithic, Mesolithic, Neolithic, and Chalcolithic) and the Bronze Age. The concept has been mostly applied to Europe and the Ancient Near East, and, by analogy, also to other parts o...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Ceramics : Pre AD 1000 item #1411772
A fine pair of different and nicely decorated Indus Valley pottery jars, dating to c. 3rd mill. BC. Probably Mehrgarh-civilisation.

One of the jars is of a vase form with a small round base and a flaring rim, the other of a typical Indus form with conical walls, both with painted motifs of fishes and geomethric forms.

Size: 1,3 cm. high and 10 cm. wide for the conical form, and ca. 11,5 cm. tall for the vase.

Condition: Choice lot! Intact with fine decoration. Mi...