Ancient Egyptian alabaster fragment, depicting a male head wearing a large, striated wig, with remains of facial details. Appears to have a hand holding the head, from the back of the head. 3 inches wide X 2 1/4 high. Middle Kingdom, early 12th Dynasty, period of Amenemhat I/Sesostris I, 1938-1875 B.C.
Mounted. From an old NYC private collection. Said to be from an old British private collection, purchased on the London art market @ 3 years ago. For similar see -https://www.sothebys.com/en/au...
An ancient Egyptian, hollow bronze head of a cat. With well-defined, prominent feline details. 2 1/8 inches high. 3rd Intermediate Period, 1000-700 BC. Mounted. Repaired with original bronze pieces pieced together and appears to be reinforced with plaster internally.
Ex. collection of M.S. Originally from Hoboken, Belgium.
Finely detailed glass inlay of a falcon head. Possibly depicting Horus. 600-300 B.C. 1.5 inches high. Purchased on the Netherlands art market. Said to be from an old Mechelen, Belgium private collection. Rare. Repaired.
Ancient egyptian fayence ushabti of Osiris "Tanethut"
j Sbt(.jw) n Wsjr tA-(n.t)-Hw.t (2) mAa.t-xrw jr njs(.tw=k) r jr jrr.t (3) m jm n kA.t=k n.t jmnt.t
Oh, you ushabtis of Osiris, Tanethut the justified one. If you are called to do, what must be done there as your work of the West (which means realm of the death)
This text is a version of the ushabti saying (Book of the Dead – Saying number 6). The name Tahut or Tanethut “the one belonging to the temple...
Beautiful and tall glove puppet ; every part is ancient, the head being the oldest part, at least 19thC.
H. of the puppet : 45 cms, H. of the head ( to the base of the neck): 11 cms, W. of the head : 5 cms . South of China.
Rectangular base of a bronze striding figure. Depicting the feet of the figure, with defined toes along with a hieroglyphic inscription around the perimeter. Inscription reads "Given Life, The Great God, Given Life, Health, Venerated One, Given to the Lord of the House." Measures 4 3/4 inches X long X 2 inches wide. Mounted. From an old French collection. Comes with a French passport.
Nice lot of 4 scarabs with different motifs, all from the Eberhard Hanfstaengl collection.
Condition: F-VF, one intact, the others with minor corr. or smaller chips.
Provenance: Formerly in the private collection of Eberhard Hanfstaengl (1886-1973). He was a famous German Art director and head of the Berlin National Gallery as well as other higher positions. Educated as Art Historian. Comes with COA.
Late Bronze Age IIA-B ; c. 1450-1200 BC
An imitation of Mycenaean forms, this juglet is expertly carved for use as a container for perfume or other ointments. Comprised of a tapering body on a flatted base, the neck is flared and with a small handle carved from rim to shoulder.
In excellent and original condition. An extremely rare example.
A similar example can be found in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (Accession number 74.51.5085)
11.10 x 6.80 cm (4.37 x 2.68 inche...
An Art Deco bakelite and celluloid snake upper arm bracelet circa 1920s. This genuine period survivor measures 3" x 2-7/8" across the interior and the snake's heads are 5/16" across and both have cobalt blue glass rhinestone eyes. The body is black celluloid with an applied clear yellow layer over a bed of embedded sparkly metallic confetti. This Egyptian style figural bracelet is in mostly excellent condition with no chips, cracks, losses, damage or repairs other than some groove striations/lin...
Rare Chinese Sui Dynasty Glazed & Painted Pottery Horse & Rider (AD 581 - 618) (Ex. Roger Moss Collection)
This rare and finely-detailed model of a horse and rider was made during the Sui Dynasty. The horse stands upright with head straight ahead but slightly lowered. The dignitary sits upright upon the horse with his hands raised and wears elaborate robes and headgear. It is made from a relatively highly-fired buff-coloured pottery. It is coated in a finely-crackled straw-coloured glaze tha...
Late Bronze Age-Early Iron Age I; c. 1400-1150 BC
Rendered in a linear style this seal depicts a seated figure facing right with his arms stretched before him. To the left a human figure wearing a round cap and a fringed skirt stands between two anthropomorphized figures, one with a bulls head and one with a birds head, in procession. With linear border.
In exceptional and original condition.
2.1 x .9 cm (.826 x .354 inches)
Certificate of Authenticity and Export Approv...
Fine Chinese Tang Dynasty Painted Pottery Female Courtier ("Fat Lady") with Oxford TL Test - AD 618 - 906
Arguably the most desirable pottery sculpture from the Tang Dynasty is the female courtier, or "fat lady". This figure was made around the mid 8th century and is a particularly elegant example. The lady stands with her hands clasped together under her flowing robe and her head turned a little to the left. Note also the elaborate hairstyle. It is relatively highly-fired and made from a bu...
Rare Chinese Neolithic Pottery Tripod with Oxford TL Test
This fine and interesting pottery vessel was made over 3,000 years ago during the Chinese Neolithic or early Bronze Age. The form is of a cooking vessel and the three wide udder-shaped legs allow it to be stood in a fire with as much heat as possible being transmitted to its contents. It is not always easy to determine exactly which culture such vessels come from as similar vessels were made by various Chinese cultures. However, we un...
Offered is an extremely rare, C1920s, Federal agency building sign denoting offices for the Bureau For Colored Children. It is quite likely that this 100+ year old sign remains the only one in existence today.
Given that this sign is clearly segregating services for African-American children despite the fact that this was a federal agency, one can only hypothesize that this sign was placed on the exterior of a federal building in a state that endorsed and enforced segregation.
A quick hist...
"Best work ever in English on Chinese funerary figures. . " New Reference Book:
Celestial Horses and Long Sleeve Dancers: The David W. Dewey Collection of Ancient Chinese Tomb Sculpture by
Robert D. Jacobsen (English Edition).
Whereas many books on this subject will repeatedly describe and illustrate the same ancient Chinese pottery objects on display in public museums, this outstanding book contains fine photographs of items from a most impressive private collection: items not previousl...
Geese and Reeds Painting (Noando) on fine silk mounted on luxurious gold silk by Yang Ki Hun aka Seokyeon (1843-1897) from Pyeongyang, signed Seokyeon. Yang Ki Hun's signature 'boneless' style (painting without outlines, using ink washes) beautifully captures light and shade. The literal meaning of 'noando' is reed and geese painting, but it is a play on words, as 'no' means both reed and old, and 'an' means both geese and comfort ('do' means painting). So 'noan' can mean 'reed and geese' or 'ol...
Beautifully Framed Zen Buddhist Painting of a Pair of Cranes Flying Past the Moon by the Famous Korean Jeju Island Monk, Ko Chang Nyul aka Jung Kwang Sunim aka the Mad Monk (1935-2002). The third photo here is from a prominent dealer's "sale" going on right now on Jung Kwang paintings, where you will see the prices are several times higher than mine. This other gallery has been in business for over forty years and has sold to many of the major museums. A google search of Jung Kwang Mad Monk will...
A very rare piece of hand wrought sterling silver modernist jewelry by the San Francisco Metalsmith, Harry Dixon.
This unusual massive cuff bracelet has a large spinach green and yellow striated raised agate. Very three dimensional.
Measures 5 1/2" around with an opening of 1 1/8". Does not have much flexibilty. Measures 2 7/8" wide at the front. Weighs 105 gr.
Marked with a stamped Harry Dixon and Sterling.
Has some minor surface scratches and a little tarnish.
A rare sterling silver modernist necklace by Phyllis Sklar, American Mid Century jeweler. This piece has a sterling wire overlay on a darkened, oxidized surface adorned with an oval moonstone cabochon, three small pearls, a green bezel set stone, (maybe jade) and dangles of pale green and dark red bezel set cabochons.
Measures 16 1/2" long with a 1 3/4" drop in the center. Has the stylized 'p' hallmark, phyllis and sterling on the back.
Interesting contrast between the oxidized and shiny s...