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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1445539
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$380.00
Highly schematized bronze horse with long legs, narrow body and slender tail.
The head with pointed snout and long ears. The casting seam close to the head not deburred.
Part of the casting channel on the croup. Rare early bronze with nice patina.
For related horses, cf. Boston Museum of Fine Art, accession no. 1970.510
Bronze
Northwestern Iran, Amlash/Marlik, Iron Age, around 900 BC
L. 5.2 cm (2 in)
H. 4.2 cm (1.7 in)
Fine and rare. Intac...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1445538
Ostracon Ancient Art
$360.00
Two-wheeled carriage with indicated hubs. The central pole with a pierced hook in front to attach it to a yoke.
Rather crudely cast with casting seams not deburred. Overall encrusted surface patina. Still nice and rare to find.
For a related chariot with horses, cf. Boston Museum of Fine Art, accession no. 1970.510
Northwestern Iran, Amlash/Marlik, Iron Age, around 900 BC
L. 6.4 cm (2.5 in)
H. 2.1 cm (0.8 in)
Fine and rare. Intact. Nice surface patina. ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Egyptian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1445460
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$1,250.00
Rare terracotta group with a rat and two mice seen side by side gnawing on the bait of a mousetrap.
According to Pedrizet perhaps an ex-voto offered by a person whose house or granary was infested with mice and rats.
Published as item no. 417, p. 151, pl. 120 (center right) in: Paul Perdrizet. Les terres cuites grecques d’Égypte de la collection Fouquet. Paris 1921. (copy of the publication record joined)
For a rat trap, cf. Petrie Archive UC16773.
Terracotta
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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Egyptian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1445459
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Maltese dog dragging a thick-soled shoe on the floor. Shown in characteristic playing posture with buttocks in the air and front legs lowered.
Wonderfully detailed animal with shaggy fur and curled tail. A thin necklace is indicated. The dog crouches on the domed top of an oval plinth.
Dogs are known to be besotted with shoes. Pedrizet points out that the small dog certainly makes a lot of noise, considering the wooden soles with their potential iron fittings.
Published as i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Egyptian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1445458
Ostracon Ancient Art
$880.00
The woman holds a naked boy on her lap and puts her index finger in his mouth to soothe teething. The couple seats close to a hearth with a pot on a partially visible fire stand.
The young woman is dressed in a chiton, a cloak is pulled over the nape of the neck. Her head shows chubby features, a Venus fold on the neck, beady eyes and purse lips.
The Severan style melon hairdo reaches to the shoulders and leaves room for large earrings.
The large, chubby child is shown bal...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1445457
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$160.00
Hellenistic head of a veiled young woman.
The small scale head with slightly worn facial features.
The forehead is covered by a wide band, the face framed by a veil along the cheeks. A crown-like shape on top.
Terracotta
Western Greek, Hellenistic Period, 3rd-2nd century BC
H. 2.4 cm (0.9 in)
H. with stand 5.5 cm (2.1 in)
Broken at the neck level. Surface slightly worn.
Swiss private collection E.K., Zürich, acquired from Ernst Deckert A...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1444240
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Large handmade statuette of a bull of dark reddish clay.
The bull is naturalistically depicted, the head fiercely raised and slightly turned to the left.
Animal of imposing, powerful appearance with wrinkled dewlap and indicated genitals. Bears evidence to the masterful animal studies of early Hellenism.
Hand-modeled, hollow inside. Remains of the original white coating which shows black overpaint in places.
Mounted on an acrylic base with collector’s label underne...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1444239
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$780.00
Moldmade Megarian bowl with floral motifs and vertical handles.
The hemispherical bowl with four rows of pointed leaflets with midrib and double contour line.
The vertical handles arching from the rounded lip to the decorated area. Standing on a ring base.
This type of late Hellenistic relief pottery was produced by workshops on the Ionian coast of Asia Minor (Turkey) and widely exported throughout the eastern Mediterranean basin.
For the leaflet decoration, cf. nos....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1444238
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Roman flask in the shape of a female head with elaborate hairdo and earrings.
The molded head with chubby facial features, the full lips slightly open to show the bare teeth.
The wavy hairstyle with a tuft of hair above the crown and side curls along the neck.
Slender spout and single handle on top.
Much use of the modeling tool. Brick-red terracotta with slightly blackened areas on the face.
Terracotta
Roman, 2nd century AD
H. 13.4 cm (5.3 in)
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Pre AD 1000 item #1443929
Ostracon Ancient Art
$450.00
Green glass bottle with squat globular body, the long cylindrical neck with horizontal ribbing.
The slightly concave base with a pontil scar.
Toilet bottles with horizontal ribbing on the cylindrical neck are a noted type reported from Islamic sites throughout Egypt. For a discussion of the type, cf. fig. 1:8-11, p. 33 in: Renata Kucharczyk. “Islamic Glass from the Auditoria on Kom el-Dikka in Alexandria”, pp. 31-41 in: Polish Archaeology in the Mediterranean XVI, Reports 2004....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman : Glass : Pre AD 1000 item #1443927
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$640.00
Free blown light green glass amphoriskos showing a tall cylindrical neck decorated with spiral trails.
Two rod handles applied to the edge of the shoulder.
The flared mouth with inward folded rim. The slightly concave base with a pontil scar.
Glass
Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, 3rd-4th century AD
H. 6 cm (2.4 in)
Intact with layers of silvery iridescence.
Swiss private collection Edgar A. Mills, prior to 1956.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman : Glass : Pre AD 1000 item #1443926
Ostracon Ancient Art
$580.00
Rare bag-shaped glass vessel with a rod handle arching over the flared rim. The shoulder decorated with spiral trails. The concave base with a pontil scar.
Semi-transparent light green glass with layers of silvery iridescence.
Glass
Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, 3rd-4th century AD
H. 6.6 cm (2.6 in)
Intact and fine. Rare shape.
Swiss private collection Edgar A. Mills, prior to 1956.

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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1443879
Ostracon Ancient Art
$1,200.00
Attic red-figure lekythos decorated with a seated woman looking into a mirror.
Her body is partially covered by a heavy himation, the pleated chiton underneath is rendered with diluted glaze.
The woman sits on a low block in front of a column with a wide capital and base.
The color of the ceramic is grey as the lekythos was exposed to fire – the vase was intentionally broken and thrown into the incineration pile; the shards were thereafter carefully recollected (only the...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1443878
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$1,650.00
Appealing terracotta head of a boy with neatly modeled features. The face shows marked eyelids, a prominent nose and fleshy lips. The chin with a nice dimple.
Moldmade and reworked with the modeling stick as noticeable with the nicely combed hair.
The Etruscans knew a great variety of votive terracottas, which they placed in their temples as thanksgiving offerings or wishes for healing.
Although the large number of votive heads and half-heads found appear to be related to he...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman : Glass : Pre AD 1000 item #1443877
Ostracon Ancient Art
$375.00
Blue-green glass bottle with piriform body and a small constriction to the cylindrical neck.
The flared mouth with inward folded rim. The slightly concave base with a pontil scar.
The surface with silvery iridescence.
Similar bottles are commonly found in Roman Period funerary contexts and sometimes referred to as lacrimaria – tear containers.
Other denominations like unguentaria (oil container) or balsamaria (balsam container) reflect alternative assumptions about ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman : Glass : Pre AD 1000 item #1443876
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$480.00
Translucent, pale green glass with seven vertical ribs along the piriform body.
Small constriction at the join to the cylindrical neck. The flared mouth with inward folded rim. Standing on a rounded base.
The surface with areas of silvery iridescence.
Similar bottles are commonly found in Roman Period funerary contexts and sometimes referred to as lacrimaria – tear containers.
Other denominations like unguentaria (oil container) or balsamaria (balsam container) ref...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Egyptian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1442916
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$4,200.00
Rare statuette of an actor depicted with the head of the fearsome Gorgon on his chest. The theatrical mask of Athena, which he would hold in his left hand, is missing.
The sullen looking young man shows almond shaped eyes, a downturned mouth, a stubbly beard and short-cropped hair.
The actor wears a long robe which is richly decorated with horizontal embroidery, and can be interpreted as an oriental stage garment. The ends of a cloak are slipped under a breast band.
The acto...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1442875
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$4,800.00
Large black-figure skyphos decorated with reclining men facing rams. Female attendants on either side walk away as they look back.
The men rest on mats, their elbows propped on pillows, three loaves of bread at their sides. The men are of different ages, the older one has a beard.
Both wear the petasos, the hat of travelers and farmers, and are dressed in a white chiton and a heavy himation decorated with red dots.
The rams in front of them show incisions and details in appl...