Ostracon Ancient Art, fine antiquities
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Pre AD 1000 item #1482468
Ostracon Ancient Art
$680.00
Hand-modeled female figure with bird-like facial features, including applied eyes and a pointed beak-like nose. At the nape a trapezoidal hair design fixed with a clay strip.
Her left arm placed over the chest, the other to her thigh. Wide angular shoulders. The neck enhanced with a collar of tiny beads.
The body in the shape of a simple column with slightly evert foot.
Terracotta
H. 10.4 cm (4.1 in)
Near Eastern, Syro-Hittite, 2nd Millennium BC
Intact ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman : Bronze : Pre AD 1000 item #1481703
Ostracon Ancient Art
$380.00
Rare amuletic pendant in the form of a herm with youthful bust to the top. The slender square section pillar shaped body with lugs to the side. A suspension loop to the back.
Herms were used as boundary markers on roads and borders. They were also placed outside houses to ward off harm or evil. In its amuletic form the herm was associated with fertility and good luck.
Bronze
Roman, 1st-2nd century AD
H. 3.3 cm (1.3 in)
Intact, fine condition. Soil deposits.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman : Glass : Pre AD 1000 item #1481702
Ostracon Ancient Art
$880.00
Pear-shaped flask decorated with concentric circles and cross-hatched diamonds on the body.
The tubular neck with folded rim was applied separately. Slightly pushed-in base with traces of a pontil mark.
Glass of dull amber in color with patches of iridescence.
Glass
Roman, Eastern Mediterranean, 3rd-4th century AD
H. 13 cm (5.1 in)
Intact. Weathered areas and silvery iridescence.
Swiss private collection Zurich.

The authenticity of ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Pre AD 1000 item #1481240
Ostracon Ancient Art
$850.00
Slender bronze axe head with rounded cutting edge and eyelet on the narrow side.
The upper lobes bent inwards to better fit the forked shaft, which was fixed with twine or rawhide. Hook-like projections on the neck.
Palstave is the typical axe form of the Middle Bronze Age, 1500-1275 BC. Late palstave types tend to have narrower blades, as in our case.
For the type, cf. fig. 4.4.3, p. 83 in: Ulrike Weller. Äxte und Beile. Berlin 2018. The range of the type includes Central ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Prehistorical item #1481239
Ostracon Ancient Art
$280.00
Large lanceolate hand axe made of a flake of tan quartzite. Bifacial tool with carefully worked front side. The rougher back side with fewer removals. Cutting edges and surface weathered by sand and wind action.
This type of tool making stands for the presence of Palaeolithic populations in North Africa.
For the hominid evolution in the Sahara and North Africa, cf. Brown University Course ARCH 1616: Brett Kaufman. Between Sahara and Sea: North Africa from Human Origins to Islam. Pr...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Prehistorical item #1481238
Ostracon Ancient Art
$180.00
Large ovate hand axe made of a flake of tan quartzite. Bifacial tool with neat front side, the coarser back side with some removal of flakes. The continuous cutting edge weathered by sand and wind action.
This type of tool making is characteristic of the presence of Palaeolithic populations in North Africa.
For the hominid evolution in the Sahara and North Africa, cf. Brown University Course ARCH 1616 (pdf): Brett Kaufman. Between Sahara and Sea: North Africa from Human Origins to ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Prehistorical item #1481237
Ostracon Ancient Art
$180.00
Large ovate hand axe made of a flake of tan quartzite. Bifacial tool with carefully worked front side. The rougher back side with fewer removals. The continuous cutting edge weathered by sand and wind action.
This type of tool stands for the presence of Palaeolithic populations in North Africa.
For the hominid evolution in the Sahara and in North Africa, cf. Brown University Course ARCH 1616: Brett Kaufman. Between Sahara and Sea: North Africa from Human Origins to Islam. Providenc...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1480779
Ostracon Ancient Art
$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...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1480187
Ostracon Ancient Art
$420.00
Fine rim fragment showing the fight of Herakles against the snake-headed hydra.
The hero brandishes his club while three snake heads appear in front of his chest. The monster’s body winds around the hero’s legs.
Herakles is shown with a muscular body. His face is carefully rendered, as well as the fur of the lion’s skin or the knobs of his club.
The hydra shows tiny scales on the body and the snake heads.
The present Herakles scene comes from the same mold as ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Egyptian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1479568
Ostracon Ancient Art
$1,850.00
Votive figure of a naked woman, standing with her arms to the thighs. The head shows schematic features and a casket like wig. Schematic rendering of the body, crudely carved in the round.
Enhanced with red and black painted decoration. Red for the necklaze, the upper arm bracelets and the (decorative lines) around the shins. Remains of black on the hair and the pelvic triangle.
Freestanding figures are comparatively rare. Other variants show women standing within shrines or niche...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1479567
Ostracon Ancient Art
$780.00
Rare terracotta draped Corinthian column, the details of the capital and the drapery finely modeled.
The motif is uncommon and supposed to bear some funerary significance.
Behind the monograms ΠΓ. A small vent hole below the inscription.
For a related item, cf. The British Museum Collection, inventory no. 1220.131, found at the Halikarnassos mausoleum excavations of 1857.
Terracotta
(East) Greek, late 2nd to 1st century BC
H. 7.5 cm (3 in)
Intact...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1479566
Ostracon Ancient Art
$580.00
Miniature perfume vessel decorated with three running dogs between narrow encircling lines. Dot-rosettes in the field and on the shoulder. Solid rays on the rim and around the foot.
Conical shape pointed towards the hollowed foot. A strap handle joins the disk rim with the shoulder.
Ceramic
Proto-Corinthian, around 650 BC
H. 6.1 cm (2.4 in)
Neck and one fragment at the rim reattached. Creamy white slip with root marks. Black glaze partially worn and crazed in ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1477666
Ostracon Ancient Art
$850.00
Pointed aryballos decorated with compass-drawn scales highlighted with purple dots.
Tongue pattern down the shoulder, above the foot and on the flattened rim. Zig-zag decoration on the strap handle.
For a related, less pointed aryballos, cf. British Museum inv. no. 1860,0201.27.
Ceramic
Early Corinthian, 625-600 BC
H. 10.8 cm (4.3 in)
Fine condition. Intact with peeled off areas on the applied glaze.
Ex South German private collection, since the ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1477034
Ostracon Ancient Art
$4,200.00
A draped youth strides to the left and holds a sprouting tendril. His hidden left hand rests on the hip and creates a radiating sequence of suspended folds.
For a related motif, cf. Beazley database no. 9031314.
Much preliminary sketch. The delicate inside drawing rendered with a bristle brush or a hair, dipped in thick paint. The ground line with a band of ovolos.
Two bands of strokes on the reserved shoulder. The side of the foot plate grooved.
Ceramic
Athens...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman : Glass : Pre AD 1000 item #1477033
Ostracon Ancient Art
$950.00
Amber colored glass jug with flared rim folded over on the sides and tooled into a trefoil shape.
The cylindrical neck widening towards the bulbous body with round bottom.
The rod handle applied as a pad to the edge of shoulder, drawn up and slightly outwards, then turned down and in, and trailed onto back of rim.
Translucent amber glass, handle slightly darker.
Glass, blown
Roman, 2nd-3rd century AD
H. 10 cm
Intact and fine. Pinprick bubbles and...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Egyptian : Stone : Pre AD 1000 item #1476463
Ostracon Ancient Art
$3,200.00
Wall fragment rendered in sunk hieroglyphs showing a nicely carved vulture over a shallow bowl and the sign for bread. The sequence mentions the goddess Mut and can be completed to the recurring epithet ‘Mut mistress of the sky’ [Mwt nbt pt].
The feet of another bird appear over the vulture.
Mut was an ancient Egyptian sky goddess and great divine mother. During the 18th Dynasty she formed the Theban triad together with the god Amun and her youthful son Khons. The name Mut also...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1476462
Ostracon Ancient Art
$2,600.00
Large kylix with the sketchily depiction of a woman in the tondo. The lady takes a smell at a flower in front of her face. The style is cursory, the details keenly applied with a brush.
Singular Italic imitation of a Greek cup, executed by a local artist of limited experience.
For a comparable cup from the Peucetian settlement of Ruvo, cf. fig. 6.6 in: Ada Riccardi. The Italic People of Ancient Apulia. Cambridge 2014.
The firing process was stopped too late turning to a warm...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1475998
Ostracon Ancient Art
$12,600.00
Large Attic pelike of the Kerch style decorated with an Arimasp on horseback fighting off two griffins. The Amazon is riding a prancing horse, turns back and raises her sword-wielding arm above the head.
The woman wears a Phrygian cap and is clad in an oriental costume with trousers. Her defeated companion lays on the ground. The griffins with reserved wings.
Three draped youths on the reverse, the leftmost holding a staff. Their cursory style is reminiscent of the Group G(riffin)....