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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1182739 (stock #1872)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
Chimu Inca Pottery Effigy figure holding a spondylus shell and wearing a botanical headdress. Peru, ca 1200 - 1500 CE. His face in a wide grin, hands clasped in front. Deeply incised facial features, hair, and clothing, h. 9" with custom stand. The Chimu people (900-1450 CE) of Peru produced distinctive blackware pottery. The vessels were created by smoldering flames during the firing and then buffing the surface to produce a dull sheen. Many of the pottery forms were adapted from the Moche cult...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1700 item #1189781 (stock #1947)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
Ming Dynasty finely carved stone head of Guan Yin, China (1368 - 1644 CE) Guan Yin is the goddess of Mercy and Compassion. Rounded face, lovely almond eyes and elongated ears, curled lips, hair in chignon surmounted by conical headdress. Ex: Angela Lamm collection, New York. In excellent condition. 12" high
All Items : Fine Art : Mixed Media : Pre 2000 item #1399280 (stock #3332)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
Chanan Mazal, Blessing for the Sabbath Candles, Original Illumination, 1997. Frame size 18 1/4" x 14 3/4", Illumination 12" x 8 1/2". Illuminated manuscript, handwritten book that has been decorated with gold or silver, brilliant colors, or elaborate designs or miniature pictures. Though various Islamic societies also practiced this art, Europe had the longest and probably the most highly developed tradition of illuminating manuscripts. This illumination is set in Germany and reflects the histor...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Pre AD 1000 item #1367795 (stock #3221)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
Rare Early Bronze Age II Terracotta Kernos, ca. 3150 - 2150. Professionally repaired as seen in images. 5" x 6" x 6". Ex: Archaeological Center Ltd, Jerusalem. Cult vessel with four offering bowls with a drain tube leading to a circular base. Ring was probably used as a libation vessel during religious ceremonies in ancient Palestine. It consists of a hollow clay ring with hollow clay attachments. Similar to types excavated at Bab ad-Dra. In the typology of ancient Greek pottery, the kernos (pl...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre AD 1000 item #1389727 (stock #3276)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
Assyrian, or Urartian, Bronze figure of a recumbent Lion, ca. 8th - 7th Century BCE. With gaping jaw and bulging eyes, the mane a mass of wavy hair on the sides, incised rows on the top, his tail curving on to his flank, a tapering pin, square in section, protruding from the back suggesting the figure served as a support. In excellent condition 1 1/4" x 1 7/8" x 1/4", on custom stand 2" high. Ex: Christie's New York. Assyria was a major Semitic-speaking Mesopotamian kingdom and empire of the anc...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1391520 (stock #3297)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
Extemely Large Roman (North African) Oil Lamp with Griffin Motif, ca. 4th Century CE. 2" x 3 1/2" x 5", and in excellent condition. Ex: Archaeological Center, Tel Avia. Mold made with ring base and flat elongated knob handle. Collection number on reverse. This is an extremely lovely and large lamp. The griffin was a favorite decorative motif in the ancient Middle Eastern and Mediterranean lands. Probably originating in the Levant in the 2nd millennium BCE, the griffin had spread throughout weste...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1800 item #1285314 (stock #3088)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
Late 18th / Early 19th Century Qing Dynasty Blanc de Chine Porcelain Guan Yin riding a Dragon, village of Dehua, Fujian Province China, ca. 1775 - 1825. With closed eyes and delicate curved fingers holding a ruyi (septre.) Wearing a beaded dress with right foot propped on knee. Dragon has pleasing, smilng face, beaded brows, and furry mane and tail. Intact and in excellent condition. 9" high x 6" wide x 4" deep. Guan Yin is the bodhisattva of compassion, revered by Buddhists as the Goddess of M...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Near Eastern : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1192203 (stock #1971)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
Early 20th Century decorative handmade brass and silver box from Damascus to hold Quran, ca. 1900 CE. This city thought to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. 10" x 12" x 8". Muslims believe that the Quran was verbally revealed from God to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel (Jibril), gradually over a period of approximately 23 years, beginning on 22 December 609 CE, when Muhammad was 40, and concluding in 632 CE, the year of his death. Muslim tradition mention several compani...