Art of the Ancient World Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Byzantine, Eg yptian, & Near Eastern Antiquities
Celebrating our 70th Anniversary
Volume XXIII - 2012
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No. 90 - Art of the Ancient World - Vol. XXIII - January 2012 We are pleased to issue this catalog celebrating our 70th anniversary of dealing in classical numismatics and our 58th year of dealing in ancient art. It illustrates in full color 251 selected antiquities priced from $1,250 to over $300,000. This publication is one of a continuing series primarily illustrating new acquisitions featured in our New York galleries, where over two thousand fine works of art are on permanent display. All of the antiquities in this catalog are displayed at our New York gallery, the largest and most extensive collection of the ancient arts ever exhibited for sale. In addition to the many masterworks of ancient art, there is a wide variety of fine items on display priced from $100 to $1,000 and up, including Greek and Roman coins and Old Master prints and drawings, perfect for the beginning collector or for that very special gift. A few of the pieces illustrated may not be available since they were sold while the catalog was in preparation, but a number of other newly acquired objects will be on display in our New York gallery and on our website: www.royalathena.com, updated weekly.
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Every object purchased by our galleries has been legally acquired. If imported by us into the United States, we have done so in compliance with all federal regulations and have given full consideration to all international treaties governing objects of cultural importance. Antiquities priced at $10,000 or more are now checked and registered with the Art Loss Registry in London. All of our objects are clearly labeled with complete descriptions and prices. Condition reports on all the objects are available upon request. We encourage browsing and are happy to assist and advise both the amateur and the serious collector. We urge our prospective clients to ‘shop around’, for we are proud of our quality, expertise, and competitive pricing. Appointments may be arranged outside of regular gallery hours for clients desiring privacy. Updated price lists for our catalogs are available upon request. For terms and conditions of sale see the inside back cover. COVER PHOTOS: no. 41 Set of three Etruscan bronze brazier feet: Gorgon rising from foliage. Ca. 500-475 BC. H. 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) ; W. 8 1/2 in. (20.5 cm.) Back cover: no. 19 Important Roman marble Aphrodite (Venus) 1st Century BC/AD. H. 22 in. (56 cm.) Text and catalog design by Jerome M. Eisenberg, Ph.D., and F. Williamson Price Photography by Ramon Perez
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Art of the Ancient World Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Byzantine, Eg yptian, & Near Eastern Antiquities
Volume XXII - 2012
Table of Contents CLASSICAL ART Greek Marble Sculptures Roman Marble Sculptures Greek Bronze Sculptures Etruscan Bronze Sculptures Roman Bronze Sculptures, etc. Sardinian & Iberian Bronze Sculptures Ancient Arms and Armor Ancient Terracottas Early Greek Vases Attic Black-figure Vases Attic Red-figure Vases South Italian Vases Etruscan Vases Celtiberian Vases Ancient Glass Ancient Jewelry Ancient Varia
3 7 27 28 32 41 42 46 50 50 52 53 57 60 61 62 68
BYZANTINE ART PREHISTORIC OBJECTS ANCIENT VARIA
64 66 68
EGYPTIAN ART Egyptian Stone Sculptures and Reliefs Egyptian Bronze Sculptures Egyptian Ushabtis Egyptian Faience Egyptian Wood Sculptures Egyptian Varia
71 75 80 81 84 87
NEAR EASTERN ART
COLLECTING ANCIENT ART 94 ROYAL-ATHENA GALLERIES 94 95 Expertise and Ethics Royal-Athena Galleries Catalogs Inside back cover
Photo above: Urartian large bronze pectoral with repoussĂŠ decoration; detail. 8th-7th Century BC. W. 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm) P. 89, no. 237.
Introduction As we enter our 58th year of dealing in ancient art we are pleased to present in our 90th publication an outsatnding selection of antiqiuties assembled primarily from old collections in the United States and Europe. A large number of these objects were originally purchased from us over the past several decades and we are delighted to offer them again to a new generation of enthusiasts. We have devoted over half a century to selling carefully attributed works of art with particular attention to their provenance. This diligence has resulted in an astonishingly low percentage of claims against legal ownership – less than 0.0006% or one out of every 2000 objects! In view of the increasing legislation being passed in several countries to restrict the trade in illegally exported antiquities (which we applaud), we may assure our clients that we continue to proudly conduct a very ethical business and take all of the proper steps to insure that our inventory is free of any possible claims. Our Seventieth Anniversary It is hard to believe that my father, Samuel A. Eisenberg (1904-1987), and I started to deal in ancient coins in 1942, as Royal Coin Company in Revere, Massachusetts. Following my discharge from the army in 1951 (60 years ago!) I reestablished the business in New York City. While specializing in ancient coins I began to deal in minor classical antiquities in 1954. Following a world-wide buying trip in 1958, including significant purchases in Egypt, I officially established RoyalAthena Galleries and issued my first catalog devoted to antiquities – all from Egypt – in 1959. In the next three years three more catalogs were published – all devoted to Egyptian and Near Eastern antiquities. In 1965 I published the first volume of Art of the Ancient World that now included an extensive selection of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman works of art. For over 35 years 21 additional volumes of Art of the Ancient World have been published, on an annual basis since 1999, not including our five special catalogs devoted to ancient vases, classical bronzes, and arms and armor (see inside back cover). It is difficult to estimate the total number of antiquities Royal-Athena has sold – our computerized records go back less than 30 years, but the number is certainly in excess of 50,000. From 1958 to 1965 we officially exported some 24,000 antiquities from Egypt alone! How many countless thousands have enjoyed our ancient treasures in both museums and private collections? Therefore, it is with great pride and delight that we celebrate our 70th year!
Jerome M. Eisenberg, Ph. D.
Greek Marble Sculptures
1 ARCHAIC GREEK MARBLE STELE SECTION, probably Attic, depicting in relief a helmeted warrior on horseback facing left. Ca. 480 BC. W. 10 1/2 in. (26.5 cm.); H. 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm.) Ex collection of Charles Gillet, Lausanne, Switzerland, acquired in 1965; Swiss private collection 1975-2010. Archaic reliefs are rarely offered for sale. In the 6th and 5th century BC aristocratic families in all Greek cities and their colonies erected lavish funerary monuments in private burial grounds along the roadside on the family estate. Each had an inscribed base with an epitaph, often in verse that memorialized the dead. A relief depicting a generalized image of the deceased sometimes evoked aspects of the person's life, with the addition of a servant, possessions, dog, etc. Here we have a seasoned warrior, bearded and confidently mounted on his horse, staring into his future life. The pyramidal top suggests the roof of the naiskos or shrine in which the deceased is usually represented. This custom persisted until 317 BC, when in Athens funerary legislation was passed that placed limits on the amount of money one could spend on these monuments.
2 AN IMPORTANT HELLENISTIC MARBLE STATUE OF THE NUDE APHRODITE, (VENUS), the goddess of erotic love and beauty, reaching down in the pose of unfastening her sandal. Her head is turned to the right and her hair is tied on top of her head. After a 3rd Century BC prototype. Ca. 2nd Century BC. H. 14 1/2 in. (36.8 cm.) Ex Harounoff Family collection, Europe, 1950s.
Aphrodite statues of this type were popular in Asia Minor, the Greek islands, and Roman Egypt (see M. Bieber, The Sculpture of the Hellenistic Age, New York, 1961, p. 99). For related examples see A. Adriani, Repertorio d'Arte dell'Egitto Greco-Romano, vol. II, pls. 58, figs. 179182, and pl. 59, figs. 183-184, J. Marcadé, Au Musée de Délos, Paris, 1969, p. 509, pl. XLVII, and M. Bieber, op. cit., fig. 394. For a discussion of the prototype and a list of other examples see D. Brinkerhoff, Hellenistic Statues of Aphrodite, New York and London, 1978, pp. 70-97.
3 HELLENISTIC MARBLE HEAD OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT Sensitively carved of fine grain white marble with his gaze directed slightly to the left. Ca. 2nd Century BC. H. 3 1/2 (9 cm.) Ex collection F. Antonovich, Paris; M. S. collection, Scarsdale, NY. Published: Metamorphoses Divines dâ€™Alexandre, Paris, 1996, no. 2: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. XIII (2002), no. 3. 4 HELLENISTIC MARBLE FEMALE HEAD Probably of a goddess or Ptolemaic queen, her head turned to her right, her softly curving neck with Venus rings, her centrally parted wavy hair is bound with a diadem. 3rd-2nd Century BC. H. 4 1/2 in. (11.3 cm.) Ex Israeli private collection, 1970s. 5 LATE HELLENISTIC MARBLE HEAD OF APHRODITE Her hairstyle is composed of long wavy wisps bound with a cord and pulled into a chignon in the back. The oval face with almond-shaped eyes and the mouth with a smile. 1st Century BC. H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) Ex French collection, Nice, acquired in the 1960s; private collection, Paris. 6 EAST GREEK MARBLE STELE FOR DYNTONOMOS divided into two recessed panels sculpted in raised relief; the upper with a scene of a funerary banquet, the heroized deceased man reclining on a couch, supporting his weight on his left elbow on a cushion, holding a cup in his left hand, his right arm resting on his right side, wearing a sleeved chiton and a himation gathered in twisted folds at his waist and over his left shoulder, a woman seated on the couch at his feet, wearing a chiton and a himation, wrapped over her head as a veil to convey mourning, her feet resting on a foot stool, a tripod table before them, with two diminutive figures below, a female to the left holding a lidded cista, a youth to the right; the lower panel with an equestrian scene, the man wearing a himation falling against the horse's side, holding the reins firmly, the horse prancing with its left front hoof raised, the back left leg advanced, the tail raised, with an attendant to the left. A Greek inscription incised below the architrave reads: "Dyntonomos, son of Dionysos.â€? Late 3rd-early 2nd Century BC. H. 30 3/8 in. (77.2 cm.); W. 12 1/8 in. (30.8 cm.) Ex Italo Vecchi, London, 1969.
Roman Marble Sculptures 7 IMPORTANT ROMAN MARBLE STATUE OF A YOUNG DIONYSOS with masses of long curly hair bound with a fillet; wearing a goat or fawn skin about his neck, filled with fruit, which he holds up with his left hand. Lacking legs. 2nd Century AD. H. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm.) Ex private collection, Southwestern France, acquired in the mid-1990s.
IMPORTANT ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF MELEAGER, nude but for a chlamys draped around his neck. After a 4th century BC prototype by Scopas. 1st Century AD. H. 28 1/2 in. (72.5 cm.) Ex A.D. collection, Paris, acquired in the early 1970s. Meleager, an Argonaut, son of Oeneus, King of Calydon, killed the Calydonian boar.
9 IMPORTANT ROMAN MARBLE MITHRAS TAUROCTONOS The young Eastern sun god stands with his weight on his right leg, his left advancing, He wears a chiton with a chlamys pinned on his right shoulder, and the traditional Phrygian cap over tiered curls. In his missing raised right hand he originally held a knife to slay the bull that represented primeval chaos. Mithras slaying the bull is usually represented in large marble reliefs such as those in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Cincinnati Art Museum, both of which were acquired from Royal-Athena Galleries. 2nd Century AD. H. 20 7/8 in. (53 cm.) Ex French collection, acquired on the European market ca. 1985.
10 ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF A YOUNG BOY, probably Eros, depicted nude, with a softly modeled plump body, standing with the weight on the right leg. 1st-2nd Century AD. H. 10 1/2 in. (27 cm.) Ex collection of Sir Daniel Donohue, Villa San Giuseppe, Los Angeles, acquired before 1968.
11 ROMAN MARBLE PRIAPUS Standing, wearing a short himation, lifting up the hem to reveal his extended phallus. 1st-2nd Century AD. H. 6 in. (15.2 cm.) Ex Swiss private collection, 1970s.
12 ROMAN MARBLE STATUE OF A NUDE YOUNG BOY, possibly a representation of Eros. 1st-2nd Century AD. H. 26 1/8 in. (66.4 cm.) Ex Swiss private collection, acquired in 1973.
13 ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF A BEARDED GOD OR HERO modeled with a prominent brow, the almond-shaped eyes with defined lids, the lips parted, his hair center-parted and spiraling from the crown in thick waves. 1st Century AD. H. 5 1/2 in. (13.9 cm.) Ex Swiss private collection, 1970s. 14 ROMAN MARBLE HERM HEAD OF A BEARDED GOD 1st-2nd Century AD. H. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) Ex collection of Dr. P., Poitier, France, acquired before 1980. 15 ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT OF A BEARDED MALE in middle age with a careworn yet intense gaze. Later 3rd Century AD. H. 8 1/2 in. (21.5 cm.) Ex American collection, acquired before 1970. 16 LARGE ROMAN MARBLE JANIFORM HERM OF HERMES (MERCURY) AS PATRON OF MERCHANTS AND COMMERCE Both sides show over-lifesize youthful depictions of the god, the eyes articulated and gazing to his right, with feathered wings emerging from curly hair, bound with a twisted fillet, the ties falling at his shoulders; the busts emerging from a column with pilasters to either side and an abacus above. 2nd Century AD. H. 17 in. (43.3 cm.) Ex Fazel collection, England, early 1970s; European private collection, 1986.
17 ROMAN MARBLE OVER-LIFESIZE PORTRAIT HEAD OF CLODIUS ALBINUS (ROMAN EMPEROR, AD 193-197) OR A CONTEMPORARY with thick curly bifurcated beard and mustache, the eyes set back beneath the heavy brow, with crescentic pupils and drilled tear-ducts, his hair spiraling from the crown in luxuriant waves and framing the face in thick curls. Ca. AD 195-220 . H. 13 in. (33 cm.) Ex Collection of Robert B. Nevin (1925-2006), California, acquired in the 1970s. 18 ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF THE EMPEROR AURELIAN, AD 270-275 The face is marked by strict traits: the cheeks are hollow with salient cheekbones; short hair, mustache and beard, directly incised on the surface of the stone. Ca. AD 270-275. H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.) Ex old Belgian collection, ca. 1989. The forehead is engraved with horizontal and vertical wrinkles, and the eminent eyebrows are also engraved to mark the hairiness. The foundation of the neck is rounded up for insertion onto a torso or a statue. Aurelian successfully reunited the Roman Empire by defeating the Alemanni, the Goths, Vandals, Sarmatians, and the Gallic Empire in the west and the Palmyrene Empire in the east. He thus gained the title â€˜Restorer of the World.â€™ His portraits are rare.
19 IMPORTANT ROMAN MARBLE APHRODITE (VENUS) standing nude to the waist and right hip, her lower torso and legs loosely wrapped in her himation. Her left leg is raised upon a rocky outcrop hidden beneath the drapery and she leans forward resting her left forearm on her left knee. Sensitively carved from Greek island marble probably from Thasos. 1st Century BC/AD. H. 22 in. (56 cm.) Ex collection of J-P. Mariaud de Serres, Paris, France, acquired before 2000.
20 ROMAN MARBLE STATUE OF APHRODITE AND EROS The goddess nude, standing on an integral base, holding drapery around her lower body with her right hand, drapery over her left arm, her left hand clasping a mirror, wearing a high crescentic diadem; at her side Eros with an upstretched right hand, a torch in this left hand. 1st-2nd Century AD. H. 11 3/8 in. (28.8 cm.) Ex English collection, acquired prior to 2000. 21 ROMAN MARBLE APHRODITE (VENUS) Standing, clasping her himation with one hand and holding a 'hand garland' with the other, wearing a diadem, the wavy hair tied back in a chignon. Syria, 2nd Century AD. H. 11 1/2 in. (29 cm.) Ex private collection, Beverly Hills, California, formed before 1975. 22 ROMAN MARBLE DRAPED GODDESS standing in relaxed pose, her left hand on her left hip; head lacking. 2nd Century AD. H. 18 in. (45.7 cm.) Ex S.B. collection, San Diego, California. 23 ROMAN MARBLE LOWER HALF OF APHRODITE KALLIPYGOS, the goddess lifting her garment to expose her nude posterior. 1st-2nd Century AD. H. 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm.) Ex French collection. Based upon a Greek original ca. 300 BC. Cf. for the type: Naples Museum, no. 288, published: S. Reinach, Repertoire de la Statuaire Grecque et Romaine, vol. I, 1916, p.328, fig. 611.
24 ROMAN MARBLE STATUE OF AN EMPRESS AS A GODDESS, possibly Faustina II, standing in a relaxed pose, her weight on her right foot. She wears the stola and palla worn capite velato over a diadem. 2nd half of the 2nd Century AD. H. 33 in. (85 cm.) Ex European collection, 1980s. Faustina II (d. AD 175) was the wife of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 161-180) and was often depicted as a goddess in statuary.
25 ROMAN MARBLE OVER-LIFESIZE HEAD OF A GODDESS, her head slightly turned to the left, with articulated eyes and bow-shaped lips, wavy hair deeply drilled, centrally parted and tied in a large chignon; wearing a high crescentic diadem with scalloped edge. Late 2nd Century AD. H. 13 in. (33 cm.) Ex English private collection, pre-2000. 26 ROMAN OVER-LIFESIZE MARBLE HEAD OF TYCHE, the goddess of fortune and destiny, wearing a mural crown; from a relief. After a 4th Century BC Greek prototype. 1st-2nd Century AD. H. 13 in. (33 cm.) Ex English collection.
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27 ROMAN MONUMENTAL MARBLE RIGHT FOREARM probably from a statue of a deity or emperor. The fingers are partially open; a cylindrical bridge between the thumb and forefinger. 1st-2nd Century AD. H. 20 1/2 in. (52 cm.) Very fine style. Ex English private collection, acquired in the 1980s. 28 ROMAN MARBLE LIFESIZE FORE ARM HOLDING A BATON of office; from a statue. 1st -3rd Century AD. H. 10 7/8 in. (27.5 cm.) Ex French collection. A short, heavy, white baton was the symbol of the imperial mandate given to a Roman military legate. He held it high proclaiming "above your head and mine" to represent the emperor.
29 ROMAN LARGE MARBLE MONOPODIUM: WINGED LION-GRIFFIN PROTOME ON LIONâ€™S LEG Ca. AD 120-150. H. 34 3/4 in. (86 cm.); D. 20 in. (51 cm.) H. of head 7 in. (18 cm.) Ex Philippe Heldman collection, acquired in Paris in 1970. For a discussion of furniture supports, see C. Vermeule, "Bench and Table Supports: Roman Egypt and Beyond" in W.K. Simpson and W. Davis, eds., Studies in Ancient Egypt, the Aegean and the Sudan, Essays in Honor of Dows Dunham on the Occasion of his 90th Birthday, June 1, 1980, Boston, 1981.
30 ROMAN MARBLE RELIEF OF A RECLINING BEARDED MALE, knees slightly bent, supporting his half-raised torso on his right arm, and wearing a very loose chiton. His left arm is raised languidly behind his head as he looks sleepily downward and to the left; behind him and by his side, his hound reclines stretching his legs forward as his head pulls up and back. 2nd Century AD. L. 13 3/4 in. (35 cm.) From a sarcophagus. Ex collection of J-P. Mariaud de Serres, Paris, France. 31 ROMAN MARBLE RELIEF SECTION DEPICTING A CAPRICORN, a mythical animal with the foreparts of a goat and the body and tail of a fish. From a sarcophagus; a partial inscription remaining: EREBAT. Late 2nd Century AD. L. 17 in. (43 cm.) Ex collection of J-P. Mariaud de Serres, Paris, France.
32 ROMAN MARBLE RECTANGULAR OSCILLUM: NUDE DIONYSOS AND AMPELOS The bearded god of wine having over-imbibed, holds a rhyton (wine cup) in his right hand, a chlamys over his shoulder. His nude companion, the young satyr Ampelos, supports him while stroking a panther. Rev: Two Erotes on a dolphin. Ca. 3rd Century AD. L. 18 1/8 in. ( 46 cm) x 12 1/4 in. (31 cm.) Ex Nicholas Koutoulakis, Paris, 1970s; thence by descent.
33 ROMAN MARBLE RELIEF OF A BOAR HUNT, possibly of the Calydonian boar with Meleager advancing on his quarry with a spear as mountain goats leap about him in panic; from a sarcophagus. 2nd-3rd Century AD. L. 19 3/4 in. (50 cm.); H. 13 3/8 in. ( 34 cm.) Ex French collection. 34 ROMAN MARBLE RELIEF SECTION: THREE HUMOROUS NUDE FIGURES engaged in some sort of activity, raising a pole(?); one kneels bearing the weight on his shoulders while the other two lend support, the one at left kneeling on a box (?). Possibly a depiction of erotes preparing to press grapes or olives. 2nd-3rd Century AD. H. 6 in. (15.5 cm.); L. 12 in. (31 cm.) Ex collection of Sir Daniel Donohue, Villa San Giuseppe, Los Angeles, California, acquired before 1968.
Greek Bronze Sculptur es 35 GREEK LATE GEOMETRIC BRONZE APPLIQUE OF A SEATED MAN wearing a long garment with short sleeves. The back of the large head is bald; the arms are raised to shoulder-level. Possibly a charioteer. Peloponnese, ca. 700-650 BC. H. 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) Ex Sotheby's New York, May 29, 1987, no. 76, previously from Mathias Komor, New York. Cf. also with regard to the posture and function, a bronze statuette of a man from Sparta ( W. Lamb, Greek and Roman Bronzes, 1929, 77, pl. 23a). For the style cf. a male statuette from Arcadia (J. Dรถrig, Art Antique, 1975, no. 183 with illus.). Certain stylistic elements are comparable with an earlier dated pair of statuettes of Zeus and Hera, possibly from Olympia, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, inv. no. 63.2755, (Boston Bronzes Catalog - 1971, 4, no. 2 with illus.). If the man's left hand is interpreted as a fist, he possibly represents a charioteer who holds the reins in his left hand. If it is interpreted as a stump, the man could represent an invalid, the figure given as a votive gift to a healing god. 36 HELLENISTIC BRONZE NUDE DISCOBOLOS Posed in the iconic stance, about to let loose his discus. 2nd-1st Century BC. H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) Ex private French collection formed before 1980. 37 HELLENISTIC BRONZE ACTOR WITH THE MASK OF A SLAVE He wears a short belted chiton, with a cloak draped over his left shoulder. His hands are folded in front, over his belly. His head is slightly turned to the right; on integrally cast pedestal base. 3rd-2nd Century BC. H. 3 7/8 in. (59.8 cm.) Ex Private collection, Luxembourg, acquired before 1980. The three most famous and best known playwrights of the New Comedy were Menander, Philemon and Diphilus. These comedies tended to be more about the fears and foibles of the ordinary man, his personal relationships, family life and social mishaps rather than politics and public life.
Etru scan Bronze Sculptures 38 ETRUSCAN BRONZE VOTIVE OF THE GODDESS TURAN, her hair in long braids, standing upon a circular base, with her hands outstretched. Rare type. Ca. 625-600 BC. H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) Ex Pino Donati, Lugano, Switzerland, 1990. Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. VII, 1992, no. 84. Cf. Florence Museum, no. 8. 39 ETRUSCAN BRONZE STRIDING NUDE KOUROS Early 5th Century BC. H. 3 1/2 in. (8.9 cm.) Ex collections of E. DeKolb, New York; B. Bandy Rochester, Michigan. Exhibited: Kresge Art Gallery, Michigan State University, 1985-2002. Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol, XIV, 2003, no. 39. 40 THREE ETRUSCAN BRONZE DANCING NUDE MALE FIGURES Each with their arms raised, one kneeling to the left, another to the right, and one with both legs spread; a perforated tenon below for attachment to a tripod or bowl. Chiusi, ca. 520 BC. H. Each: 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) Ex John Kluge collection, Charlottesville VA. Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. V, 1988, no. 24. The figures between the horse-protomes above the legs of a tripod from Vulci in the British Museum, although female and moving from left to right, are posed in similar fashion: cf. G. Giglioli, Lâ€™Arte Etrusca, Milan, 1935, pl. CII, fig.1.
41 SET OF THREE ETRUSCAN BRONZE BRAZIER FEET: GORGON RISING FROM FOLIAGE, Her arms are wide spread and her hair trails their full length. Her mouth is open and her tongue protrudes. Chiusi workshop, ca. 500-475 BC. H. 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) x W. 8 1/2 in. (20.5 cm.) Choice and rare. One ex Leo Mildenberg collection, acquired in the 1960s; two ex private collection, Ticino, Switzerland, acquired in the 1960s. The feet were originally attached by rivets to a brazier of hammered bronze. From the solid-cast, claw-shaped foot rises a flat, calyx-like support with two lateral protuberances, surmounted by the bust of a Gorgon in low relief. She has female breasts and wears a smooth sleeved chiton. On each outstretched arm rests a long tress of her wavy hair, finely corrugated and incised with parallel lines. Above her mask-like face the hair is parted in the center and hangs in a crescent shape over her temples. She has asymmetric, strongly outlined eyes, full cheeks, a gaping mouth with a lolling, grooved tongue and protruding ears with earrings. Similar pieces are preserved in London (British Museum, no. 47.8-6.145), Berlin (Berlin, 1968, 93, Fr.1516), Marseilles (MusĂŠe BorĂŠly, nos. 812, 813), Paris (Louvre, de Ridder 1913, nos 2602, 2603) and Chiusi (MonAnt 30, 1925, 466, fig. 68). The bronzes have been ascribed by K.A. Neugebauer to a Chiusine workshop which, during the first half of the fifth century, produced braziers, each with three feet in the form of Gorgons or winged creatures. (Compare the brazier from La Boncia in the Museo Archeologico, Florence: Milan, 1912, pl. 88, I).
42 ETRUSCAN BRONZE CANDELABRUM. The finial is in the form of a couple arm in arm on a pedestal base with beading on its upper edge, the figures looking towards each other, stepping forward, with their outer arms akimbo. The tripod base is formed of three lion paws, each on a circular pad, with palmettes at the juncture of the legs, a knob with drop-shaped protrusions along its perimeter at the join to the tall faceted shaft, the lowest part of the shaft incised with overlapping petals, surmounted by a spool from which project four branches, each terminating in a lotus blossom. Ca. 450 BC. H. 45 3/4 in. (116.3 cm.) Ex private collection, southern France, acquired in the late 19th-early 20th century; thence by descent. For a similar candelabrum finial with a couple arm in arm, see G.Q. Giglioli, Lâ€™Arte Etrusca, Milan, 1935, pl. CCXIV, 2 (Berlin). 43 ETRUSCAN BRONZE NUDE WARRIOR HOLDING A SACRIFICIAL HARE. wearing a negau helmet, a cloak over his left shoulder and wrapped around his left forearm. On his extended left hand crouches a hare; in his right hand, the remains of a dagger. Fine olive green patina. Superb style. Possibly unique. 4th Century BC. H. 5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) Ex Old Belgian collection. It has been suggested that this is a representation of Turms (Hermes) Cf. a cornelian scarab in Copenhagen where Turms holds a fawn , P. Zazoff, Etruskische Skarabaen, Mainz, 1968, no. 33, pl. 12, 33. Hunting hares was a popular sport among young men, and a votive that included a hare was not an inappropriate gift to a hunting companion.
44 ROMAN BRONZE NUDE APOLLO WITH LEFT FOOT ON OMPHALOS, the navel-stone of the earth. Anatolia, 1st-2nd Century AD. H. 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm.) Exhibited: Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, 1990-1994. Ex American private collection, acquired from Royal-Athena in 1990. Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. XII, 2001, no. 82. 45 ROMAN BRONZE NUDE HERAKLES HOLDING A KANTHAROS, in his outstretched right hand. The hero stands in a relaxed walking pose, a rolled fillet crowning his curly hair. 1st Century AD. H. 3 3/8 in. (8.5 cm.) Ex private French collection. Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. XVI, 2006, no. 47.
Roman Bronze Sculptures 46 ROMANO-CELTIC BRONZE STANDING DEITY, perhaps Balor as Herakles, depicted nude, with a triangular face, the club of Herakles in his lowered right hand, the lionskin hanging over his left arm, held forth with his hand gripping a now-missing attribute, perhaps a bow. 1st Century AD. H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm.) Ex English collection; John W. Kluge collection, Charlottesville, Virginia, acquired from Royal-Athena in 1990. Published: C. Vermeule and J. Eisenberg, Catalogue of the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Bronzes in the Collection of John Kluge, New York and Boston, 1992, no. 90-13. This bronze depicts a conflation of the Celtic god Balor and Herakles. Balor was notable for his single Evil Eye, which could kill anyone who looked upon it.
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47 ROMAN BRONZE DIONYSOS (BACCHUS) The god of wine, intricately crafted, nude but for a nebris draped over his shoulder; in his hair a wreath of grapes and leaves. The kantharos lacking; right foot restored. 1st-2nd Century AD. H. 5 in. (12.5 cm) Ex private collection, Vienna, 1980s. 48 ROMAN BRONZE HERAKLES BIBAX The nude hero standing with his weight on his right foot, a lionskin over his left shoulder, a knopped club in his left hand, his extending right hand possibly once holding a kantharos, his wavy hair bound with a diadem. H. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm.) Ex Lord McAlpine collection, England, 1980s; John W. Kluge collection, Charlottesville, Virginia. Published: J. Eisenberg, Gods & Mortals, 1989, no. 86.
49 ROMAN BRONZE ALEXANDER THE GREAT WEARING ARMOR over a chiton, a chlamys over his left forearm, and holding a phiale in his right hand; his unruly hair bound with a wreath. 1st-3rd Century AD. H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm.) Ex English private collection. 50 ROMAN BRONZE APPLIQUE OF A LICTOR in the costume of his office: a fringed mantle over a short tunic, holding the fasces, a symbol of the Roman Republic. 1st half of 1st Century AD. H. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm.) Ex P. Donati, Lugano, Switzerland, 1988. Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. VII, 1992, no. 112. Cf. similar in Staatliche Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Roemisches im Antikenmuseum, no. 45. The fasces was a bundle of white birch rods, tied together with a red leather ribbon into a cylinder, and often including a bronze axe with the blade on the side, projecting from the bundle, representing the power of the state over life and death. 51 ROMAN BRONZE KNEELING NUDE ATLAS his arms raised to support the sky. 1st-3rd Century AD. H. 2 7/8 in. (7.2 cm.) Ex German collection.
52 ROMAN BRONZE NUDE APHRODITE (VENUS) WEARING A CROWN AND HOLDING EROS on her extended left palm, and a pomegranate in her upraised right hand; on original base. Later 2nd Century AD. H. 9 5/8 in. (24 cm.) Ex Louis de Clercq collection, Paris, 18361901; The Eros is ancient but not shown in A. de Ridder, Collections de Clercq, III, Les Bronzes, Paris, the catalog of de Clercqâ€™s collection published in 1905.
53 ROMAN BRONZE DEEP APPLIQUE BUST OF ALEXANDER THE GREAT, his hair arranged with the characteristic anastole. 2nd Century AD. H. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm.) Ex collection of B.H.S., St, Petersburg, Florida, formed in the 1950s-early 1970s. 54 ROMAN BRONZE APPLIQUE BUST OF A WARRIOR, POSSIBLY MARK ANTONY, emerging from openwork foliate scrolls, seven incised ears of wheat at the centre below, wearing a crested helmet over luxurious curling hair, head turned slightly to the left, with pierced eyes and fleshy lips, plunging an eagle-headed dagger into his right breast. 1st-2nd Century AD. H. 8 in. (20.3 cm.) Ex collection of a Greek archaeologist, pre-1950.
55 ROMAN BRONZE APPLIQUE BUST OF HERAKLES EMERGING FROM A PALMETTE, the hero bearded and wrapped in a lionskin; probably from a carriage. 2nd Century AD. H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm.) Ex collection of J-P. Mariaud de Serres, Paris, France.
56 ROMAN BRONZE NUDE APHRODITE (VENUS), HOLDING AN APPLE in her raised left hand and a butterfly in her lowered right. Ex Louis de Clercq collection, Paris, 1836-1901. Published.: A. de Ridder, Collections de Clercq, III, Les Bronzes, Paris, 1905, no. 125, pl. 27,2; S. Reinach, RĂŠpertoire de la Statuaire Grecque et Romaine, vol. IV, Paris, 1910, p. 209, 2. 57 ROMAN BRONZE LIFE-SIZE LEFT FOREARM OF A WOMAN wearing a twisted movable bracelet, dressed with a pleated veil on the upper part of the arm. Ca. 3rd Century AD. L. 13 3/4 in. (35 cm.) Ex Swiss private collection acquired in the 1970s. 58 ROMAN BRONZE LIFE-SIZE BRONZE ARM FROM A STATUE OF A YOUTH, his hand partially open in a graceful pose and expressive gesture and probably once holding an attribute. Naturalistic detailing of the fingers and fingernails. Ca. 1st Century AD. L. 17 5/8 in. (44.8 cm.) Ex Spink & Son Ltd., London, 1960; Sotheby's, New York, May 30, 1986, lot 49; New York private collection.
59 ROMAN BRONZE WAGON FITTING WITH THE BUST OF HERAKLES between two heads of swans. 2nd-3rd Century AD. H. 4 3/8 in. (11 cm.) Ex private collection, Luxembourg, acquired before 1980. Cf. Mann und Ross und Wagen, exhibition catalog, Munich, 1986, 59.
Bro nz e A nim al Sculptures 60 GREEK GEOMETRIC BRONZE BULL Olympia, ca. 9th Century BC. L. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm.) Ex Jean-Marie Talleux Collection, Grand Fort Philippe, France; acquired in Paris, December 1995. 61 VILLANOVAN BRONZE FINIAL WITH FOUR STYLIZED HORSE-HEAD PROTOMES, supported on two legs. 8th century BC. H. 2 5/8 in. (6.6 cm.) Ex Shelby White and Leon Levy collection, New York. Exhibited and published, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Glories of the Past, 1991, no. 79; J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. X, 1999, no. 42. 62 ETRUSCAN BRONZE RECUMBENT LION with open mouth and collar-like mane, the extended tail curled up. 5th Century BC. L. 2 in. (5 cm.) Ex Swiss private collection. Acquired from J. J. Klejman, New York, in 1961 and accompanied by a copy of the original invoice
Bronze Mirr ors and Vessels 63 HELLENISTIC BRONZE CIRCULAR MIRROR COVER: EROS AND PSYCHE seated upon a rock, their bodies turned out but their heads facing, The goddess at right wearing a chiton and a flowing himation and loveâ€™s messenger nude at right; the back of the mirror is Roman. 3rd Century BC. Diam. 5 in. (12.5 cm.) Ex collection of Dr. P., Poitier, France, acquired before 1980.
64 HELLENISTIC BRONZE CIRCULAR HAND MIRROR: ADONIS AND APHRODITE Engraved with a nude youth, Adonis, escorted by Eros, who lays himself between the limbs of his lover, Aphrodite. 3rd Century BC. Diam. 6 1/4 in. (15.8 cm.) Ex British private collection, acquired in the 1970s-80s. 65 GREEK BRONZE TREFOIL OINOCHOE Probably Lydian, with splayed foot engraved with tongues, piriform body, tapering neck with raised collar and high strap handle with rosette engraved rotelles. Base repaired in antiquity. Late 7th-6th Century BC. H. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm.) Ex S.B. collection, San Diego, California.
66 ROMAN SILVER STEMLESS SKYPHOS with a hemispheric body, slightly domed foot and two annular handles topped by a shaped thumb piece. 1st Century BC/AD. D. 3 5/8 in. (9.2 cm.); W. 5 7/8 in. (15 cm.); H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) Ex French collection. 67 ROMAN BRONZE DEEP DISH IN THE FORM OF A STYLIZED SCALLOP SHELL Of hammered bronze sheet, the interior recessed at the center, forming a circular foot for the vessel outside. 1st-2nd Century AD. Diam. 6 1/8 in. (15.8 cm.) Ex Swiss collection. 68 ROMAN BRONZE SIMPULUM (ritualistic ladle) The handle is decorated with a protome of a gazelle. 1st-3rd Century AD. L. 10 1/2 in. (26.6 cm.) Ex German collection. Cf. Silver for the Gods, Toledo, 1977, p. 46, no. 15. 69 ROMAN BRONZE BALSAMARIUM IN THE FORM OF A FOOT 2nd Century AD. H. 3 7/8 in. (10 cm.); L. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) Ex private collection, Bavaria, acquired before 2001. Attractive green patina; part of the chain missing.
70 PREHISTORIC SARDINIAN BRONZE WARRIOR with elaborate headdress. Part of bow over shoulder, quiver on back. Nuraghic Period, ca. 8th Century BC. H. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm.) Ex private collection, Geneva, Switzerland; acquired in 1990. Rare. 71 PREHISTORIC SARDINIAN BRONZE WARRIOR with horned helmet. Bow over shoulder, quiver case on back. Nuraghic Period, ca. 8th Century BC. H. 4 1/8 in. (10.5 cm.) Ex private collection, Geneva, Switzerland; acquired in 1990. Rare. 72 PREHISTORIC SARDINIAN BRONZE WARRIOR wearing a horned helmet and a short V-neck tunic, with a high layered collar, with a quiver hanging down his back, his fragmentary bow over his left shoulder, his long oval face with pellet eyes and a long slender nose merging with his overhanging brows. 9th-8th Century BC. H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.) Ex English collection; John Kluge collection. Rare. For the type see no. 92 in J. Thimme, Kunst und Kultur Sardiniens vom Neolithikum bis zum Ende der Nuraghenzeit, Karlsruhe, 1980.
S ardi nian & Iberian Bronze Sculptures 73 IBERIAN BRONZE NUDE KOUROS, hands at his sides and wearing a cap. 5th-4th Century BC. H. 4 5/8 in. (12.3 cm.) Ex Dr. P. collection, Poitier, France, acquired before 1980. 74 IBERIAN BRONZE PRIAPUS wearing a hooded coat and holding a grouping of food in the front fold of the garment that is raised to show his large phallus. 3rd-1st Century BC. H. 2 1/2 in. (6.5 cm) Ex private collection, Vienna, 1980s.
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75 EUROPEAN BRONZE AGE BRONZE SCHALENKNAUF-TYPE SWORD Heavily ridged, leaf shaped blade with fine incised geometric ornamentation on both sides, the point slightly shortened. Riveted grip cast in one piece with a large bowl-shaped pommel. Ca. 1500-1200 BC. L. 26 3/4 in. (68 cm.) Ex private collection, Vienna, 1980s. 76 MIDDLE EUROPEAN BRONZE AGE DONAULAND-TYPE BRONZE SWORD, the two-edged blade with a bulging middle rib. A flat punched hilt tongue with beveled edges; at the crossing are eight punched holes. Ca. 1200 - 800 BC. L. 23 5/8 in. (60 cm.) Ex German collection. Cf. P. Schauer, “Die Schwerter in Süddeutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz” I, Prähistorische Bronzefunde, IV 2, 1971, pl. 90f, no. 592. 77 LATE EUROPEAN BRONZE AGE BRONZE SWORD Slender double-edged blade with a broad semicircular mid rib on both sides. Four holes at the base; the baluster-shaped tang with one fixation hole and narrow flanges along its sides. Ca. 1000 BC. L. 16 1/4 in. (41.5 cm.) Ex German collection. 78 LATE BRONZE AGE OR EARLY CELTIC BRONZE DAGGER with openwork serpentine handle. Ca. 900-600 BC. L. 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm.) Ex collection of Lord McAlpine of West Green, England; J.P.A. de W., Scarsdale, N.Y., 1989-1994, acquired from Royal-Athena; O.A.V. collection, Madrid and Caracas, 1995-2010. Rare type. Fine green patina. 79 EUROPEAN BRONZE AGE LARGE BRONZE SPEAR HEAD with so-called Tiber patina (water patina). Wide blade with strong, triple middle rib, in the crossing to the spout decoration with ornamental ribs; round, conical shaft. Urn Fields Culture, ca. 1500- 1200 BC. L. 14 in. (35.5 cm.) Ex private collection, Vienna, 1980s.
80 CORINTHIAN BRONZE HELMET, Second type, with almond-shaped eye cut-outs, spoon-shaped nose-guard, a sweeping skirt and riveted edges. 1st half of the 6th Century BC. H. 10 7/8 in. (27.5 cm.) Ex German private collection, acquired in the 1970s. Cf. H. Pflug, Antike Helme, 1988, p/. 76ff, esp. fig. 24-25, 405ff, cat. no. 27. The right cheekpiece and noseguard appear to have been bent upwards in ancient times, in the traditional sacrificial attitude and returned to their original position, probably after excavation. The cheekpiece in question has a repaired lateral crack no doubt due to the stress of this movement. In addition there are several, restored, nickel-sized holes in the back probably from when it was affixed to a temple wall or monument.
81 ETRUSCO-ROMAN BRONZE MONTEFORTINO HELMET, TYPE A (Robinson), featuring an elegant domed body with a circular knob, separately cast crest attachment, and incised decoration around the rim and on the projecting rear neck guard. Tiber patina. This was a helmet type used by soldiers in the Roman Republican army. Ca. 350-290 BC. H. 10 1/2 in. (26.6 cm.) Ex M.H. collection, NY, acquired in Rome in 1953. This type of helmet derives from Celtic types and was in use from the late fourth through the 2nd centuries BC. For a discussion of this type and similar examples see A. Bottini et al., Antike Helme, Mainz, 1988, pp. 318 ff. and nos. 107 and 108, pp. 522-523. Cf. Louvre, Inv. no.1122, MNC, 1030.
82 GREEK IRON DEEPEEKA FALCATA ‘KOPIS’ SWORD with a heavy single-edged blade widening towards the point, multiple fullers on both sides; the tang with several holes, retaining some of the bronze rivets that held the bone grip plates, now lacking. 5th-3rd Century BC. L. 14 1/8 in. (36 cm.) Ex German collection. The kopis is an ancient single-edged sword with a heavy forward-curving blade, designed for delivering strong cleaving blows, used by the Greeks throughout the Classical and Hellenistic periods.
83 VILLANOVAN BRONZE SHORT SWORD with decorative parallel vertical lines and a hilt with four perforations. 8th Century BC. L. 15 7/8 in. (40.5 cm.) Ex collection of Axel Guttmann, Berlin. Cf. Geharnischte Zeiten - 200 Jahre Körper-schutz des Soldaten, Coblenz,1995, p. 150, 1. 84 VILLANOVAN BRONZE SHORT SWORD COMPLETE WITH SCABBARD bearing geometric decoration. The blade strongly ridged, the hilt retaining remnants of organic material. 8th Century BC. L. 17 3/8 in. (44.3 cm.) Ex collection of Axel Guttmann, Berlin, acquired in Freiburg in 1989. 85 ETRUSCAN CAST BRONZE AXE HEAD decorated with incised circles. 8th Century BC. L. 7 3/4 in. (19.7cm.) Ex German collection, acquired in London in 1990. Cf. Die Welt der Etrusker, exhibition catalogue, Berlin, 1988, p. 61, no. 4.7, fig. 64. 44
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86 EAST CELTIC CURVED IRON KNIFE with curved, one-sided blade with engraved circles, and an iron fitting at both ends of the handle; the scabbard shoe remaining. 2nd-1st Century BC. L. 11 1/2 in. (29.3 cm.) Ex German collection. 87 EAST CELTIC CURVED IRON SWORD with typical stooped wedge blade on both sides and clutch ferrule with line decoration. 2nd-1st Century BC. L. 19 1/4 in (49 cm.) Ex collection of Axel Guttmann, Berlin.
88 ROMAN IRON LANCE HEAD with four-sided element in upper part of shaft. Ca. 1st-2nd Century AD. L. 8 1/2 in. (21.5 cm.) Ex German collection. 89 ROMAN IRON PLUMBATA Plumbatae or mattiobarbuli were lead-weighted darts used by the Roman infantry. 3rd-4th Century AD. L. 5 7/8 in. (14.5 cm.) Ex German collection. Cf. M. C. Bishop & J. C. N. Coulston, Roman Military Equipment, p. 201, nos. 12 and 16. The only ancient written source for these tactical weapons is Flavius Vegetius, De Rei Militari (1.17). 90 LATE ROMAN BRONZE OPEN-WORK SWORD GUARD ATTACHMENT with central cross symbol surrounded by floral decoration. On the edge are incised circles and five preserved connection rivets. A rare document of a Christian legionary in Late Roman times. 4th Century AD. L. 2 7/8 in. x 3 3/8 in. (7.2 x 8.6 cms. ) Ex private collection, Vienna, 1980s.
91 GREEK TERRACOTTA ANTEFIX: FACE OF A GORGON IN LOW RELIEF with two rows of snail curls and a corona terminating in snakes; an open mouth grimace with extended tongue; extensive painted details remaining. Probably from Sicily, 6th Century BC. H. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) Ex American collection, acquired in New York in 1970. Cf. R. Higgins, Catalogue of the Terracottas in the British Museum, 1969, no. 1137. 92 BOEOTIAN POLYCHROME TERRACOTTA STANDING FEMALE wearing a large polos over her substantial curled coiffure; her chiton edged in purple. 5th Century BC. H. 11 in. (29 cm.) Ex Prof. Hugo Munsterberg (1916-1995) collection, New Paltz, New York, acquired from Royal-Athena Galleries in 1976; R. M. collection, San Francisco, CA. For a nearly identical example in the British Museum, see: R. Higgins, Greek Terracottas, 1967, p. xxxi, pl. 33D.
A nc ient Terracottas 93 GREEK TERRACOTTA PROTOME BUST OF A GODDESS probably Persephone, wearing peplos and himation; jewelry, garment folds and blond hair in red and yellow paint still visible. Ca. 470-450 BC. H. 10 1/4 in. (26.2 cm.) Ex English collection; J.B. collection, Bad Reichenhall, Germany. Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. VIII, 1995, no. 77. Cf. R. Higgins, Catalogue of Greek Terracottas in the British Museum, 1970, nos. 842 and 857.
94 GREEK TERRACOTTA PROTOME BUST OF A GODDESS with flowing hair, and a topknot bound by a diadem. Tarentum, 4th Century BC. H. 8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) Ex French collection. Cf. R. Higgins, Catalogue of Greek Terracottas in the British Museum, 1969, no. 1366. 95 HELLENISTIC TERRACOTTA YOUNG MAN, wearing chiton, chlamys and fillet, riding a bull.; traces of paint remaining. Centuripae, Sicily, 3rd Century BC. Ex Dr. Ignaz Herzfeld, Basel, 1983; R.M. collection, San Francisco, acquired from Royal-Athena in 1996. Published: M端nzen und Medaillen, Kunst und Handwerk der Antike, 1962, no. 14. 96 GREEK TERRACOTTA PHALLIC FIGURE OF AN ACTOR, with a grotesque obese physique, wearing a comic mask and holding his phallus. 4th century BC. H. 3 1/2 in. (9 cm.) Ex R.M. collection, San Francisco, acquired from Royal-Athena in 1997. Cf: P. Levi, Atlas of the Greek World, p. 147, a near identical piece in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 97 HELLENISTIC TERRACOTTA APHRODITE ANADYOMENE wearing a loose garment, her right leg extended to reveal her buttocks. She stands in a languid pose, her head tilting back to the right, and her raised left hand pulling on the still damp tresses. Ca. 2nd Century BC. H. 9 1/8 in. (23.4 cm.) Ex French collection, acquired in the 1970s.
98 ETRUSCAN POLYCHROME TERRACOTTA ANTEFIX: HEAD OF A GODDESS She wears a high stephane decorated with alternating red and black stripes. The lips, crown of head and the wavy hair framing the face are highlighted with red; brows, eyes, and hair rendered in dark brown; surfaces overall with a cream-coloured coating. Latium, ca. 480 BC. H. 5 5/8 in. (14.4 cm.) Ex Hans Tollmann collection, Cologne, Germany, acquired in the 1960s-70s. 99 ETRUSCAN TERRACOTTA MALE VOTIVE STATUE depicted capite velato, wearing a stylized chiton and himation. 4th Century BC. H 40 in. (101.6 cm.) Ex private Rhenish collection, Germany. Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. XIII, 2002, no. 65. For these votives, see: S. Smithers, Images of Piety and Hope: Select Terracotta Votives from Celeste, Studia, Varia, Getty Museum, 1993, vol. I, pp. 13. 100 ETRUSCAN TERRACOTTA FEMALE VOTIVE HEAD capite velato, with centrally parted hair framing her face in waves. 4th Century BC. H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.) Ex American collection, acquired in New York in 1970.
101 ROMAN TERRACOTTA LAMP IN FORM OF TWO GLADIATORS WRESTLING A BULL 2nd Century AD. H. 4 7/8 in. (12.3 cm.); L. 4 in. (10.3 cm.) Ex German private collection. 102 ROMAN LARGE TERRACOTTA APHRODITE GENETRIX wrapped loosely in a himation, her upraised right hand lifts a corner of it which hangs down the back. She stands on an integrally molded pedestal with a relief of a thiasos, with a satyr and flautist, on the front. First 1/2 of the 1st Century AD. H. 17 7/8 in. (45.5 cm.) Ex German private collection. 103 ROMAN TERRACOTTA MURMILLO GLADIATOR wearing removable, crested helmet with inset triangular visor, once carrying an oblong shield. 1st-2nd Century AD. H. 9 1/8 in. (23 cm.) Ex M.M. Belfer collection, Paris, acquired in 1960.Cf: R. Jackson, Gladiators and Caesars, British Museum, 2000, p. 46, pl. 29, for a similar terracotta. 104 ROMAN TERRACOTTA MURMILLO GLADIATOR wearing removable, crested helmet with inset triangular visor carrying an oblong shield and dagger; a large greave on his advancing leg. 1st-2nd Century AD. H. 9 5/8 in. (24.5 cm.) Ex M.M. Belfer collection, Paris, acquired in 1960.
105 GREEK PROTO-GEOMETRIC OINOCHOE, with alternating bands of black slip and reddish fabric, decorated in concentric half-circles, dotted lines, and bars. Late 9th Century BC. H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.) Ex French collection.
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106 CORINTHIAN POTTERY LIDDED PYXIS Of globular form with a frieze of confronted sphinxes, sirens, and birds; three caryatid supports on the shoulder and the lid with a related frieze. 6th Century BC. H. 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm.) Ex Münzen und Medaillen, Basel, September 21, 1982, no. 10. 107 CORINTHIAN POTTERY PIRIFORM ALABASTRON WITH A SIREN Ca. 650-550 BC. H. 5 5/8 in. (14.5 cm.) Ex collection of Dr. P., Poitier, France, acquired before 1980. 108 ATTIC BLACK-FIGURE OINOCHOE Below a laurel band, a racing hoplite (hoplitodromos), a draped citizen holding a staff on either side. Late 6th Century BC. H. 4 3/4 in. (12 cm.) Ex Swiss private collection of R.K.
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109 ATTIC BLACK-FIGURE EYE CUP: Herakles striding forward with raised club on either side. Ca. 520 BC. H. 2 3/4 in. (7.0 cm.); Diam. 7 1/4 in. (18.5 cm.); W. 9 3/4 in. (24.7 cm.) Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. IX, 1997, no. 97; H. Munsterberg, World Ceramics - from Prehistoric to Modern Times, 1998, p. 36, fig. 26. Ex Jean-Marie Talleux Collection, Grand Fort Philippe, France. 110 ATTIC BLACK-FIGURE COLUMN KRATER BY THE PAINTER OF LOUVRE F 6, FROM THE WORKSHOP OF LYDOS A swan between two confronting panthers. Reverse: A large mountain-goat; under the handles a swan on either side, same on the square top of the handle plates. Ca. 560-550 BC. H. 11in. (28 cm.); Diam. 11 1/4 in. (28.5 cm.); W. 14 in. (35.6 cm.) Ex South German private collection, acquired in the 1980s.
A ttic R ed-f igu re V ases 111 ATTIC RED-FIGURE COLUMN KRATER ATTRIBUTED TO THE VILLA GIULIA PAINTER A nude satyr pursuing Amymone, running to the left with his arms outstretched. As she flees to the left holding a hydria by one horizontal handle in her lowered left hand, she looks back at her pursuer. Reverse: standing draped youth holding a staff in his right hand. Ca. 460 BC. H. 15 1/8 in. (38.4 cm.); Diam. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm.); W. 13 7/8 in. (35.2 cm.) Ex H.Vollmoeller, Zurich, 1968; private collection, Geneva, Switzerland. Amymone was one of the fifty Danaides, daughters of King Danaus of Argos.
112 ATTIC RED-FIGURE COLUMN KRATER On either side: two young horsemen each holding a spear, cloaks around their shoulders, and petasoi hanging down their backs, ride to right. Mid-5th Century BC. H. 16 1/8 in. (41 cm.). Ex Belgian private collection acquired before 1970. 113 ATTIC RED-FIGURE COLUMN KRATER BY THE PAINTER OF THE LOUVRE CENTAUROMACHY Dionysos with a kantharos and a thyrsos looks at a satyr stomping grapes in a wine skin on a footstool at left. From the right another satyr with a big sack full of grapes approaches. Reverse: Three draped youths. Ca. 470-460 BC. H. 13 1/8 in. (33.4 cm.); Diam. 11 1/8 in. (28.4 cm.); W. 13 1/2 in. (34.3 cm.) Ex D.O. collection, South Germany.
114 ATTIC BLACK-GLAZED RIBBED HYDRIA, the overhanging rim decorated with egg and dart and the neck with a festoon of hanging dropshaped pendants, ‘tied’ at the back; grooved foot. Later 4th Century BC. H. 17 1/8 in. (43.5 cm.) Ex S.B. collection, San Diego, CA.
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115 APULIAN LARGE RED-FIGURE VOLUTE KRATER BY THE BALTIMORE PAINTER Within an Ionic naiskos with a departure scene, the youth on the left holding his spear in the left hand and wearing a long red mantle, his domed helmet behind, the man seated at right offering him his sheathed sword, and wearing a himation and holding a long staff, the pediment above decorated with palmette acroteria and a central frontal head, the naiskos flanked by a standing maiden and youth holding a situla and patera and a sash and a staff respectively, the neck ornamented with a profile female head emerging from an elaborate spray of scrolling tendrils and flowering plants. Reverse: An altar surmounted by a basin and flanked by standing chiton-clad women, the lady on the left holding a tambourine and a fan, on the right a rosette garland and a thyrsos. Ca. 340-330 BC. H. 30 3/8 in. (77.2 cm.) Ex American collection, sold Sotheby’s, June 20 1990, no.75; S.B. collection, San Diego, CA. Pub: A.Trendall & Cambitoglou, Red-figre Vase-painters of Apulia, Second Supplement p. 124, no. 49-8.
116 APULIAN VERY LARGE RED-FIGURE VOLUTE KRATER BY THE BALTIMORE PAINTER Amphiaraos in the underworld: Amphiaraos before Pluto. At left, youth and lady with a fan. Behind the youth a petasos and sheathed sword are suspended. Between the lady and Amphiaraos, a pileus. Behind Pluto stands Persephone with a cross bar torch, then Polyneices offering the necklace of Harmonia to Euriphyle. Below charioteer with Phrygian cap in quadriga to left. Behind, Hecate with two torches. In front Hermes. On neck. Nike in galloping quadriga led by Iris and Eros. Rev: Horseman in naiskos. To right, woman with jewel box and mirror, youth with situla and knotted stick, woman with mirror and necklace. At left, woman holding jewel box and wreath, youth with mirror and phiale, woman with fan and tambourine. On neck. Bust of Nike in floral setting. Amphiaraos, the legendary king of Argos, was a hero of the war of the Seven Against Thebes. Ca. 340 BC. H. 45 in. (114 cm.) Ex S.B. collection, San Diego, CA., acquired from Royal-Athena in 1991. Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. VI, 1991, no. 75. NOTE: Both nos. 115 and 116 have custom-made stands (H. 27 in.) of the rare hardwood Pomele Sapele.
117 APULIAN VERY LARGE RED-FIGURE VOLUTE KRATER BY THE BALTIMORE PAINTER The contest for Adonis: Aphrodite with umbrella, Eros, Hermes, Adonis holding a bird on a string, Zeus enthroned holding a scepter with eagle, a thunderbolt in the field before him, Persephone resting on a scepter topped by a cross, tree. Below. Dionysos and Ariadne in a panther biga, preceded by a maenad with a tambourine and thyrsos and followed by a maenad with a torch and a situla. On the neck, an amazonomachy. Rev: In a naiskos, helmeted horseman with spear. At left: from top to bottom, youth holding an oinochoe and a pyxis with a white lid, woman holding a wreath, phiale, and fillet, youth holding a situla. At the right, a youth holding an oinochoe and pyxis with a white lid, woman holding a wreath and a mirror, youth holding a white knotted stick. On the neck, women holding a thyrsos, open box and ball (probably of wool), seated youth holding a phiale and thyrsos, woman holding a thrysos and wreath, satyr holding situla and torch. Ca. 340 BC. H. 44 in. (112 cm.) Ex S.B. collection, San Diego, CA., acquired from Royal-Athena in 1991. Published: A. Trendall-Cambitoglou, The Red-figured Vases of Apulia, Suppl. II, p. 275, no. 23f, pl. LXXI, 34; J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. VI , 1991, no. 74.
118 APULIAN RED-FIGURE HYDRIA with a draped female seated to the left on a rock, looking back toward a standing nude youth, the female with a branch in her right hand, a patera and a fillet in her left, the youth with a wreath in his right hand, holding the drapery of his chlamys in his left. Ca. 340-320 BC. H. 14 7/8 in. (37.8 cm.) Ex private collection, Belgium, 1980s. 119 APULIAN RED-FIGURE BELL KRATER Two fighting warriors. Reverse: Two draped youths in conversation. Ca. 360 BC. H. 12 in. (30.5 cm), Diam. 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm) Ex old Austrian collection, acquired before 1970. 120 APULIAN RED-FIGURE TREFOIL OINOCHOE A winged female goddess, dressed in a long tunic with a tight belt, drives a biga. Under a prancing horse a hare runs head to head to them. Under the handle there is a large female profile to left, wearing a large beaded sakkos. Two large wings spread out on the back side behind the female profile. Ca. 340-320 BC. H. 16 1/4 in. (41.2 cm.) Ex private collection, Paris, France. 121 PAESTAN RED-FIGURE LEKANIS The lid decorated with a swimming ketos with pointed muzzle and ears, sinuous spotted body, and two fish in the field. Reverse: a dotted palmette flanked by foliate tendrils behind. Ca. 340 BC. Diam. 6 in. (15.2 cm.) ; W. 8 1/4 in. (20.9 cm.); H. 5 1/2 in. (13.9 cm.) Ex K. Suvanna collection, Sussex, England, acquired in the 1970s; Gil and Myrna Goldfine collection, Tel Aviv, Israel.
122 APULIAN LARGE RED-FIGURE LOUTROPHOROS BY THE PATERA PAINTER, decorated in two registers, the upper register of the obverse with a female at the center seated on an x-form folding stool, facing left with a filled patera in her outstretched right hand, a female before her stepping onto an Ionic column capital, a wreath in her right hand, a fillet in her left, a female behind the central figure standing beside a pillar, a fan in her right hand, a ball of wool in her left; the lower register with a female on either side of a filleted stele, that to the left seated on an Ionic column capital, a mirror in her right hand, a ball of wool in her left, a fillet behind her, that to the right seated on a mantle, a filled kalathos in her right hand; a frontal female bust emerging from a calyx. The upper register of the reverse with a female and a nude youth walking to the left, a fan in her right hand, a box and a fillet in her left, the youth with a situla in his right hand, a filleted thyrsos in his left, the lower register with a female seated on either side of a stele, each holding the end of a fillet and looking back. Ca. 330-310 BC. H. 30 1/2 in. (77.5 cm.) Ex private collection, Switzerland, 1995. Possibly from the Seated Woman Group.
123 CAMPANIAN RED-FIGURE SKYPHOS BY THE SIKON PAINTER On both sides, a nude young satyr stands admiring himself in a mirror. Ca. 375-350 BC. H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm.) Ex Swiss private collection. Published: G. Puhze, Kunst der Antike, 1977, no. 133. 124 APULIAN GNATHIA WARE SQUAT LEKYTHOS decorated in added colors with a nude Eros holding a mirror. 4th Century BC. H. 5 1/2 in. (14.2 cm.) Ex collection of Dr. P., Poitier, France, acquired before 1980. 125 GREEK POTTERY PLASTIC VASE The youthful features modeled with plump lips and wide eyes, the hair dressed in long ringlets, surmounted by a wreath with foliage at the sides. 4th Century BC. H. 5 1/2 in. (13.5 cm) Ex French private collection sold at Piasa, Drouot, Paris, October, 2003. 126 CANOSAN LARGE CIRCULAR POTTERY PYXIS, the domed lid molded in relief with an embracing couple seated on a stool, the man nude, his mantle below, his right arm crossing the woman who is draped in a diaphanous floor-length garment; a winged Eros approaches from the right. 3rd Century BC. H. 5 in. (12.7 cm.); Diam. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm.) Ex American private collection, dispersed in 1996.
127 ETRUSCAN ‘PONTIC’ BLACK-FIGURE CUP decorated with two registers. The upper has a warrior between two boars; the lower with five geese walking to right. 6th Century BC. H. 4 in. (10.2 cm.) Ex Swiss private collection; New York private collection.
Etruscan Vases 128 ETRUSCAN BLACK-FIGURE TREFOIL OINOCHOE with three warriors, each wearing a high crested helmet and carrying a spear and a shield, two wearing a tunic and cuirass; band of ivy leaves on the shoulder. Early 5th Century BC. H. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) Ex Swiss private collection, acquired in Basel, 1978. 129 ETRUSCAN BUCCHERO CHALICE OF RASMUSSEN TYPE 1B. The deep conical cup is supported by four flat-backed plaques as legs with alternating figures in relief of korai and sphinxes; on a ring base. Three concentric grooves encircle the lower part of the body. A series of small incisions mark the edge of its offset base. On the recessed bottom of the interior, a series of grooves radiate outwards from a central omphalos. Cerveteri, ca. 580 BC. H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm.) Ex Andrea Compagno collection, Lugano, Switzerland, acquired in the 1970s from Pino Donati.
Celtiberian Vase s 130 CELTIBERIAN POTTERY KALATHOS Cylindrical with canted lip and two handles, depicting four hunters, two of them on horseback, spearing down a boar. The field is filled with ornaments. Ca. 2nd Century BC. H. 8 7/8 in. (22 cm.); Diam. 12 1/8 in. (31 cm.) Ex Brian North Lee collection, Chiswick, England, acquired in 1986. Choice and rare.
131 CELTIBERIAN POTTERY VASE depicting hunters with shields and spears stalking to right. The field is filled with ornaments and inscriptions. Ca. 2nd Century BC. H. 9 7/8 in. (25 cm.) Ex Brian North Lee collection, Chiswick, England, acquired in 1986. Cf. Die Iberer, exhibition catalog, Bonn, 1998, pp. 191, 272, no. 63. Choice and rare.
132 CELTIBERIAN POTTERY KALATHOS Cylindrical with canted lip and two handles, depicting four helmeted hunters, one of them holding the reins of a horse, accompanied by two ferocious looking hounds, attacking a stag and a hind. The field is filled with ornaments and inscriptions. Ca. 2nd Century BC. H. 8 7/8 in. (22 cm.); Diam. 10 5/8 in. (27 cm.) Ex Brian North Lee collection, Chiswick, England, acquired in 1986. Choice and rare.
Ancient Glass 133 HELLENISTIC BROWN GLASS AMPHORISKOS wrapped in yellow thread-glass that is feathered on the collar, then in a spiral around the shoulder, and in feathers down to the disc foot. On either side an applied handle loops at the lip, flows down the neck, and ends in a loop at the shoulder. Late 2nd-1st Century BC. H. 5 in. (12.6 cm.) Ex French collection. 134 HELLENISTIC BLUE GLASS AMPHORISKOS wrapped in yellow and white thread-glass that is feathered on the collar, then feathered down to the disc foot. On either side an applied handle loops at the lip, and loops at the shoulder. Late 2nd-1st Century BC. H. 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) Ex French collection. 135 ROMAN MOULD BLOWN YELLOW GLASS HEXAGONAL VASE each of the six sides with alternating vases and theater masks in relief. 1st Century AD. H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) Ex English private collection, acquired in the 1970s-80s. Cf. D.Whitehouse, Roman Glass in the Corning Museum, II, 2001, p. 36, no 506. 136 ROMAN LARGE CLEAR GLASS BOTTLE with pyriform body double waisted, a very long tubular neck, and funnel-shaped lip; greenish iridescence. 4th Century AD. H. 10 7/8 in. (27.8 cm.) Ex French collection.
137 ROMAN MOLD BLOWN MANGANESE PURPLE GLASS HEAD FLASK, the body with the face of a child or Eros with hair in rows of tight curls; tubular neck with broad flat folded lip. 3rd-4th Century AD. H. 3 1/4 in. (8.1 cm.) Ex French collection. Cf. M. Milkovich, The Alfred Wolkenberg Collection of Ancient Glass, Memphis, 1964, p. 34, no. 86. 138 ROMAN MOLD BLOWN AMBER GLASS HEAD FLASK, the body with the face of a child or Eros with hair in rows of tight curls; tubular neck with broad flat folded lip. 3rd-4th Century AD. H. 3 in. (7.5 cm.) Ex French collection. Cf. The Alfred Wolkenberg Collection of Ancient Glass, p. 34, no. 86. 139 ROMAN BLUE-GREEN GLASS ARYBALLOS, with two ribbon handles applied to the neck and shoulder; silvery iridescence. 2nd-3rd Century AD. H. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm.) Ex collection of Gershon Bineth (d. 1973), Jerusalem; Ricklis collection, NY, acquired in the early 1970s.
Ancient Jewelry 140 ETRUSCAN LARGE GOLD PENDANT: MASK OF A SILENOS Circular, the grotesque bearded face with mustached grin repoussé within a border of small ‘eyes’; a suspension tab above. 5th Century BC. H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm.) Ex private collection of a French scholar, M. M.B., acquired before 1970.
141 PAIR OF ROMAN GOLD EAR PENDANTS Within a rounded bezel is the face of a god or hero in relief; below each is a glass pendant. 1st -3rd Century AD. H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm.) Ex French collection. 142 ROMAN SILVER ANCHOR FIBULA WITH THREE PENDANTS suspended from chains, the pendants with punched decoration. 2nd Century AD. Total L. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm.) Ex German collection. 143 ROMAN GOLD FINGER RING WITH A RED CARNELIAN INTAGLIO OF PIETAS, the goddess of duty and devotion, set within the cast, segmented mounting. 2nd-3rd Century AD. Diam. 1.1 cm.; Wt: 5.9 g.; Size 6 1/2 Ex German private collection. 144 ROMAN GOLD WEDDING RING with a two right hands in relief clasped dextrarum iunctio, within a raised bezel. 1st Century AD. Diam. 2 cm.; Wt: 5.8 g.; Size 8 Ex Rhenish private collection, acquired from Kroha M端nzkabinett, Cologne Germany, before 2001. 145 ROMAN GOLD FINGER RING SET WITH A RELIEF OF A WEDDED COUPLE standing with hands joined in dextrarum iunctio, bezel set in an elaborate mounting of swirling ropes and beading. 2nd-3rd Century AD. Diam. 2.2 cm.; Wt: 4.04 g.; Size 7 Ex German collection.
146 ROMAN NECKLACE OF GRADUATED BICONICAL AMETHYST BEADS Ca. 1st -2nd Century AD. L. 41 in. (104 cm.) Ex French collection. In ancient Rome the amethyst was believed to neutralize poisons and by extension, amethyst jewelry was thought to defend the wearer from infection during epidemics.
Byzantine Art 147 PAIR OF LATE ROMAN OR EARLY BYZANTINE GOLD EAR PENDANTS of inverted volutes over bezel; stationary beaded pendant on wire loop. 5th-6th Century AD. H. 1 3/8 in. (3.5 cm.) Ex Swiss collection. 148 BYZANTINE SILVER RING WITH ENGRAVED BUST OF SAINT DEMETRIOS with cross-sceptre and inscription. Diam. 2 cm.; Size 8 Ex German collection. Published and exhibited: L. Wamser - G. Zahlhaas (Ed.), Rom und Byzanz. Arch채ologische Kostbarkeiten aus Bayern, Munich, 1998, p. 221, no. 326; L. Wamser, Die Welt von Byzanz, Munich , 2004, p. 332, no. 682. 149 BYZANTINE SILVER RING ENGRAVED WITH ARCHANGEL MICHAEL holding a staff sceptre and a sphaira. The angel is depicted nimbate, with curled hair and short beard, wearing an elaborate chiton, wings framing. 13th Century AD. Diam. 2.1 cm.; Size: 8 1/2. Ex German collection. Published in 1998 and 2004 (See no. 148) .
150 BYZANTINE BRONZE PEACOCK with tail spread; extensive cold-worked incision of the feathers. 7th-10th Century AD. H. 4 7/8 in. (12.5 cm.) Ex German private collection, acquired in 1970. 151 LATE BYZANTINE ENGRAVED BRONZE ICON OF ST. MALEINOS The saint is depicted as a bishop wearing vestments, holding a cross, standing under an arch. 12th-15th Century AD. H. 8 1/8 in. (20.6 cm.); W. 3 3/8 in. (8.6cm.) Ex German collection. Michael Maleinos came from a well-to-do and influential family from Cappadocia and grew up at the court of Leo the Wise. Already at the age of 18 years he withdrew from the worldly life to Bithynia, where he founded a very reputable lavra, a gathering of anchorites. As a name saint of Michael Feodorowitsch, the first Romanow czar, he was revered especially in the Russian-orthodox area knowingly and often. 152 EARLY BYZANTINE STUCCO APPLIQUE MOLD: JONAH THROWN OVERBOARD A fragmentary mold for terra sigillata decorative appliques. 4th-5th Century AD. W. 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm.) Ex German private collection.
Prehistoric Objects 153 IMPORTANT LARGE ABBEVILLIAN BEIGE SANDSTONE HAND AXE Aeolian patina. North Africa, 600,000500,000 BC. L. 7 1/2 in. (19 cm.) Ex David R. Russell collection. Cf. D. Russell, Antique Woodworking Tools, Their Craftsmanship from the Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century, Cambridge, 2010, p. 24, no. 4. 154 CHALCOLITHIC BROWN FLINT KNIFE said to have come from Denmark. 3500-1700 BC. L. 5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) Ex David R. Russell collection, England.
155 SWISS LAKE DWELLINGS NEOLITHIC FLINT AXE A small chisel-shaped axe head mounted in a deer antler sleeve with double pointed grip. Ca. 2000 BC. L. 4 in. (10 cm.) Ex English collection, retaining an old collection label inscribed: 'Coll L. Guiguard'. 156 SWISS LAKE DWELLINGS NEOLITHIC FLINT AXE The flint blade with curved cutting edge, mounted in a red deer antler handle, Ca. 2000 BC. L. 4 1/2 in. (11.5 cm.) German private collection, formed during the 1960s-1970s. Cf. A. MacGregor (Ed.), Antiquities from Europe and the Near East in the collection of the Lord McAlpine of West Green, Oxford, 1987, p.87, no. 5.27. 157 SWISS LAKE DWELLINGS NEOLITHIC FLINT AXE The black stone blade with curved cutting edge, mounted in a red deer antler handle, covered in black. Ca. 2000 BC. L. 3 in. (7.5 cm.) Ex German private collection, formed during the 1960s-1970s. Cf. A. MacGregor (Ed.), Antiquities from Europe and the Near East in the collection of the Lord McAlpine of West Green, Oxford, 1987, p.87, no. 5.27.
158 NORDIC MESOLITHIC GRAY AND WHITE FLINT PICK, heavily percussioned, flaked on both sides to form a rare tool with characteristics of both a symmetrical hand axe and an early pointed spearhead. Retains some of the qualities of earlier borers and burins; heavily patinated. Ca. 9000-6000 BC. L. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm.) Ex The Christensen Fund collection, Palo Alto, California; private collection, Boston. 159 IMPORTANT NORDIC NEOLITHIC STAG ANTLER AXE, the edge formed by oblique cutting, shafthole tine-base into axe. Very large for the type and in perfect condition. Ca. 5400-4000 BC. L. 10 3/4 in. (27.3 cm.) Ex The Christensen Fund collection, Palo Alto, California; private collection, Boston. 160 NEOLITHIC TERRACOTTA SEATED FEMALE FIGURINE (headless) with hands to breasts. Very rare. Thessaly, Greece, 6th-4th Millennium BC. H. 3 in. (7.6 cm.) Ex English collection, acquired in London, April 1989. 161 NEOLITHIC POTTERY FERTILITY IDOL Vestigial arms and head; orifices drilled. Vinca Culture, Balkan area, 5th Millennium BC. H. 1 5/8 in. (4.2 cm.) Ex German private collection. Cf: Idole, exhibition catalogue, Munich Staatliche Museum, 1985, p. 104, no. 49. 162 NEOLITHIC BLACK POTTERY HEAD FROM AN IDOL with incised almond-shaped eyes, cheek line, raised nasal ridge, and pointed nose; perforations for earrings, and three additional perforations at the top-back of the head. Vinca Culture, Balkan area, 5th Millennium BC. H. 1 7/8 in (4.8 cm.) Ex M. M. collection, Belgrade.
163 SARDINIAN MARBLE FEMALE TORSO From a schematic votive figure, of inverted triangular form. Late 3rd-2nd Millennium BC. H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm.) Rare. Ex English collection dispersed at Sothebyâ€™s London in December of 1993; G.H. collection, Houston, Texas, acquired from Royal-Athena in 2000.
164 PAIR OF EUROPEAN BRONZE AGE BRONZE ARMLETS Narrow wound spirals, the outside edge with a strong middle rib, the upper end twisted at the rolled up ends. Ca. 1000 BC. Ls. 4 1/2 in. (10.5 cm.) Ex private collection, Vienna, 1980s. 165 EUROPEAN EARLY IRON AGE BRONZE DOUBLE SPECTACLE RING Hallstatt, 8th-7th Century BC. W. 3 1/4 in. (8.5 cm.) Ex German collection. 166 ROMAN SILVER NUDE EROS HOLDING A LARGE CORNUCOPIA 2nd-3rd Century AD. H. 2 3/4 in. (7.1 cm.) Acquired in Paris, October 2000; ex F. D. collection, Novi, Michigan, acquired from Royal-Athena in August 2002. Exhibited: Ball State University Art Museum, 2002-2005; George Mason University Art Museum, 2005-2011.
167 CYPRIOT LIMESTONE LIFE-SIZE HEAD OF A BEARDED DEITY wearing a diadem above the forehead and a long wig falling down to the shoulders. 6th-5th Century BC. H. 12 1/2 in. (31.7 cm.) Ex estate of Cole Porter; Louise Cole Schmitt (daughter of Cole Porter's first cousin Jules Omar Cole). Tip of beard restored. 168 ROMAN LIMESTONE RELIEF SECTION: YOUNG BOY HOLDING ROOSTER 1st-2nd Century AD. H. 7 in. (17.8. cm); W. 5 in. (12.7 cm.) Ex Dutch private collection, Maastricht; H.J. collection, Sun City, Arizona. Exhibited at Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, 19852009. Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. IV, 1985, no. 271A. 169 ROMAN LARGE STUCCO ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENT: HEAD OF A SATYR THEATER MASK looking left at a syrinx (pan flute). Additional elements include floral motifs, dental and ogee moldings. 1st-2nd Century AD. L. 16 in. (41 cm.) Cf. J. Dentzer-Feydy & J. Teixidor, Les antiquités de Palmyre au musée du Louvre, Paris, 1993, pp. 150-153. Ex French collection.
170 ROMAN DANUBIAN LEAD VOTIVE ‘MYSTERY CULT’ PLAQUE with Sol (Helios) in a quadriga, Helena between the Dioskouri on horseback, a shepherd hanging animals from a tree, etc. 2nd-4th Century AD. H. 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm.) Choice. Ex German collection. 171 GOTHIC SILVER FIBULA WITH CABOCHON GARNETS incorporating a half-circle headplate with spoked grooves and five projecting knobs, an arched bow with a pronounced central ridge, and a long pointed foot plate decorated with grooves with geometric motifs. 5th Century AD. L. 4 in. (10 cm.) Cf. J. Werner, ‘Studien zu Grabfunden des V Jahrhunderts aus der Slovakai und der Karpatenukraine’, SLA, 1959, pp. 427-431. Ex private collection, Vienna, 1980s. 172 NORTH WESTERN CELTIC BRONZE OPEN-WORK CIRCULAR PENDANT topped with a double, arching loop and finely worked with braided wire, suspending seven decorative chains. 9th-10th Century AD. H. 6 5/8 in. (17 cm.) Ex German collection. 173 VIKING BRONZE OPEN-WORK APPLIQUE Rectangular in form, lavishly worked to depict entwined sea serpents. Small attachment holes on the edges. 8th-9th Century AD. L. 5 5/8 in. (14.3 cm.); H. 1 in. (2.5 cm.) Ex German collection. Cf. nearly identical example in J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. XX, 2009, no. 165.
Egyptian Stone Sculptures
174 EGYPTIAN OLD KINGDOM LIMESTONE SUNK RELIEF OF ITJER, with the figure of a man striding to left, wearing a kilt, broad collar, and short beard, and holding a tall staff in his right hand and a cloth in his left; his face with large almond-shaped eye and eyebrow in relief; an inscription above containing his name, Itjer. VIth Dynasty, ca. 2360-2195 BC. H. 24 in. (61 cm.); W. 10 in. (25.4 cm.) Ex Michel Abemayor, New York, 1959, as from the Tomb of Methethy; New York private collection, acquired from the above in the 1980s. 175 EGYPTIAN NEW KINGDOM LIMESTONE BUST OF AN OFFICIAL wearing a short braided wig and a short beard. The reverse has an inscribed back pillar, of which only the top remains, carved with two lines of hieroglyphs, 'Two arms under...' and '...whom the sacred barque has passed'. XVIIIth-XXIth Dynasty 1550-1070 BC. H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm.) Ex Swiss private collection. Acquired from Charles Ratton, Paris, in 1959 (a copy of the original invoice will accompany this purchase.)
176 EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE DEEP BUST OF A MAN seated with his arms at his sides, with a broad striated wig, originally wearing a kilt, the belt and tab preserved; a hieroglyphic inscription on the back pillar, reads ‘A Royal offering (to) Rat-Tawy, Lady of [Heaven?]...’ XXIInd Dynasty, 945-712 BC. H. 4 1/8 in. (10.4 cm.) Ex Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lindon Smith; lent to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 1934; gifted in 1952; deaccessioned in 2010. RatTawy was "the Sun Goddess of the Two Lands," the feminine form of Ra/Re. She was connected with the temple of Medamud. (See R.H. Wilkinson, The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, London, 2003, p. 164).
177 EGYPTIAN DIORITE HEAD OF AN OFFICIAL wearing a shoulder length baggy wig/head cloth. XXVIth Dynasty, 664-525 BC. H. 3 1/2 in. (9 cm.) Ex old European collection. Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. XIII, 2002, no. 151.
178 EGYPTIAN NEW KINGDOM LIMESTONE RELIEF OF IPI, FAN BEARER ON THE KING’S RIGHT HAND with offertory scene and twelve columns of hieroglyphic text. He is seated at left holding a fan. At right he is depicted as a Priest of Ptah with a tray of bread and ducks, an offering table with flowers in front of him. Late XVIIIth Dynasty, ca. 1380-1320 BC. H. 10 5/8 in. (27 cm.); W. 19 5/8 in. (50 cm.) Ex Swiss private collection, acquired in 1980; French private collection. Soon to be published by Dr. Stephane Pasquali, Université Paul Valéry, Montpelier, France. 179 EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE SUNK RELIEF, Five columns of hieroglyphic text: Prayers to the Aten with cartouches of Nefertiti (l.) & Akenaten (r.); to r., cartouches of the princesses Meritaton, Meketaton, and Anchesenpaaton. (See full copy in Geschenk des Nils). Amarna Period, 1365-1353 BC. W. 20 7/8 in. (53.1 cm.); H: 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm.) Ex R.B. collection, Darien, CT, acquired from Royal-Athena in 1991. Pub.: G. Roeder, Amarna-Reliefs aus Hermopolis, Ausgrabungen der Deutschen Hermopolis-Expedition in Hermopolis 1929-1939, vol. II, Hildesheim, 1969, 172, 176, pl. 201; Geschenk des Nils, 1978, no. 201.
180 EGYPTIAN KUSHITE BLACK STONE MALE BUST Bald and bare chested; with an uninscribed back pillar. XXVth Dynasty, 750-656 BC. H. 3 3/4 in. (9.5 cm.) Ex English collection; M.A.M. collection, Pontiac, Michigan, acquired from Royal-Athena in 1984. Exhibited: Detroit Institute of Art, 1985-1989. 181 EGYPTIAN STEATITE RECUMBENT SPHINX WITH THE HEAD OF A PHARAOH wearing the nemes-headcloth. XXXth Dynasty -Ptolemaic Period 380-30 BC. L. 2 1/4 in. (5.7 cm.) Ex L.T. collection, Pennsylvania, acquired from Royal-Athena Galleries in 1982. 182 EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE CANOPIC JAR WITH A HUMAN HEAD of Imsety, son of Horus and guardian of the liver. Late Dynastic Period, 712-343 BC. H. 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm.) Ex P.A. (1908-2004) collection, a UN diplomat, New York, acquired from S. O. Simonian, Cairo, in June 1970; thence by descent. 183 EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE RELIEF SECTION A priest with shaven head striding to right wearing a long pleated loincloth fastened with a panther-headed belt. XXVIth Dynasty, 664-525 BC. H. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) Ex collection of Mme. V., Paris, acquired in 1960. 74
Egyptian Bronze Sculptures 184 EGYPTIAN BRONZE OSIRIS, eyes inlaid with silver and holding the crook and flail, and wearing the Atef-crown with ramâ€™s horns. On an integral base. Late Dynastic Period, 712-343 BC. H. 7 in. (17.8 cm.) Ex Lequeu collection, acquired in Egypt at the beginning of the 20th century. 185 EGYPTIAN BRONZE OSIRIS, mummiform, holding the crook and flail, and wearing the Atef-crown. Late Period, 712-30 BC. H. 6 5/8 in. (17 cm.) Ex French collection. 186 EGYPTIAN BRONZE PTAH, PATRON GOD OF ARTISTS AND CRAFTSMEN, wearing a cap and closely wrapped cloak; traces of gold sheathing remaining. Late Period, 664-30 BC. H. 3 1/2 in. (9 cm.) Ex Trampitsch collection, Paris; R.B. collection, Darien, Connecticut, acquired from Royal-Athena in 1989. Fine Style. Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 1985, no. 459. 187 EGYPTIAN BRONZE ENTHRONED OSIRIS IAH, mummiform, wearing a tripartite wig with uraeus surmounted by a crescent moon and sun disk. He holds the crook and flail crossed over his chest. XXVIth Dynasty, 664-525 BC. H. 4 in. (10 cm.) Ex French collection. A rare syncretistic form of Osiris as the moon god.
188 EGYPTIAN BRONZE STRIDING KHONSU-THOTH wearing a composite headpiece with a lunar crescent and disk with the ibis head of Thoth, surmounted by the Atef-crown with ramâ€™s horns, plumes, and solar disk. He also wears a tripartite striated wig, khebesout false beard, and a kilt. On an integral rectangular base. Late Dynastic Period, 664-343 BC. H 5 1/2 in. (17.1 cm.) Exhibited and published: C.A.R. Andrews and J.van Dijk, Objects for Eternity, Egyptian Antiquities from the W. Arnold Meijer Collection, Mainz, 2006, pp. 172-173, no. 3.04, illus. 189 EGYPTIAN GOLD-INLAID BRONZE STRIDING FALCON-HEADED HORUS wearing tripartite wig and shendyt-kilt, both incised and inlaid with gold wire. Both arms of this sky god are held out before him. On an integral rectangular base. Libyan Period, ca. 900-700 BC. H. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm.) Ex English collection. Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. XIII, 2002, no.161. 190 EGYPTIAN BRONZE STRIDING ANUBIS wearing a tripartite wig and loin cloth; on an integral rectangular base. Ptolemaic Period, 2nd-1st Century BC. H. 3 in. (7.5 cm.) Ex French collection. 191 EGYPTIAN BRONZE STANDARD FINIAL OF HORUS depicted as a falcon wearing the Double Crown and standing on a papyrus column. Late Dynastic Period, 664-343 BC. H. 7 1/4 in. (18.5 cm.) Ex French collection.
192 EGYPTIAN BRONZE STANDARD SURMOUNTED BY A SACRED BULL reclining; between his horns is a solar disk. Late Dynastic Period, 664-343 BC. H. 5 1/2 in. (14 cm.) Ex French collection; acquired at the Drouot in Paris, Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. XIV, 2003, no.174. 193 EGYPTIAN BRONZE FINIAL OF THE GODDESS SELKET with the body of a scorpion. Ptolemaic Period, 305-30 BC. H. 3 in. (7.6 cm.) Ex collection of Victor Bénédict, France, acquired between 1890 and 1930. Cf. C. Spieser, ‘“Serket”, protector of the children to be born and deceased to come back to life,’ Revue d’Egyptologie 52, 2001, pp. 251-264. 194 EGYPTIAN BRONZE MIRROR: HANDLE IN THE FORM OF A NUDE FEMALE wearing a tripartite wig, her hands cupping her breasts. Rare. Ptolemaic Period, 2nd-1st Century BC. H. 8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) Ex French collection.
195 EGYPTIAN BRONZE CAT INSCRIBED FOR HOR-IRY SON OF PA-DI (?) She is the embodiment of the goddess of joy, Bastet, seated in the traditional pose on an integrally cast base with hieroglyphic invocation to Osiris written twice: ‘Live! Recitation by Osiris, (that he) may give life and health to Hori son of Pa-di [?] […?...] the East..’ Late Dynastic 664-332 BC. H. 4 in. (10 cm.) Ex Belgian collection, acquired in the 1980s. 196 197 EGYPTIAN BRONZE CAT, the embodiment of the EGYPTIAN BRONZE DEEP BUST OF A goddess of joy, Bastet, seated in the traditional pose. CAT the embodiment of the goddess of joy, Late Dynastic Period, 664-343 BC. H. 5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) Bastet. Breast restored. Ex old French collection, acquired in the late 1950s-early 60s. Late Dynastic Period, 664-343 BC. H. 3 in. (7.6 cm.) Ex collection of Mrs. Elias Vaes (1908-2002), Netherlands, formed between 1960-70; Kralings Museum, Rotterdam. 78
198 EGYPTIAN BRONZE STRIDING LION with stylized, incised mane. Ptolemaic Period, 2nd-1st Century BC. L. 2 1/8 in. (5.5 cm.) Ex French collection. 199 EGYPTIAN BRONZE CROUCHING IBIS Solid cast with engraved tail feathers and legs on oval bronze base. Ptolemaic Period 305-30 BC. H. 3 3/8 in. (9 cm.); L. 4 in. (10.2 cm.) Ex Maurice Nahman, Cairo, 1939; acquired by the Cincinnati Art Museum in 1947, deaccessioned at Sotheby’s NY in 1994; R.B. collection, Darien, Connecticut. 200 EGYPTIAN BRONZE HORUS FALCON STANDING ATOP A SARCOPHAGUS, wearing the Double Crown and beaded collar. Entire body finely engraved. Ptolemaic Period 305-30 BC. H. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.); L. 6 1/2 in. (16.5 cm.) Ex R.B. collection, Darien, Connecticut, acquired at Sotheby’s NY, December 17, 1992, lot no. 34.
Egyptian Ushabtis 201 EGYPTIAN NEW KINGDOM POLYCHROME WOOD USHABTI of the Guardian of the Temple of the Two Lands. XIXth Dynasty, ca. 1293-1185 BC. H. 8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) Ex French collection. 202 EGYPTIAN TURQUOISE FAIENCE USHABTI OF AMENEMOPÉ, Priest of Amun, with frontal column of hieroglyphic text and details in black. XXIst Dynasty, ca. 1080-945 BC. H. 4 1/8 in. (10.4 cm.) Ex French collection. Cf. J.-F. and L. Aubert, Statuaires Égyptiennes: Chaouabtis-Ouchebtis, Paris, 1973, pl. 41, for similar examples. 203 EGYPTIAN GLASSY DEEP BLUE FAIENCE USHABTI OF HOR, Prophet of Amun, with wig, facial details and hieroglyphic inscription in black paint. XXIst Dynasty, ca. 1069-945 BC. H. 4 3/4 in. (12 cm.) From the 2nd cachette at Deir el-Bahari, uncovered in 1892. The Hor ushabtis are considered the most beautiful of the entire cachette. 204 EGYPTIAN GREEN FAIENCE USHABTI FOR NEFER-KA, Administrator of the Temple of Ptah, mummiform, holding hoes and seed bag; nine horizontal lines of hieroglyphic text. XXVIth Dynasty, ca. 664-525 BC. 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm.) Ex R.B. collection, Darien, Connecticut. Extremely fine style. 205 EGYPTIAN GREEN FAIENCE USHABTI Uninscribed. Early Ptolemaic, 4th-3rd Century BC. Ex R.B. collection, Darien, Connecticut.
Egyptian Faience 206 EGYPTIAN BLUE-GREEN FAIENCE ENTHRONED ISIS NURSING HARPOKRATES She wears upon her head the hieroglyph of her name fronted with a uraeus; her feathered throne with finely incised details. Ptolemaic Period, 305-30 BC. H. 5 3/8 in. (13.5 cm.) Ex French collection. 207 EGYPTIAN GREEN AND YELLOW GLAZED FAIENCE AMULET OF A NUDE FEMALE CONCUBINE or servant carrying a vase on her head with both hands raised to support the vessel. Two ducks are bent under her shoulders along the body and two cobras along her back feet. Rare. XXIInd Dynasty, 945-712 BC. H. 3 1/2 in. (9 cm.) Ex French collection. 208 EGYPTIAN TURQUOISE FAIENCE AMULET OF SEKHMET, lion-headed goddess of passion and war. Late Dynastic Period, 664-343 BC. H. 1 3/4 in. (4.5 cm.) Ex French collection. 209 EGYPTIAN GREEN FAIENCE AMULET OF THOUERIS The goddess patroness of pregnancy and protector of the family at night is depicted as a bipedal hippopotamus with the tail of a crocodile; wearing tripartite wig. Early Ptolemaic, 4th-3rd Century BC. H 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm.) Ex R.B. collection, Darien, Connecticut, acquired in Paris, September 1992.
210 EGYPTIAN PALE GREEN FAIENCE AMULET OF A COUCHANT SPHINX with the body of a lion and the head of a pharaoh wearing the nemes headdress. Late Dynastic Period, 664-343 BC. L. 2 in. (5 cm.) Ex French collection. 211 EGYPTIAN GREEN FAIENCE AMULET OF THE HORUS FALCON wearing the Double Crown. Late Dynastic Period, 664-343 BC. H. 2 in. (5.1 cm.) Ex French collection. 212 EGYPTIAN TURQUOISE FAIENCE AMULET OF THE SKY GOD, SHU, his head topped by the solar disc, kneeling, his arms raised, and his right foreleg touching the ground, the left knee bent. Late Dynastic Period, 664-343 BC. H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm.) Ex French collection. 213 EGYPTIAN TURQUOISE FAIENCE BES The dwarf god standing with bared teeth and wearing feather crown. XXI-XXVth Dynasty, 1069-664 BC. H. 2 in. (5.1 cm.) Ex collection of Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Empain (1852-1929), France. 214 EGYPTIAN GREEN FAIENCE AMULET OF BES, fearsome, dwarf protector of women in childbirth and dispeller of bad dreams; with leonine face, mane, and tail and wearing feathered headdress. 82 Ptolemaic Period, ca. 305-30 BC. H. 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) Ex R.B. collection, Darien, Connecticut.
215 EGYPTIAN TURQUOISE FAIENCE NUDE PATAIKOS Dwarf protector of children. Late Period, 664-30 BC. H. 3 1/8 in. (7.8 cm.) Ex French collection. 216 EGYPTIAN PALE TURQUOISE FAIENCE DEEP BUST OF ISIS LACTANS wearing a tripartite wig that is fronted by a cobra and surmounted by her hieroglyph, a throne; suspension loop on back. Very fine style. Early Ptolemaic, 4th-3rd Century BC. H 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm.) Ex R.B. collection, Darien, Connecticut, acquired at Numismatic Fine Arts sale, New York, December 11, 1991, lot no. 33. 217 EGYPTIAN TURQUOISE FAIENCE WEDJAT-EYE (EYE OF HORUS) with black painted eyebrow and pupil; remains of white glass inlay; seated cat in front. 3rd Intermediate Period, 1085-715 BC. H. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm.) Ex Thetis Foundation, Geneva; New York private collection. 218 EGYPTIAN TURQUOISE FAIENCE AMULET OF A CAT, seated on a rectangular base, with ribbed suspension ring. The cat is symbolic of Bastet, the goddess of women and joy.. XXVIth Dynasty, 664-525 BC. H. 2 1/2 in. (6.3 cm.) Ex French collection; New York private collection.
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219 PAIR OF EGYPTIAN OLD KINGDOM POLYCHROME WOOD FEMALE SERVANT FIGURES The standing figures lean forward, preparing to strain mash for beer or to prepare dough, wearing knee-length white skirts, bodies painted in yellow ochre, facial detail and hair in black. VIth Dynasty, ca. 2345-2181 BC. H. 8 3/4 in. (22.2 cm.) Ex collection of Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Empain (1852-1929), France. 220 EGYPTIAN MIDDLE KINGDOM POLYCHROME WOOD FEMALE SERVANT wearing a close wig and sheath dress; bending forward from the waist, probably to knead bread or to strain mash for beer. Probably from Assuit, XIIth Dynasty, ca. 1780-1191 BC. H. 12 in. (30.5 cm.) Ex Diniacopoulos Collection, Montreal formed between 1910-1932 and 1954; Carlos Museum, Emory University; American private collection, Providence, Rhode Island.
221 EGYPTIAN MIDDLE KINGDOM WOOD LEFT ARM, in two parts joined at the elbow by a dowel and mortise, the fist with finely delineated finger nails, clenched around an object, now missing; slight remains of pigment; from a statue. XIIth Dynasty, ca. 1991-1780 BC. L. 5 3/4 in. (14.5 cm.); H. 4 7/8 in. (12.3 cm.) Ex collection of Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Empain (1852-1929), France. 222 EGYPTIAN MIDDLE KINGDOM WOOD RIGHT ARM, with naturalistically and finely modeled details, clasping a wooden instrument; from a statue. XIIth Dynasty, ca. 1991-1780 BC. L. 10 1/8 in. (25.8 cm.) Ex collection of Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Empain (1852-1929), France. 223 EGYPTIAN MIDDLE KINGDOM WOOD CLAPPERS, each carved with a slender hand, the finger nails well detailed, wearing a triple wrist band, the arm gently curving into the elbow. Ancient musical instruments used for both dance and religion. XIIth Dynasty, ca. 1991-1780 BC. L. 8 1/2 in. (21.5 cm.) Ex collection of Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Empain (18521929), France.
224 EGYPTIAN MIDDLE KINGDOM GESSO-PAINTED WOOD LEFT FOOT with sandal strap, dowel at back; from a statue. XIIth Dynasty, ca. 1991-1780 BC. L. 5 1/4 in. (13.2 cm.) Ex collection of Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Empain (1852-1929), France.
225 EGYPTIAN WOOD FRAGMENTARY OBELISK WITH OSIRIS carved in high relief on one side. Mummiform, he wears the Atef-crown and holds the crook and flail; eyes recessed for inlay. Late Dynastic Period, 664-343 BC. H. 7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) Ex French collection. 226 EGYPTIAN WOOD STRIDING DIGNITARY, probably a priest, with shaved head and nude but for a kilt; arms at his sides. Late Dynastic Period, 664-343 BC. H. 9 in. (23 cm.) Ex French collection. 227 EGYPTIAN WOOD NUDE CONCUBINE OR SERVANT, standing with her feet together on an integral plinth, her right arm lowered, her left bent with the hand below the breasts; wearing a short wig of echeloned curls that frame her face and cover her ears. XXVth Dynasty, 712-664 BC. H. 8 1/4 in. (20.9 cm.) Ex Luigi Vassalli Collection (1818-1887); Horace L. Mayer Collection; gifted to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 1957. deaccessioned in 2010.
Egyp tian Var ia 228 EGYPTIAN POLYCHROME CARTONNAGE SECTION DEPICTING THE APIS BULL mummified, reclining on a bier, wearing a beaded shroud, a bead necklace, a solar disk between his horns, and flail raised at his side. Ca. 1050-525 BC. W. 5 1/2 in. (13.9 cm. Ex collection of Louis Zara (1920-2001) 229 EGYPTIAN PREDYNASTIC FLAKED FLINT CURVED KNIFE with long rounded blade and short handle grip. 4th-3rd Millennium BC. L. 7 5/8 in. (19.5 cm.) Ex collection of Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Empain (1852-1929), France. 230 EGYPTIAN NEW KINGDOM BRONZE KNIFE with lotus-form carved wood handle. Ca. 1550-1070 BC. Rare. L. 11 3/8 in. (28.8 cm.) Ex French collection. 231 EGYPTIAN WOOD COPTIC DOLL The eyes are almond shaped and deeply incised, as is pubic triangle. Ca. AD 395-641. H. 6 7/8 in. (17.5 cm.) Ex French collection. Cf. W. M. F. Petrie, Objects of Daily Use, London, 1927, pl. L, no. 600.
232 ANATOLIAN NEOLITHIC GOLD IDOL of stylized human form made from sheet gold with struck decorative dots. Two holes in the center. Rare. Anatolia, ca. 4500 - 3300 BC. H. 1 5/8 in. (42 mm.); Wt. 4.42 gr. Ex private collection, Vienna. 233 ANATOLIAN MARBLE KUSURA-BEYCESULTAN TYPE IDOL of flattened form with round body, stump arms, short neck, and ovoid head; incised ‘V’ collar. Bronze Age II, ca. 2700-2400 BC. H. 4 1/4 in. (11 cm.) Ex private French collection. Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, vol. XVII, 2006, no. 218. 234 EASTERN ANATOLIAN GREEN STEATITE SEATED FIGURE, presumably a god, his hands upon his knees, carved with stylized human features and a conical head. Late 4th Millennium BC. H. 2 1/8 in. (5.4 cm.) Ex French collection. Cf. J. L. Zimmermann, Collection de la fondation Thétis, Geneva, 1987, no. 2. 235 EASTERN ANATOLIAN BROWN STEATITE KNEELING FIGURE, presumably a god, his hands upon his knees, carved with stylized human features and a conical headdress. Late 4th Millennium BC. H. 1 5/8 in. (4 cm.) Ex collection of Jan Beekmans, Germany, assembled between 1960-1970.
Near Eastern Antiquities
236 HITTITE BRONZE LUGGED AXE with trapezoidal heel and biconcave blade. 2nd Millennium BC. L. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm.) Ex collection of Axel Guttmann (1944-2001), Berlin. Cf. D. Russel, Antique Woodworking Tools, Their Craftsmanship from the Earliest Times to the Twentieth Century, Cambridge, 2010, p. 34, no. 83. 237 URARTIAN LARGE BRONZE PECTORAL WITH REPOUSSÉ DECORATION including three images of Inanna, the powerful goddess of love and war, on both shoulder guards, and four (of five) double ‘serpent chains’ draped across the front. Very rare. 8th-7th Century BC. W. 19 3/4 in. (50.2 cm) Ex Zurich private collection, before 1995. There are numerous holes around the edge where the pectoral was attached to a tunic. This crescent-shaped pectoral may have been worn around the neck of a high official. Two bronze statuettes in the Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin, depict male figures with crescent-shaped pectorals.
238 PHOENICIAN LARGE TERRACOTTA STANDING YOUTH, his right hand raised in an attitude of prayer or greeting; the left once held an implement. Mediterranean marine encrustations. 6th Century BC. H. 41 in. (104.1 cm.) Ex Marwan Shehab collection, Beirut, acquired from Asfar and Sarkis, Beirut, in 1964. 239 PHOENICIAN LARGE TERRACOTTA HALF-FIGURE OF A SEATED NUDE YOUTH, possibly a victorious athlete, with pierced ears. The legs, now lost, were apparently made separately and then attached; part of the bench remaining. Mediterranean marine encrustations. 6th Century BC. H. 14 1/8 in. (35.9 cm.) Ex Marwan Shehab collection, Beirut, acquired from Asfar and Sarkis, Beirut, in 1964. 240 PHOENICIAN LARGE TERRACOTTA PREGNANT YOUNG WOMAN standing veiled, wearing a diaphanous long garment that clings to her body, playing the double flute. Mediterranean marine encrustations. 6th Century BC. H. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm.) Ex Marwan Shehab collection, Beirut, acquired from Asfar and Sarkis, Beirut, in 1964. 241 PHOENICIAN TERRACOTTA HEAD OF A YOUTH WITH ROWS OF CURLS, possibly a victorious athlete, with pierced ears. 6th Century BC. H. 7 5/8 in. (19.5 cm) Ex French collection.
242 SCYTHIAN IRON DAGGER A double-edged blade with the characteristically-shaped quillons; broad tang with decorative notches on the side; a ring-shaped pommel, the ends terminating in stylized eagle heads. Black Sea, 3rd-2nd Century BC. L. 17 1/4 in. (44 cm) Ex private collection, Vienna, 1980s.
243 SCYTHIAN IRON DAGGER A two-edged blade with typically formed handle characteristically-shaped quillons; a slender shank with wide iron pommel. Black Sea, 3rd-2nd Century BC. L. 11 1/4in. (28.5 cm) Ex private collection, Vienna, 1980s. 244 NEAR EASTERN IRON SWORD, the blade with a broad flattened mid-rib, the grip with a tang pierced with two discs separating the three now-missing sections of inlay; with a crescent-shaped pommel. 1st Millennium BC. L. 20 in. (51 cm.) Ex English private collection, acquired in London in 1985. 245 SCYTHIAN GOLD AEDICULA PENDANT OF A GODDESS standing within a shrine, restraining a crouching lion in each hand by a chain. 8th - 7th Century BC. H. 2 3/4 in. (7.1 cm.) Ex German collection. 246 SCYTHIAN SILVER FINGER RING ENGRAVED WITH A HORSEMAN, his arms extended. Southeast Caspian region. Earlier 1st Millennium BC. Rare. Diam. 2.8 cm.; Wt: 46.9 g.; Size 7 1/2 Ex German private collection, acquired before 1980.
247 WESTERN ASIATIC ORANGE BRECCIA CHALICE, the hemispheric cup on a thick column flaring at the base. Late 3rd-early 2nd Millennium BC. H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.) Ex French collection. 248 PARTHIAN BRONZE HANDLE: LEAPING LIONESS OR PANTHER. Ca. 3rd Century AD. L. 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm) On loan to the Sackler Art Museum, Harvard, 1989-2011. 249 SCYTHO-SARMATIAN OPENWORK BRONZE HORSE TRAPPING, shield-shaped with two resisters of animals, the lower with a pair of rearing horses confronted against a central pole standard. East of Colchis, Black Sea area, N.E. Caucasus (Georgia), 3rd-2nd Century BC. H. 3 1/2 in. (9 cm.) Cf. V. Nauka, Archéologie de l’Union Soviétique, 1992, p. 10, no. 13. 250 SCYTHO-SARMATIAN OPENWORK BRONZE HORSE TRAPPING, shield-shaped with two registers of birds, beneath are two rearing horses confronted against a central pole standard. East of Colchis, Black Sea area, N.E. Caucasus (Georgia). 3rd-2nd Century BC. H. 6 5/8 in. (17 cm.); w. 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm.) Ex Dr. Wassilijew collection; French collection. Similar bronzes were found in the Caucasus, west of the Caspian Sea in Dagestan (See R. Agayev, ‘Belt Buckles from Dagestan’, Soviet Archaeology.)
251 BACTRIAN BRONZE AXE HEAD The narrow blade decorated with incised chevrons, cut-away socket with banded edges, the shaft decorated with two squatting figures each wearing short tunic, one wrestling a seated feline the other with arms around the feline and a standing quadruped. 2nd Millennium BC. L. 6 3/4 in. (17.2 cm.) Ex English collection, 1990s; with Royal-Athena in 1995. Probably unique.
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his objects of art, rather than depositing them in a vault or holding receipts. Also, art is not as volatile as stocks and bonds, the coin, gem, and collectibles markets, and especially the gold and silver markets. Sylvia Porter in her New Money Book recommends classical antiquities as one of the best types of art for rapid growth. Dr Eisenberg was first quoted on the investment value of ancient art in the February 9, 1966 issue of Newsday - over 40 years ago! - and most recently in Business Week.
Jerome M. Eisenberg, Ph.D., the founder and director of Royal-Athena Galleries, is usually at the New York gallery and visits the London gallery sevSylvia Porter lists ten sound rules as a guide in art eral times each year. He is available by appointment collecting: for consultation, expertise, and appraisals; or for a 1. Study the field which interests you as much as telephone conference. At no obligation he will possible. arrange a private viewing with guidance on a sophis2. Buy cautiously at first. ticated long term program of collecting and invest3. Make sure that your work of art has quality. ing in the fine arts. He also is in attendance at all 4. Deal with a top gallery or art dealer. “Some dealthe fairs in which we exhibit. ers and major galleries will guarantee the authenticiOver the past 55 years we have sold more than 800 ty of the art works they sell, so check this point as works of ancient art to many of the country's leadwell." (Not only have we been guaranteeing our ing museums, including the Metropolitan Museum ancient art for over fifty years, but to the best of our of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Sackler knowledge our two-day auction sale conducted by Art Museum at Harvard University, the Yale Parke-Bernet Galleries (now Sotheby's) in 1964 was University Art Gallery, the Princeton University Art the first auction sale by several years in which every Museum, the Newark Museum, the Walters Art piece was guaranteed - but by us!) Gallery, the Detroit lnstitute of Arts, the Cincinnati 5. Have an understanding with your dealer or gallery Art Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the about trading up - so he’ll repurchase or resell your Milwaukee Public Museum, the New Orleans works as you have more money to invest in high qualMuseum of Art, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, ity art. (We normally allow full credit for the exchange the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the J. or upgrading of objects purchased from us.) Paul Getty Museum. In addition to the British 6. Do not buy art works just because they are a curMuseum and the Louvre, we have sold ancient rent rage. works of art to the Benaki Museum (Athens), the 7. Ask the advice of museum directors or curators Egyptian Museum (Barcelona), the Musée du whenever possible. Cinquantenaire (Brussels), the Museum of Fine Arts 8. Decide upon your investing limit before you buy. (Budapest), the Römisch-Germanisches Museum If you fall in love with a more expensive object try to (Cologne), the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden arrange for a time payment. (We certainly encourage (Leiden), the Museo Archeológico Nacional this and offer flexible time payments!) (Madrid), the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the 9. Spread your financial risks by buying a variety of Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto), the Papyrus art unless you are an expert in a particular field. Museum (Vienna), and a number of other museums 10. “Buy the best examples you can afford in any in Australia, Belgium, Chile, France, Germany, category.” Japan, and Switzerland. The new Mougins Museum We would add two other important rules: of Classical Art in Mougins, France, has acquired 11. Ask for the provenance of any potential acquinearly 200 antiquities from us. The catalogs of classitions. sical marble sculptures from the Museum of Fine 12. Do not buy objects that have been signifiArts, Boston, and from the J. Paul Getty Museum cantly restored. Beware of overly restored faces in illustrate no less than 39 pieces acquired from our both vase painting and sculpture. galleries. In addition, over one thousand objects purchased from us have been donated to many other Ancient Art as an lnvestment museums, including the Freer Gallery of Art, the Historically, ancient art investments have yielded Sackler Gallery (The Smithsonian Institution), and excellent long-term capital appreciation, usually 8% the Brooklyn Museum of Art. to 10% annually. Any investment in tangibles, espeDr. Eisenberg travels overseas several times annucially works of art, should be projected for at least ally to visit collectors, museums, clients, and many five to ten vears. Normally one should not hold more than 10% of their investment portfolio in art. of the nearly 150 private sources, agents, dealers, Collecting fine art is a pleasurable way of hedging and auction houses with whom he is in frequent against inflation because the investor can enjoy contact. Since 1954 he has made over 250 overseas 94 trips, purchasing over forty thousand antiquities for many tens of millions of dollars.
How to Collect Ancient Art
This aggressive purchasing policy, perhaps without parallel in the field, enables us to offer an extraordinary number of choice objects at very reasonable prices. Our willingness to buy in volume and to purchase our inventory outright, rather than to take it on consignment, results in extremely competitive pricing, often considerably below that of other galleries. Furthermore, exchanges and purchases are frequently made from many past and present clients who may be upgrading their collections or liquidating some of their holdings in order to collect in other areas. Exchanges or purchases are sometimes carried out with museums both in the United States and in Europe for their duplicate accessions or for objects not in their recent or current fields of specialization.
Expertise and Ethics Ancient art has been the specialty of our director for some 57 years, and numismatics for 70 years. His many publications on ancient art and numismatics span over five decades. The first volume of Art of the Ancient World by Dr. Eisenberg was published in 1965. Since 1968 Dr. Eisenberg has concentrated on expertise in the ancient arts, having lectured on this subject at New York University and presented several scholarly papers at the annual meetings of the Archaeological Institute of America, most recently on the ‘Roman’ Rubens Vase. His wide range of expertise is further revealed through other recent papers: on Egyptian bronzes at a Congress of the International Association of Egyptologists, on Etruscan bronze forgeries at an International Bronze Congress, on the ‘Greek’ Boston and Ludovisi thrones at the Magna Graecia Symposium in Venice, on Roman bronze forgeries at the 1999 International Bronze Congress, and on the Portland Vase as a Renaissance work of art at the 2003 International Congress of Classical Archaeology. He chaired a conference in London on the Phaistos Disk in 2008. In 1996 he was a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Classical Archaeology of the University of Leipzig, Germany. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society in 1952; a member of the Archaeological Institute of America in 1960 (and a Life Member in 1988); a Patron of the American Numismatic Society in 1955 (and a Life Associate in 1998); a Fellow for Life of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1966; and most recently, a Benefactor of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and an Honorary Fellow of the Egyptian Museum in Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Eisenberg has appeared as an Expert in the Courts of several states and has conducted appraisals for the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, the U.S. Treasury Department, the U.S. Customs Service, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum, as well as many other prominent institutions. He was elected a Qualified Appraiser by the Appraisers Association of America in 1964 and has recently participated in several episodes of the Antiques Road Show. He served on the vetting committee of the European Fine Art Fair at Maastricht from 1993 to 2001 and was the Chairman and coorganizer of the New York Antiquarian International Fine Art Fair held in November 2001.
Dr. Eisenberg has been a leader for several years in the promotion of the ethical acquisition of antiquities by museums and collectors and has delivered papers on this subject at the Archaeology Section of the U.K. Institute for Conservation in 1993 and at the 1998 International Congress of Classical Arch-aeologists. He gave an address by invitation on the international trade in antiquities at the UNIDROIT Convention in Rome in 1993. He organized two symposia in New York in 1994 on public policy and the movement of antiquities and in 1998 on the acquisition of antiquities by museums for the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art, of which he is a founding member and was a member of the executive board from 1993 to 2002. In 1999 he presented testimony to the United States Cultural Properties Committee on the legal and illegal trade in ancient art in Italy. In 2003 he was a featured speaker and panel participant in the U.S. Government Conference on Stolen Mideast Antiquities in Washington, D.C. Also in 2003 he featured on the European TV channel Arte and on BBC Radio’s File on Four in indepth interviews on the antiquities trade. He appeared on television on CBS News, Dateline NBC, PBS Jim Lehrer News Hour, and CBC Television (Canada), and was interviewed on the BBC and PBR Radio, and in print in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, The Times, and a dozen other publications. In 2004 he was featured on a Discovery Channel program and on Fox News on the antiquities trade. Also in 2004 he presented a paper on ‘The Mesopotamian Antiquities Trade and the Looting of the Iraq Museum’ to the American Bar Association. In 2005 he was interviewed on the antiquities market and the collecting of antiquities on National Public Radio in the US and in 2006 on National Public Television in Athens, Greece. In 2007 he delivered a paper on ‘Perspectives on the Antiquities Trade and the Collector: Past, Present, and Future’ at the symposium ‘The Future of the Global Past’ at Yale University. He was interviewed in depth for his expertise on Greek television in 2008 and on Artfinding in 2009.
In the newly opened Mougins Museum of Classical Art, in the French Riviera, a few kilometers away from Cannes, among the four floors of works of art there are nearly 200 antiquities acquired from Royal-Athena including many marble statues and heads, bronze helmets, and other ancient treasures. They have an excellent website and a superb catalog has just been issued. See www.mouginsmusee.com.
Ancient Coins We carry a fine stock of select Greek silver and bronze coins from $100, Roman gold coins from $1,000, and Roman silver and bronze coins from $75. We began our business as ‘Royal Coin Company’ in January 1942, 70 years ago, and Dr Eisenberg, cofounder of the firm, has specialized in ancient coins, as sole proprietor, since 1952.
Acknowledgements Dr. Eisenberg wishes to express his gratitude to F. Williamson Price who has again diligently prepared and co-authored the catalog, to Ramon Perez who did nearly all of the photography, to the scholars who attributed and reattributed some of the sculptures and vases, especially Kees Neeft and the late Konrad Schauenburg, and to the several others who prefer to remain anonymous.
Wanted to Purchase: Fine Antiquities of All Periods We are prepared to travel world-wide to acquire select works of legally acquired ancient art for our continually expanding clientele. We will purchase collections of any size, act as your agent to sell your objects on commission, or exchange them for other select pieces from our extensive inventory. Send photographs and full details with your letter or e-mail.
International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art
Confederation Internationale des Negociants en Oeuvres d’Art
Art and Antique Dealers League
Appraisers Association of America
MINERVA Minerva, the bi-monthly, international review of ancient art, archaeology, and numismatics, published in England, was established by Dr Eisenberg, its publisher and editor-in-chief from 1990 to 2009. It features the most extensive and timely coverage by any magazine of worldwide excavations, auctions and exhibitions emphasizing Greece, Etruria, the Roman Empire, Egypt, and the Near East. The book reviews are concise and objective. It also includes the most extensive annotated listings of international museum exhibitions, meetings, and symposia in ancient art and archaeology. Sample copies: $8 or £6 postpaid. www.minervamagazine.com email@example.com Subscription (6 issues per year):
U.S.A., Canada, and rest of world:
U.K.: 1 year £21, 2 years £39, 5 years £90. Europe: 1 year £23, 2 years £44, 5 years £100.
Surface: 1 year $50, 2 years $90, 5 years $220. Air: 1 year $66, 2 years $122, 5 years $296.
Recent Royal-Athena Catalogs: • Art of the Ancient World (Vol. XV, 2004) illustrates in full color 190 objects. (72 pages, $5) • Gods & Mortals: Bronzes of the Ancient World (2004, illustrates in full color 80 objects, 80 pages, $5) • Ancient Arms, Armor, and Images of Warfare (2004, illustrates in full color 100 objects, 48 pages, $5) • Art of the Ancient World (Vol. XVI, 2005, illustrates in full color 192 objects, 80 pages, $5) • Mythologies of the Classical World & Ancient Egypt (2006, 48 pages, $5) • Art of the Ancient World (Vol. XVII, 2006, illustrates in full color 233 objects, 96 pages, $5) • Art of the Ancient World (Vol. XVIII, 2007, illustrates in full color 259 objects, 96 pages, $5) • Art of the Ancient World (Vol. XIX, 2008, illustrates in full color 222 objects, 96 pages, $5) • Art of the Ancient World (Vol. XX, 2009, illustrates in full color 217 objects, 96 pages, $5) • Art of the Ancient World (Vol. XXI, 2010, illustrates in full color 252 objects, 96 pages, $5) • 1000 Years of Ancient Greek Vases, 2010, illustrates in full color 195 vases, 96 pages, $5) • All 11 of the above catalogs (total list price $50), with price lists: $40. (Add $50 for overseas airmail.)
Other Royal-Athena Catalogs Available • Art of the Ancient World (Vol. IV, 1985) illustrates in full color over 600 works of art. 208 pages, 192 color plates: $15 • Gods & Mortals: Bronzes of the Ancient World (1989) illustrates in full color 180 objects. (52 pages, $5) • One Thousand Years of Ancient Greek Vases from Greece, Etruria, & Southern Italy (1990) illustrates in full color 186 vases. (48 pages, $5) • Art of the Ancient World (Vol. VIII, 1995) illustrates in full color 244 objects. (48 pages, $5) • Art of the Ancient World (Vol. IX, 1997) illustrates in full color 264 objects. (64 pages, $5) • Art of the Ancient World (Vol. X, 1999) illustrates in full color 264 objects. (64 pages, $5) • Art of the Ancient World (Vol. XI, 2000) illustrates in full color 167 objects. (64 pages, $5) • Art of the Ancient World (Vol. XII, 2001) illustrates in full color 410 objects; 30 pages of glossaries and mythologies. (161 pages, $10)
• Art of the Ancient World (Vol. XIII, 2002) illustrates in full color 203 objects. (80 pages, $5) • Art of the Ancient World (Vol. XIV, 2003) illustrates in full color 225 objects. (80 pages, $5) • A number of the objects in the last several catalogs are still available. Price lists will be included. • All 10 of the above catalogs, 1985 through 2003 (total list price $65), only $50. (Add $50 for overseas airmail.) Orders for our catalogs may be charged to your credit card. Trade lnquiries We cordially invite inquiries from fellow art dealers, art consultants, architects, interior designers, and institutional collectors and investors. Special Presentations, Condition Reports, and Color Photographs of Objects We can supply special presentations with further information, such as condition reports, and 4 x 6 in. (10x15 cm.) or 8 x 10 in. (20x25 cm.) color photographs, often with other views or close-ups, on any of the objects illustrated in this catalog upon request. A selection of photographs may also be viewed at our London gallery or at the various fairs. Conservation and Mounting Services A professional conservator, Alina Bessarabova, working on our premises in New York, does expert conservation and restoration of ancient art and antiques. A same-day or a one day service is available for an additional charge. Small metal and wood mountings and bases are custom made but due to insurance restrictions this work is usually limited to objects purchased from us. We are pleased to accept trade accounts. Terms and Conditions of Sale All items are offered subject to prior sale. All prices are subject to change without notice, otherwise, the current price list is valid through 2012. The following credit cards are honored: American Express,Visa, Mastercard. A deferred payment plan is also available. New York residents must add the appropriate sales taxes (currently 8 7/8%). No cash refunds may be made after 10 days of receipt; however, full credit is allowed on all objects purchased from our galleries with the exception of a few consigned items. All shipping and insurance charges will be billed to the purchaser. Title remains with RoyalAthena Galleries until payment is made in full.
royal-athena galleries established 1942 Jerome M. Eisenberg, Ph.D., Director
F. Williamson Price, Associate Director
New York Richard M. Novakovich Betty W. Eisenberg Suzanne George
Assistant Director & Manager Comptroller Office Manager
London (Seaby Antiquities) Anthony Law Peter Clayton
Alan J. Eisenberg Ramon Perez Andrew England Alina Bessarabova
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Featuring 251 Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Byzantine, Egyptian, & Near Eastern Antiquities
Published on Oct 14, 2013
Featuring 251 Greek, Etruscan, Roman, Byzantine, Egyptian, & Near Eastern Antiquities