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Questions about antiques.com? Call our customer service line at 1-800-ANTIQUES http://www.antiques.com//images/antiques_logo.jpg http://www.antiques.com/ Egyptian Scarab In A Gold Ring - Fj.5115 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040750/Antique-Egyptian-Scarab-in-a-Gold-Ring---FJ-5115 The scarab beetle of ancient egypt is an emblem of the creator kheper. The word âkheperâ denotes being, existence, creation or becoming and the god khepera is the self-existent maker of all things. By far the most important amulet in ancient egypt was the scarab, symbolically as sacred to the egyptians as the cross is to christians. Based upon the dung beetle, this sacred creature forms a ball of dung around its semen and rolls it in a large ball over the sand dropping it into its burrow. The female lays her eggs on the ground and covers them with the excrement ball that is consumed by the larvae that emerge in the following days as if miraculously reborn. In the life cycle of the beetle, the ancient egyptians envisioned a microcosm of the daily rebirth of the sun. They imagined the ancient sun god khepri was a great scarab beetle rolling the sun across the heavens. The scarab also became a symbol of the enduring human soul as well, hence its frequent appearance in funerary art. the depiction of a man, probably a king, kneeling before an erect cobra covers the under side of this ancient scarab. The king wears a short wig and a knee length pleated kilt, while the cobra's hood is decorated with incised lines. The cobra, or uraeus, represents uto, the protective goddess of lower egypt. Portrayed in an angry posture, this female cobra would sit poised on the brow of the pharaoh's headdress, protecting him against his enemies. Should an adversary get close, venomous poison would spew from her mouth. Powerful imagery on this scarab evidences exciting elements of ancient egyptian dynastic culture. It is truly a civilization whose magic spell reaches across the millennia, captivating us with all its complexities. - (fj.5115) origin: israel circa: 1600 bc to 1100 bc collection: jewelry style: egyptian scarab ring medium: steatite-gold

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New Kingdom Terracotta Votive Sculpture - P.0539 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040752/Antique-New-Kingdom-Terracotta-Votive-Sculpture---P-0539 Origin: egypt circa: 1200 bc to 800 bc dimensions: 10.5" (26.7cm) high x 6" (15.2cm) wide catalogue: v1 collection: egyptian style: new kingdom medium: terracotta additional information: found in deir eliballah'h, egypt location: united states rendered in a naive, even primitive style, this sculpture nonetheless conveys the impressions of a human presence. It seems timeless and ageless, an embodiment of mankind standing in the face of the unknown. Even if this statue bears only the remotest resemblance to the ancient individual who left it as a votive, it seems to radiate with hopes and dreams that are as old as civilization, common to us all, even today. - (p.0539)
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Faience Amulet Depicting A Lion - X.0115 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040755/Antique-Faience-Amulet-Depicting-a-Lion---X-0115 Origin: egypt circa: 380 bc to 200 bc dimensions: 3" (7.6cm) depth collection: egyptian style: 30th dynasty/early ptolemaic period medium: faience faience, which dates back to pre-dynastic times, of at least 5,000 years, is a glasslike non-clay substance made of materials common to egypt: ground quartz, crushed quartz pebbles, flint, a soluble salt-like baking soda, lime and ground copper, which provided the characteristic color. The dried objects went into kilns looking pale and colorless but emerged a sparkling "egyptian blue." called tjehnet by the ancient egyptians, meaning that which is brilliant or scintillating, faience was thought to be filled with the undying light of the sun, moon and stars and was symbolic of rebirth. Ancient egyptians believed the small blue-green objects helped prepare them for eternity in the afterlife. the first examples of amulets appeared in ancient egypt as early as 4000 b.C. Believed to possess magical powers that protected the wearer or bestowed upon the properties they symbolized, amulets were worn both by the living as well as the dead. Throughout their evolution, talismans were crafted from a variety of materials including precious metals such as gold and silver, semiprecious stone like jasper and carnelian, as well as other more affordable glazed compositions such as faience. The particular powers of an individual amulet was based upon its specific shape, although the material and even the color of the charm could affect its magical abilities. While many of the amulets created to be worn by the living could also be worn after death, there also existed a specific group of charms that were made specifically to be placed upon the mummified remains of the deceased. All together, amulets represent a important class of ancient egyptian art that furthers our understanding of their complex religious beliefs.
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Canaanite Scarab - Lo.1114 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040766/Antique-Canaanite-Scarab---LO-1114 The ancient egyptians maintained that the sun was propelled across the heavens by means of a scarab, or sacred beetle. With the passing of time, the egyptians created a series of amulets in the form of this beetle in a great variety of materials, and these were routinely provided with inscriptions in hieroglyphs conveniently accommodated to their stylized flat bottoms. So popular was the scarab that it became the one amulet associated with egypt by all of her neighbors, and local variations were created in imitation of the egyptian model. our scarab is just such a variation. Created in green jasper, the artist has simplified the beetleâs upper body so that there is no division between its thorax and elytra, or wing case. In like manner, the clypeus and head are treated as one unit with the complete suppression of the eyes. Its bottom surface depicts what appears to be a male figure striding to the right with a series of hieroglyphic signs randomly arranged in the field in front of that figure.
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Roman Period Plaster Funerary Mask Of A Woman - Lo.1312 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040769/Antique-Roman-Period-Plaster-Funerary-Mask-of-a-Woman---LO-1312 Origin: egypt circa: 1 st century ad to 2 nd century ad dimensions: 11.2" (28.4cm) high x 7.8" (19.8cm) wide collection: egyptian antiquities style: roman period medium: plaster customary to the egyptian funerary tradition, a mask is created to cover the face of the deceased and replaces the mutilated visage of the mummified corpse in the eternal life. This particular roman period plaster funerary mask is striking in its vibrant and well-preserved hues. The woman appears to be wearing a decorative headdress embellished with rosette-like figures, which resemble jewelry. The turquoise base of the headdress envelops the womanâs hair in twisted braids. One also views her elaborate coiffure modeled in relief, which attests to the roman influence upon an ancient egyptian tradition. This seemingly young woman gazes at us with her large, almond-shaped eyes beautifully outlined in black by kohl, a popular cosmetic practice. The grayish eye shadow and black mascara enhance the size of the womanâs eyes. With lips reddened to match the color of the rosettes on her headdress, her mouth is cracked open to reveal a possible intention to initiate conversation. Does this woman have something to say? The womanâs stare leaves an everlasting impression on us and ignites our imaginations even more to further understand her role and function during the egypto-roman period. - (lo.1312)
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Egyptian Wooden Funerary Mask - Em.005 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040772/Antique-Egyptian-Wooden-Funerary-Mask---EM-005 Origin: egypt circa: 600 bc to 300 bc dimensions: 9" (22.9cm) high collection: egyptian art style: late dynastic period
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Neolithic Spearhead - Gc.146 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040784/Antique-Neolithic-Spearhead---GC-146 Neolithic spearhead - gc.146 origin: egypt circa: 6000 bc to 4000 bc dimensions: 7" (17.8cm) high collection: egyptian style: neolithic condition: fine
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Egyptian Faience Amulet Depicting The Sacred Eye Of Horus - Ff.120 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040787/Antique-Egyptian-Faience-Amulet-Depicting-the-Sacred-Eye-Of-Horus---FF-120 Egyptian faience amulet depicting the sacred eye of horus - ff.120 origin: egypt dimensions: 1.30" (3.3cm) high x 1.50" (3.8cm) wide collection: egyptian antiquities medium: faience
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Wooden Polychrome Sculpture Of Ptah-sokar-osiris - Sk.003 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040794/Antique-Wooden-Polychrome-Sculpture-of-Ptah-Sokar-Osiris---SK-003 Origin: egypt circa: 304 bc to 30 bc dimensions: 28 " (71.1cm) high collection: egyptian style: ptolemaic period medium: wood the multiplicity of gods in the ancient egyptian pantheon frequently resulted in the merger of the identities of the different gods into one composite deity. Ptah-sokar-osiris is one such syncretic deity, combining the attributes of the three gods after whom he is named. Ptah, the creator god, is regarded as one of the greatest deities in the egyptian pantheon. Ancient inscriptions describe him as âcreator of the earth, father of the gods and all the being of this earth, father of beginnings.â he was regarded as the patron of metalworkers and artisans and as a mighty healer and is usually represented as a mummy. The main centre of his worship was in memphis. Sokar, the âadorned one,â was depicted in the form of a hawk-headed mummified man. Lord of darkness and death (in the sense of inertia), he presided over the memphis necropolis and was sometimes viewed as an alternate form of ptah before their identities were combined. By the end of the new kingdom, the composite ptah-sokar had merged with yet another deity, osiris, god of fertility, king of the dead, and ruler of eternity. The legend of osiris states that his brother seth, overcome by jealousy, murdered him and tore his body into fourteen parts, scattering them across egypt. Isis, the faithful wife of osiris, traversed the land and gathered all the parts of his body. She then cast a spell that resurrected her deceased husband for one night, during which their child, horus, was conceived. Thus, osiris was the central figure of egyptian religion, the god who had triumphed over death and therefore offered the hope of rebirth and resurrection to all men.
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Amazonite Wedjat Amulet - Ck.0212 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040799/Antique-Amazonite-Wedjat-Amulet---CK-0212 Origin: egypt circa: 16 th century bc to 11 th century bc dimensions: .625" (1.6cm) high x .8" (2.0cm) wide collection: egyptian antiquities style: new kingdom medium: amazonite the first examples of amulets appeared in ancient egypt as early as 4000 b.C. Believed to possess magical powers that protected the wearer or bestowed upon the properties they symbolized, amulets were worn both by the living as well as the dead. Throughout their evolution, talismans were crafted from a variety of materials including precious metals such as gold and silver, semiprecious stone like jasper and carnelian, as well as other more affordable glazed compositions such as faience. The particular powers of an individual amulet were based upon its specific shape, although the material and even the color of the charm could affect its magical abilities. While many of the amulets created to be worn by the living could also be worn after death, there also existed a specific group of charms that were made specifically to be placed upon the mummified remains of the deceased. All together, amulets represent an important class of ancient egyptian art that furthers our understanding of their complex religious beliefs. the ancient egyptians believed the wedjat eye was the most powerful protection against evil. Ever-vigilant against bad luck and misfortune, the symbolic eye of the god horus was worn by king and peasant alike. Though the eye was sometimes fashioned in gold and precious stones, it was thought to be at its most powerful when colored blue. The tradition of blue amulets guarding against harm is a very ancient one. Throughout the mediterranean world today, one sees beads and talismans of bright blue, which are meant to avert the evil eye of bad luck. In egypt, peasants dip the palm of their hands in blue paint and press their palms against the sides of their houses. When the egyptian empire was at its glorious height, this faience eye of the god horus was worn by some long-forgotten person to bring good fortune and luck. Much has changed in the world since then, but the power of this talisman remains strong and benevolent as always. - (ck.0212)
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Gold Pendant With A Cross Motif - C.0403 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040801/Antique-Gold-Pendant-With-A-Cross-Motif---C-0403 Gold pendant with a cross motif - c.0403 origin: jericho/ palestine circa: 1300 bc to 700 bc collection: ancient jewelry medium: gold
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Roman Bronze Sculpture Of Mercury - Fz.023 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040803/Antique-Roman-Bronze-Sculpture-of-Mercury---FZ-023 Origin: mediterranean circa: 1 st century ad to 2 nd century ad dimensions: 3.5" (8.9cm) high x 2" (5.1cm) wide catalogue: v1 collection: classical style: roman medium: bronze mercury (the greek hermes), messenger of the gods, was the patron deity of travelers, gamblers, tricksters and businessmen. In this magnificent small statue, he is shown nude, wearing the winged hat which allowed him to travel swiftly and carrying a money sack, a symbol of promised prosperity. In our world--as in the classical one--this seems the ideal work of art for someone who charts a swift and successful course through life. - (fz.023)
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Luristan Bronze Harness Fitting - Fz.190 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040807/Antique-Luristan-Bronze-Harness-Fitting---FZ-190 Origin: central asia circa: 900 bc to 700 bc dimensions: 2.75" (7.0cm) high x 3.625" (9.2cm) wide collection: near eastern style: luristan medium: bronze luristan (or lorestan) literally means âland of the lursâ, and was situated in a wide sweep of the zagros mountains in what is now western iran. The sociopolitics of this area are complex, with repeated waves and invasions of medes, cimmerians and persians, amongst others, but the culture thus created is remarkable for its superb control of metalworking. There are many styles, but the best-known pieces of bronze from this area are anthropomorphic and zoomorphic pieces reflecting religious and secular tastes, as well as weaponry and utilitarian items that were buried with the deceased in tombs across the zagros area. It was nonetheless viewed as a precious resource, and was used alongside iron once this metal became available, for while its qualities of hardness and durability were recognized, it merely made bronze a more socially exclusive material. The hallmark of luristan wares is the tendency to elongate the necks, tails and bodies of the animals to produce graceful curves and arches. The re-discovery of the splendor of luristan metalwork began in the 1930s and made considerable progress after world war ii. The absence of relevant written records makes their complex imagery difficult to interpret in specific religious terms but it is likely that they represent local deities of some kind. It has been suggested that such elaborate bronze items must have been the preserve of the tribal leaders, a warrior class with the means to equip themselves and their households for war. two curly-horned mountain sheep are harried by a hunting dog across the tops of two incised harness hoops. In the ancient cultures of persia, hunting was the favored pastime of the nobility, a sport that is reflected even in the trappings of their horses. The lord who was buried with this vibrant sculpture wished to be reminded for all eternity of the pleasures of this world, of the excitement of the hunt. We today can experience the same sensations of delight. - (fz.190)
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Iron Age Limestone Intaglio Seal - Fj.3258 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040809/Antique-Iron-Age-Limestone-Intaglio-Seal---FJ-3258 In the ancient world, engraved gem seals served many functions. In addition to their decorative appeal as jewelry, intaglios could act as an individual's signature, placing his mark on property or documents, or as talismans to bring good luck and protect against illness and the evil eye. This unusual piece has as its central motif a running goat, perhaps the celestial capricorn. To hold such a seal in our hands today is to touch in an intimate way upon the life of the person who owned it long ago. We cannot help but wonder who that person was, what they thought, what mattered to them. This simple object sets the imagination upon an exciting journey of discovery. - (fj.3258), origin: israel, circa: 900 bc to 700 bc,dimensions: .875" (2.2cm) high x .75" (1.9cm) wide, collection: biblical, style: iron age, medium: limestone
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Komaland Bronze Sculpture Depicting Three Figures - Pf.4006 (lso) http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040813/Antique-Komaland-Bronze-Sculpture-Depicting-Three-Figures---PF-4006--LSO- Origin: northern ghana circa: 14 th century ad to 18 th century ad dimensions: 10" (25.4cm) high catalogue: v19 collection: african style: komaland medium: bronze this remarkable piece is believed to be an altarpiece from one of africaâs least understood groups, the koma people of northern ghana. It is a large, rounded hollow mass decorated with wavy lines on the upper half and zoomorphic/anthropomorphic forms. The piece is surmounted by three seated figures made in the traditional komaland style, with corpulent bodies, short limbs and columnar heads with flat tops. The central figure is male, the lateral individuals are female. The faces are very similar, with circular appliqué eyes, nugatory noses and open mouths. The lateral figures appear to be drumming on drums held on their laps, the drumsticks resting on their breasts. The central figure is holding an unidentified object on his lap. They are all decorated with jewellery, and the entire piece has a dark, uneven patina of age. the komaland people are almost completely obscure, and since the original discovery of their artefacts in 1985 very little further research has been carried out. Basic dating indicates a range of perhaps 500 years between the 13th and 18th centuries. They are known to have been very able ceramicists, and made pots, figures, heads, talismans (anthropomorphic and zoomorphic) and a variety of other items; they were also, unusually, competent metalworkers, and produced a plethora of weaponry and ornate helmets. Their society was presumably sedentary, agricultural and hierarchical, as indicated by the range of crafts available, the tumuli in which they were found, and the size of the sites.
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Silver Fenestrated Axe Head - Fz.010 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040818/Antique-Silver-Fenestrated-Axe-Head---FZ-010 The use of costly silver and the slender sculptural purity of its lines suggest that this was a ceremonial weapon rather than a functional one. It nonetheless radiates a mysterious, hypnotic power, as if it was witness to ancient rituals and could speak of secrets that lie deep within us all. - (fz.010)origin: golan heights, israel/syria circa: 2100 bc to 1600 bc, dimensions: 3.5" (8.9cm) high x 1.625" (4.1cm) wide catalogue: v1, collection: biblical, style: bronze age, medium: silver
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Greek Polychrome Sculpture Of A Seated Woman - Pf.5557 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040819/Antique-Greek-Polychrome-Sculpture-of-a-Seated-Woman---PF-5557 Origin: mediterranean circa: 375 bc to 325 bc dimensions: 7.25" (18.4cm) high x 2.5" (6.4cm) wide collection: classical style: greek medium: terracotta the polychrome on this sculpture is remarkably well preserved. The seated woman is dressed in a white himation that wraps around her body and over her head. She wears large red disk earrings and a pale blue beaded necklace. Her face is highlighted in pale pink hues while her lips are the same bold red of her earrings and the fruit she holds in her left hand, most likely a pomegranate. Black delineates her eyes and eyebrows as well as her curly hair. The womanâs right hand is placed at her breast in a soft, human gesture of concern. Placed upon her head is a polos, a cylindrical crown associated with fertility goddesses. Who this statue represents remains a mystery, yet the beauty of the woman and of the artistry of the work remain intact. - (pf.5557)
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Bronze Fenestrated Axe Head - Fz.075 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040823/Antique-Bronze-Fenestrated-Axe-Head---FZ-075 What does the mind see when we look upon the graceful yet efficient lines of this powerful weapon? The heat of ancient battles? Dark rituals done to honor long forgotten gods? It touches a chord somewhere deep within us, emotions as old as the earth, that even the best of us cannot always deny. Perhaps we should not try to, and instead admire this axe as a work of art, made beautiful and harmless by time. - (fz.075)origin: kfar malek, palestine circa: 2100 bc to 1600 bc dimensions: 6" (15.2cm) high x 5.5" (14.0cm) wide catalogue: v1 collection: biblical style: bronze age medium: bronze
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Bronze Conical Incense Burner Top With Repouss Decoration - Lo.662 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040825/Antique-Bronze-Conical-Incense-Burner-Top-with-Repouss---Decoration---LO-662 Bronze conical incense burner top with repoussé decoration - lo.662 origin: israel circa: 900 ad to 1300 ad dimensions: 4.75" (12.1cm) high x 7.50" (19.1cm) wide collection: biblical antiquities medium: bronze
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Bronze Fenestrated Axe Head - Fz.079 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040829/Antique-Bronze-Fenestrated-Axe-Head---FZ-079 Possessing a precise, sculptural beauty, this splendid and usually large axe head must have once belonged to a great warrior. Though time has blunted its elegant blade somewhat, it has not softened its awesome energy. There is no question that this axe has an exciting history--a past full of adventure--but we should perhaps be grateful that the details have been lost to the centuries. - (fz.079)origin: beit ulla, israel circa: 2100 bc to 1600 bc dimensions: 5.75" (14.6cm) high x 5.75" (14.6cm) wide catalogue: v1 collection: biblical antiquities style: bronze age medium: bronze
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Bronze Sculpture Of A Goat - Fz.117 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040835/Antique-Bronze-Sculpture-of-a-Goat---FZ-117 Crafted in a vigorous abstract style, this superb creature probably served a ritual purpose. The slot in his back and the hinged opening on his belly suggest that he was meant to contain something which could be retrieved at a later point, much as a modern piggy bank or ballot box might. Though his exact function remains a mystery, it is clear that an early bronze of this size and splendor was a rare and costly treasure in its own time: in our age, it is even more so. - (fz.117)origin: syria circa: 1200 bc to 700 bc dimensions: 8" (20.3cm) high catalogue: v1, v4 collection: biblical style: iron age medium: bronze
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Terracotta Incantation Bowl - Sp.439 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040836/Antique-Terracotta-Incantation-Bowl---SP-439 Origin: mesopotamia circa: 500 ad to 800 ad dimensions: 2.50" (6.4cm) high x 6.25" (15.9cm) depth collection: near eastern art medium: terracotta inscribed with magic texts, these bowls were used to ward off evil spirits and protect family and property. Unearthed at relatively high levels of excavation, they were neglected by the nineteenth century pioneers of mesopotamian archaeology who were more interested in discovering palace foundations and large-scale sculpture. In more recent years however their importance has been recognised and they have been studied in-depth. the incantations were written in a variety of aramaic dialects including jewish aramaic, mandaic and syriac. There are also examples written in pseudo-script, presumably by less literate scribes. Although the texts are not dated they are generally assigned to the late sassanian/ early islamic period (6th-8th century a.D.). Their main function was to trap evil spirits and they were often placed upside down at the corners of rooms, or built into foundations or cemeteries. The texts sometimes instruct them to be placed âat the four corners (of the room)â for extra protection. The names of the clients for whom the bowls were made can be divided into two main categories- semitic and persian. However this is not always a reliable guide to their ethnicity. Jewish influence on the mandaic inscriptions was minimal but is pronounced in the aramaic incantations. Many of the scribes may have been jewish or trained by jews, and the hebrew bible is frequently quoted.
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Bronze Mahta Incense Shovel - Fz.218 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040841/Antique-Bronze-Mahta-Incense-Shovel---FZ-218 In the temple of jerusalem and in synagogues throughout the ancient world, the fragrant smoke of incense filled the air. The high priest burned this aromatic blend of spices and gums on a special altar before the holy of holies. The smoke was intended to purify the air of the sanctuary and to please the deity. A costly offering, incense was considered the worthy gift of princes and heads of state. It also carried great spiritual significance hence the saying, âlet my prayer be set forth before thee as incense, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice,â (psalms 141:2). The mahta, or incense shovel, was employed in the ritual of burning and for removing the ashes afterwards. This splendid example, free from graven images, was almost certainly used in a synagogue of the roman period. The handle is of column-form, decorated with a corinthian capital. Origin: en gedi, israel circa: 1 st century ce to 2 nd century ce dimensions: 11.5" (29.2cm) high catalogue: v12 collection: biblical style: roman period medium: bronze
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Green Glass Vessel - Of.151 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040842/Antique-Green-Glass-Vessel---OF-151 Green glass vessel - of.151 origin: mediterranean circa: 100 ad to 300 ad dimensions: 6.4" (16.3cm) high collection: biblical style: roman medium: glass
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Bronze Sculpture Of Asherat - Fz.351 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040848/Antique-Bronze-Sculpture-of-Asherat---FZ-351 This extraordinary bronze statue is one of the earliest examples of the goddess asherat, the "mother of the gods", or "the holy one". She was the spouse of el the "father of men"; and in ugarit, a maritime city, she was associated with the sea. It may not be a coincidence therefore that a statue of her came from byblos, a coastal city. Called byblos by the greeks, this prosperous city was the source of papyrus on which they wrote their books, byblia. Though there were close ties with egypt during this period, this statue is distinctly near eastern in style. She is the archetype female, naked and proud, with her arms upraised and fists clenched, characteristic of such goddess figures. Her femininity and overt sexuality is directly related to her being a fertility image. Her function was probably to stand in a temple dedicated to fertility rites, and accept homages by women hoping to conceive. Though she may be a goddess of the past, her power and sexual energy makes her as alive and vibrant today as she was thousands of years ago. - (fz.351)origin: byblos, lebanon circa: 1900 bc to 1300 bc dimensions: 6.5" (16.5cm) high collection: biblical style: middle bronze age medium: bronze
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Apulian Red-bell Krater - Sf.046 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040855/Antique-Apulian-Red-Bell-Krater---SF-046 Apulian red-bell krater - sf.046 origin: magna graecia circa: 400 bc to 300 bc dimensions: 13.75" (34.9cm) high x 15.25" (38.7cm) wide collection: classical style: apulian medium: terracotta
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Pale Green, Semi-opaque Heavy Glass Jar - Gf.0007 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040858/Antique-Pale-Green--Semi-Opaque-Heavy-Glass-Jar---GF-0007 A rare--possibly unique--early example of the glassmaker's art, this vase appears as if carved from jade, alabaster or some similar gemstone. In fact, as glass, it was even more precious to the age that created it. Time has in no way diminished that rarity, and we today can continue to delight in its astonishing beauty. - (gf.0007) origin: houran,syria circa: 4000 bc to 2000 bc dimensions: 2.65" (6.7cm) high catalogue: v1 collection: biblical style: bronze age medium: glass
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Gold Benfra Bracelet - Rp.011 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040859/Antique-Gold-Benfra-Bracelet---RP-011 Origin: ghana circa: 18 th century ad dimensions: 4.33" (11.0cm) high collection: african style: akan medium: gold this dramatic bracelet would once have been worn by a chieftain or queen-mother from the akan peoples. They are known as benfra (benfena or berenfena) bracelets and are usually worn on the left-wrist or forearm. They are cast in two halves and joined by a pin. They do not seem to have any specific symbolic meaning beyond a desire for conspicuous display of wealth. The finest, like this example, have a complex spiky design with additional incisions of parallel lines and concentric circles. They were hollow-cast around a clay core and then decorated with modelled designs. They are also known to have been produced in silver or gilded wood.
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Late Bronze Age Monochrome Jug - P.0164 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040865/Antique-Late-Bronze-Age-Monochrome-Jug---P-0164 When the servant of isaac met rebecca returning from the well (genesis 24) she might have been carrying water in a vessel such as this one. Graceful in form, with bold yet simple decoration, it reminds us of mankind's age-old desire to surround himself with a beauty that outshines mere function. It is so easy to imagine this jug perched atop the head of some ancient woman as she went, laughing with her friends to collect water. - (p.0164)origin: israel circa: 1500 bc to 1250 bc dimensions: 12.25" (31.1cm) high x11"(27.9cm)wide catalogue:v1collection:biblical style: late bronze age medium: terracotta.
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Butterfly Effect 5 - F.0455 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040869/Antique-Butterfly-Effect-5---F-0455 Butterfly effect 5 - f.0455 origin: united states circa: 2010 ad dimensions: 12" (30.5cm) high x 12" (30.5cm) wide collection: contemporary medium: acrylic on canvas
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Cotton Blossom B - F.1067 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040877/Antique-Cotton-Blossom-b---F-1067 Cotton blossom b - f.1067 origin: united states circa: 2010 ad dimensions: 60" (152.4cm) high x 36" (91.4cm) wide collection: contemporary medium: acrylic on canvas
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Terracotta Monochrome Pilgrim's Flask - P.0468 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040880/Antique-Terracotta-Monochrome-Pilgrim--s-Flask---P-0468 The bold, abstract geometry that decorates this charming vessel seems to convey the lively spirit ofthe ancient people through whose hands it passed so long ago. We remember that these were individuals who laughed and sang, talked, argued and loved. Inappearance they were similar to us, though their vision of the world was vastly different. This pot--which perhaps held ritual oil or wine--links us directly to that ancient world.Our hands rest where other hands did in biblical times;the energythe bond,is there to be felt.-(p.0468).
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Vase With Two Handles - P.0485 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040887/Antique-Vase-with-Two-Handles---P-0485 Decorated with a lively pattern of incisions, this graceful vessel perhaps contained fine oil or wine during the sunset of the classical world. When we hold it today, we are aware of the touch of ancient hands: shaping it, decorating its surface, selling it in some bustling marketplace, pouring out is precious contents. In its presence, those ancient persons, otherwise forgotten, come briefly alive. We feel the energy of their lives and we become part of the unbroken chain of history. - (p.0485)
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Poseidon A - F.1474 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040894/Antique-Poseidon-a---F-1474 Poseidon a - f.1474 origin: united states circa: 2010 ad dimensions: 60" (152.4cm) high x 48" (121.9cm) wide collection: contemporary style: abstract art medium: acrylic on canvas
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Middle Bronze Age Jug With Painted Decorations - P.0616 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040899/Antique-Middle-Bronze-Age-Jug-with-Painted-Decorations---P-0616 N israel, as in other ancient nations, it was customary to dedicate persons or objects to sacred use by anointing them with oil. Thus samuel anointed saul king, as moses had hallowed the tabernacle and aaron the high priest before, and abraham had sanctified isaac. A vessel such as this--simple but elegant--may have contained oil for ritual use. Whose hands might have held it so long ago we cannot know, yet the connection is a direct one between our age and theirs. - (p.0616)
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Roman Period Bronze Bust Of A Woman - Fz.034 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040902/Antique-Roman-Period-Bronze-Bust-of-a-Woman---FZ-034 The dreamy, classical beauty of this woman almost certainly identifies her as a goddess, perhaps a romanized version of the egyptian isis, or persephone, reluctant queen of the underworld. The loops on her head were probably for the attachment of a crown of flowers, while the holes in her neck suggest that her missing body may have been of ivory or wood covered with precious gold or silver. She appears lost in a reverie: wistful, lovely, a little sad--as if mourning the passing of ancient glories. - (fz.034)
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Terracotta Stirrup Jar - P.2338 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040905/Antique-Terracotta-Stirrup-Jar---P-2338 This elegant shaped stirrup vessel is of a type often associated with ancient mycenae on the greek mainland. As there was thriving trade during the late bronze age between the various cultures of the eastern mediterranean, it is very possible that the jar originated there and traveled to ancient palestine filled with precious oil or wine. Graceful in form, with bold yet simple decoration, it reminds us of mankind's age-old desire to surround himself with a beauty that outshines mere function. Whose hands might have held it so long ago we can only guess, yet the connection is a direct one between our age and theirs. - (p.2338)
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Sculpture Of The God Amun In The Form Of A Ram - Z.0038 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040907/Antique-Sculpture-of-the-God-Amun-in-the-Form-of-a-Ram---Z-0038 Origin: sinai, egypt circa: 720 bc to 30 bc dimensions: 2.5" (6.4cm) high x .75" (1.9cm) wide catalogue: v1 collection: egyptian style: late dynastic period medium: bronze this bronze statuette represents a ram gingerly striding forward on a rectangular base. The ram is modeled with restraint with a sculptural emphasis placed on the stylized musculature of its body rather than an articulation of its fleece. Nevertheless, certain details such as its hooves, tail, horns, and muzzle are more naturally rendered and imbue the figure with a sobriety consistent with its depiction as a manifestation of the state god, amun. That identification is confirmed by the sun disc fronted by a uraeus which serves as the ramâs headdress and sole insignia. the cult of the state god amun rose to prominence during the course of the egyptian new kingdom in the late second millennium b.C. And continued to maintain its pre-eminent role into the late period. So, for example, the kushite pharaohs of dynasty xxv linked the egyptian god amun of thebes with their own local deity of napata worshipped deep in nubia at gebel barkal. Later, in the fourth century b.C., alexander the great, in an effort to promote his divine claim, often chose to be depicted with the ramâs horns of amun as his personal emblem. Our ram can, therefore, be dated to this late resurgence of the cult of amun. And while, admittedly, there are few known parallels for our particular depiction, its style is consistent with that known for the depiction of other animals, such as the mongoose. A dating within the late period, therefore, seems assured for our example.
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Bronze Age Ostrich Egg Vessel - P.2516 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040910/Antique-Bronze-Age-Ostrich-Egg-Vessel---P-2516 Throughout antiquity, the ostrich was esteemed as a noble bird, prized for its size, its speed, its feathers and its eggs. The pharaohs of egypt are depicted hunting the ostrich, and fans made from the tail feathers have been valued because of their unusual size and perfect shape. In the biblical era, the rare eggs were something turned into offering vessels or lamps for sacred shrines. Who gave this gift to some unknown god, hoping to win the favor of the deity? This graceful object acts like a key to the past, opening the doors of the imagination. - (p.2516)
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Ostrich Egg Vessel - P.2708 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040918/Antique-Ostrich-Egg-Vessel---P-2708 Throughout antiquity, the ostrich was esteemed as a noble bird, prized for its size, its speed, its feathers and its eggs. The pharaohs of egypt are depicted hunting the ostrich, and fans made from the tail feathers have been valued because of their unusual size and perfect shape. In the biblical era, the rare eggs were something turned into offering vessels or lamps for sacred shrines. Who gave this gift to some unknown god, hoping to win the favor of the deity? This graceful object acts like a key to the past, opening the doors of the imagination. - (p.2708)
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Limestone Relief Panel Depicting Bes - X.0137 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040921/Antique-Limestone-Relief-Panel-Depicting-Bes---X-0137 Origin: egypt circa: 2 nd century ad dimensions: 10.75" (27.3cm) high collection: egyptian style: roman period medium: limestone the grinning dwarf god bes was one of the most popular deities in the egyptian pantheon, one whose worship was absorbed almost intact into hellenistic culture. He was a popular subject for amulets, and part of his appeal appears to have been the perception that he was more accessible and willing to listen to the common man than were the intimidating national gods such as amun, osiris, or horus. In addition to being a patron god of music and art, bes was believed to protect mankind from all evil and malevolence and thus is a fitting subject for amulets. He was also held to be a protector of pregnant women, amusing them during childbirth so that they forget the pain. Bes is usually depicted as a dwarf with a face that is both leonine and human. Here, he is represented nude squatting down with bent knees, brandishing a sword in his raised right hand and clenching a snake in his lowered left hand, as if about to decapitate this serpent. He is shown with his characteristic leonine beard and plumed headdress. Created during the roman period, when the emperors of rome ruled over the land of egypt, this impressive relief panel is a testament to the popularity of bes during this period of heavy classical influence. - (x.0137)
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Faience Jug With Handle http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040925/Antique--Faience-Jug-With-Handle Simple yet graceful in form, this lovely jug perhaps contained scented oil during the golden age of rome. When we hold it today, we are aware of the touch of ancient hands: shaping it, glazing it, selling it in some bustling marketplace, pouring out its precious contents. In its presence, those ancient citizens of rome--otherwise forgotten--come briefly alive. We feel the energy of their lives, and we become part of the unbroken chain of history. - (p.2841)
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Stone Weight In The Shape Of A Duck - Lo.1104 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040930/Antique-Stone-Weight-in-the-Shape-of-a-Duck---LO-1104 Stone weight in the shape of a duck - lo.1104 origin: egypt circa: 1500 bc to 1100 bc dimensions: 1.75" (4.4cm) wide collection: egyptian antiquities medium: diorite
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Northern Syrian Sculpture Of A Bull - Pf.0130 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040932/Antique-Northern-Syrian-Sculpture-Of-A-Bull---PF-0130 Since the dawn of civilization, since man first began to paint on the wall of caves, the bull has been a symbol of godly strength and power. This splendid rendering captures the proud essence of the animal: alert, muscular, a little dangerous even in repose. With holes for long-vanished wheels, this piece would have been a votive from some ancient individual who sought to attract the attention of the gods with the most pleasing gift possible. - (pf.0130)
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Pair Of Third Intermediate Period Painted Wooden Panels - Lo.1110 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040934/Antique-Pair-of-Third-Intermediate-Period-Painted-Wooden-Panels---LO-1110 Origin: egypt circa: 1080 bc to 720 bc dimensions: 16" (40.6cm) high x 8.75" (22.2cm) wide x 1.25" (3.2cm) depth collection: egyptian antiquities style: third intermediate period medium: wood these brightly painted and well-preserved wooden panels contain mirror-images of what appears to be the same scene, suggesting that they were symmetrically arranged on the sarcophagus to which these panels originally belonged. The best preserved of the two figures in each pair is a mummiform, jackal-headed deity, who, although not inscribed, can plausibly be identified as duamutef, one of the four sons of horus. His identification seems assured by his iconography which includes his tightly-fitting white garment with its red ribbons, which represent the mummy bandages in which he and his brothers are traditionally enveloped. These deities stand on neb-signs which represent luxury vessels created from banded alabaster, indicated by their angular ornamentation. The baskets represent the word neb, âlordâ or âmasterâ in the hieroglyphs, and were probably incorporated into a rebus, or visual pun, forming one or more epithets associated with these four sons of horus. There are two vertical motifs near the legs of each pair of figures. The element to the far left and right is a stylized representation of romaine lettuce, used in ancient egyptian art as a signifier of the fecundity inherent in the plant world and a symbol of resurrection. The other element is perhaps best understood as a censor, containing a ball of frankincense or myrrh in its cup-like top, the smoke of which was traditionally used to accompanying the performance of sacred rituals.
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Terracotta Sculpture Of A Bearded Votary - Pf.0163 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040938/Antique-Terracotta-Sculpture-Of-A-Bearded-Votary---PF-0163 With his wide, staring eyes and attitude of reverence, this bearded man displays characteristics typical of votive figures since ancient mesopotamian times. From what biblical deity does he ask a favor? In a manner similar to this, perhaps, abraham stood vulnerable before his god in the hills of hebron. We feel in this powerful piece an age-old bond between man and mysterious forces that are far larger than himself. - (pf.0163)
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Bronze Age Limestone Votive Sculpture - Pf.0167 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040943/Antique-Bronze-Age-Limestone-Votive-Sculpture---PF-0167 With his arms clasped reverently to his chest, this powerful figure stands in awe before some god the world has now forgotten. He evokes a distant age, a time when man felt more helpless before the forces of the cosmos. Even after all these centuries, his quiet dignity in the face of the unknown has the power to move us. - (pf.0167)
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Egyptian Stone Figure Of Woman - Sp.026 http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040950/Antique-Egyptian-Stone-Figure-of-Woman---SP-026 Origin: egypt circa: 1600 bc to 1300 bc dimensions: 10.5" (26.7cm) high collection: egyptian antiquities style: new kingdom medium: stone this elegant and refined figure is a beautiful example of the skill and craftsmanship of sculptors during egyptâs new kingdom. It depicts an aristocratic young woman â perhaps a goddess, for gods and kings/queens were synonymous at the time â dressed in an elegantly-shaped tunic, with sleeves down to her elbows, and a long headdress. She is slim and elegant, with very finely-carved features, a firm jaw and careful detailing on all textile surfaces. She is leaning back against a block, the rear of which bears two columns of hieroglyphics which are likely to identify the person or deity concerned, and to wish benedictions upon them. the new kingdom â which lasted from the 16th century bc to the 11th century bc â was the very pinnacle of egyptian power, when she had a true empire, which gave rise to phenomenal wealth and diversity within her own boundaries. Egypt expanded into the middle east to fight the hittites for control of syria, and also sent armies successfully into nubia, while opening trade routes with punt and many other areas of the near east. Domestic changes included egyptâs only flirtation with monotheism, and while akhenatenâs influence attracted many enemies, it also changed the route of egyptian art. The works of this period are exceptional in terms of their beauty of execution and faithfulness to detail, although some aspects of representation were still formulaic.
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Early Bronze Age Stone Double-headed Disc-shaped Figurine And Child http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040952/Antique--Early-Bronze-Age-Stone-Double-Headed-Disc-Shaped-Figurine-and-Child- This wonderful marble idol is designed with a degree of stylization characteristic of the design of idols created in virtually every early civilization of the ancient near east. As a result, the body has been treated as a uniform disc-shape form in which indications of the arms and legs have been purposefully suppressed. Two tall and elegant columnar-like necks, separated from that body by a neck-line, rise up to display two separately made, triangularly-shaped heads which are conjoined at their sides. The features of these heads are minimally defined by linear adjuncts in-filled with darker material in order to indicate the hair, forehead, and eyes. The five striations in the far corner of the head on the right may be indications of a beard in order to suggest that this idol is to be understood as a god. Accepting this suggestion enables one to identify the figure to the left as his goddess- consort. Their shared, disc-shaped body is ornamented in linear style, again in-filled in places with darker material, with a dominating x-shaped crisscrossed bandoleer-like set of straps, each divided by a central rib, the resulting zones decorated with obliquely sloping lines. The upper straps of the bandoleer are joined by a slightly convex third band, decorated in two superimposed rows recalling a kind of checker- board pattern. There is an additional ornament at the neck of each figure which one is tempted to identify as a necklace, consisting of a horizontal, ladder-like pattern. The edges of the bandoleers and of this ladder-like pattern are further enhanced by a series of incised dotted circle
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Nabatean Limestone Bust http://www.antiques.com/classified/1040954/Antique-Nabatean-Limestone-Bust A powerful trading nation, the nabateans (also spelled nabataeans) borrowed from the best of hellenistic and roman cultures to produce a unique artistic tradition of their own. At the hidden capital of petra, their stonework reached its zenith in the fabulous tombs carved from rock. This lively head shows the strong influence of greek naturalism blended with a naive stylization of form. The sculptor has imbued his subject with a vivid personality that transcends the boundaries of mere stone. - (pf.0321)
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