Guy Clark's Ancient Coins and Antiquities

Artifacts


The artifacts are arranged by geographical region to make it easier to find examples from a particular area. All artifacts are guaranteed genuine and none are illegally smuggled from their country of origin to the best of my knowledge. The artifacts in which I deal are generally those everyday items which average middle class or lower individuals would have used. They are every bit as interesting and generally more affordable for most of us. Measurements on most objects are in millimeters (mm) or centimeters (cm). To convert to inches, figure about 24mm or 2.4cm per inch.

Last updated: 30 March 2011

Egyptian Artifacts

Amulets

A27. Egypt, Late Period, ca 1085-332 BC, Faience Papyrus Sceptre (Wadj) on Plaque. A composition plaque depicting a papyrus sceptre (wadj), 24mm long by 11mm wide, cream colored but probably originally glazed (now oxidized), intact with no chipping and only modest wear and in Good condition....$125 Photo

A29. Egypt, Late Period, ca 1085-332 BC, Faience Amulet of THOTH. A light blue faience amulet of a standing Thoth, 31mm tall, holed in the back for stringing, stylized features, intact, CHOICE condition....$175 Photo
Thoth was the god of writing and knowledge, depicted as either a baboon or a sacred ibis.

A30. Egypt, Late Period, ca 1085-332 BC, Faience Amulet of TAWARET/THOERIS. A light blue faience amulet of a standing hippopotamus god Tawaret/Thoeris, 15mm tall, holed in the back for stringing, intact, CHOICE condition....SOLD Photo
Tawaret/Thoeris was a household deity in the form of a hippopotamus who was particularly associated with the protection of women in childbirth, with her pendulous breasts and full belly conveying the idea of pregnancy. Essentially a benevolent figure, Tawaret is widely represented on amulets and because of her protective powers during childbirth, is often depicted on beds and headrests. The male hippo was regarded as a destructive animal and associated with the evil god Seth.

A31. Egypt, Late Period, ca 1085-332 BC, Faience Amulet of ANUBIS. A light blue faience amulet of a standing jackal-headed god Anubis, 19mm tall, holed in the back for stringing, intact, CHOICE condition....SOLD Photo
Anubis was the canine god of the dead, closely associated with embalming and mummification. The cult of Anubis was eventually associated with that of Osiris, the other primary god of the dead.

A32. Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, ca 320-30 BC, Faience Amulet of a Falcon, symbol of HORUS. A green faience amulet of a falcon, symbol for Horus, 12mm tall, holed in the back for stringing, originally seems to have had a head-dress which is now broken off, otherwise intact, GOOD condition....$95 Photo

A34. Egypt, Late Period, ca 1085-332 BC, Steatite Heart Amulet. Carved of cream and tan colored steatite, 26mm long, intact and in CHOICE condition....$150 PhotoThe heart was considered by the Egyptians to be the most important organ, for to them it was the seat of knowledge and intelligence, hence the weighing of the heart by the gods of the underworld upon death, for only it retained the memory of the owner's deeds on earth. These were placed in and on the mummy wrappings and became one of the most important amulets from sometime in the New Kingdom until the end of the pharaonic period.

A35. Egypt, Third Intermediate Period - Late Period, ca 1085-332 BC, double-sided pataikos amulet of a dwarf god (sometimes identified as Ptah-Seker) with the same figure depicted each side, glazed composition of a light olive green color, features fairly clear and generally distinct, holed through the upper middle for suspension, 17mm tall, these were popular as protective amulets, intact and in SUPERB condition....$175 Photo

A36. Egypt, Third Intermediate Period - Late Period, ca 1085-332 BC, double-sided Pataikos amulet of a dwarf god (sometimes identified as Ptah-Seker) with Janus-like head showing the bearded dwarf god Bes on the back side, glazed composition of a light olive green color, features fairly clear and generally distinct, holed in the back for suspension, 36mm tall, both of these gods were popular as protective amulets, intact and in SUPERB condition....$275 Photo

Seals, Scarabs, etc.


Nearly all scarabs offered here are holed at both ends as they were made for wearing, either on a necklace or on a ring.

A33. Egypt, 20th Dynasty, ca 1200-1085 BC, Bundle-backed Seal. Frit composition bundle-backed seal of cream color (probably glazed originally but now oxidized and worn off), slight hints of green apparent, heiroglyphs on the base, approximately 20mm in length, Rowe 84-85var. I have 2 of these, heiroglyphs slightly different on each, of similar condition and a nice matched pair, Good condition and intact, Each....$95, Pair for $175 Photo

A41. Egypt, Second Intermediate Period, Hyksos, ca 1674-1567 BC, Steatite Scarab. Linear form lion in oval lozenge, Rowe 314 sim. 14mm long by 10mm wide, completely intact with no chipping, SUPERB condition....SOLD Photo

A42. Egypt, Second Intermediate Period, Hyksos, ca 1674-1567 BC, Hardstone Scarab. Linear form of woman smelling a lotus, Rowe284 sim. 17mm long by 13mm wide, small chip on top and on one side not affecting design, light brown colored stone, clear design, CHOICE condition....$195 Photo

A44. Egypt, Second Intermediate Period, Hyksos, ca 1674-1567 BC, Steatite Scarab. Ten concentric circles attached by lines to central concentric circle, one disconnected circle at top. 14mm long by 9mm wide, nicely carved white steatite with a small chip at back edge near hole and small shallow gouge on top surface, otherwise intact and clear, CHOICE condition....$175 Photo

A45. Egypt, Second Intermediate Period, Hyksos, ca 1674-1567 BC, Steatite Scarab. 17mm long by 12mm wide, pattern consisting of 6 sets of concentric circles, a small lotus near edge between 2 circles spaced farther apart, nfr (good, beautiful) in center, an amuletic ('good luck charm') type of scarab, very very minor chipping, intact, CHOICE condition....$175 Photo

A48. Egypt, 26th Dynasty, ca 665-525 BC, Green Faience Funerary Scarab. Scarab beetle back with suspension loop on base, Petrie 92d. 12mm long, intact and fully glazed except for one very minor spot where it is chipped off, these were woven into the shroud casings of mummies in later Egyptian dynasties for amuletic purposes, CHOICE condition and SCARCE....SOLD Photo

A49. Egypt, 25th Dynasty and after, ca 712-332 BC, Steatite Funerary Scarab of mottled black and white steatite stone, carved both sides with fairly distinct features though not greatly detailed, intact and attractive, these were woven into the shroud casings of mummies in later Egyptian dynasties for amuletic purposes, CHOICE condition....$175 Photo

Ushabtis

A50. Faience ushabtis, Late period, ca 1085-332 BC, approximately 40-45mm tall, blue glaze mostly intact, some partially oxidized, fairly nice condition, small and not detailed but nice for the types and affordable, unlike many ushabtis these days, buy a group of them and be ready to go in the style of an ancient Egyptian, the 3 shown are representative of the group, each....$45 Photo

A51. Faience ushabtis, Late-Ptolemaic Period, ca 1085-30 BC, approximately 65-73mm tall, blue-green glaze partially to almost fully oxidized, crude but in nice condition with some facial features (somewhat indistinct), the ones pictured are representative of the group I have, intact and CHOICE condition, each....$65 Photo

A53. Faience Ushabti, Late Period, ca 1085-332BC, (most likely ca 600BC or earlier), 100mm tall, tourquoise blue glaze, heiroglyphics on front panel visible but some seem somewhat indistinct, nice form to statue and attractive example, CHOICE condition....$325 Photo

A54.Faience Ushabtis, Late Period, ca 1085-332 BC, I have a small group of these, some variety in color between light blue and light green, all approximately 100mm tall, no heiroglyphics (as made), all with nice features (I picked them from a large group), attractive examples, CHOICE condition and sure to go fast at this price, only 1 left....$175 Photo

A55. Faience Ushabti, Late Period or after, ca 1087-341 BC, 79mm (3 inches) tall, light green glaze with some brownish oxidation, features fairly clear, fairly attractive, no heiroglyphics as made, decent example, CHOICE condition....$185 Photo

A56. Faience Ushabti, Late Period, ca 1085-332 BC, 70mm tall, blue glaze intact with 2 patches of plaster on back where it was cemented to a surface in the tomb, features fairly clear, attractive, intact and SUPERB condition....$195 Photo

A59. Faience Ushabtis, Late Period, ca 1085-332 BC, approximately 90mm tall, blue glaze intact with some oxidation and erosion evident, features fairly clear, heiroglyphics on front untranslated and somewhat indistinct, fairly attractive, 4 offered here, each intact and CHOICE condition, each....$195 Photo

A60. Faience Ushabtis, Late Period, ca 1085-332 BC, approximately 90mm tall, blue glaze intact but rough with some oxidation and erosion evident, features somewhat indistinct, without heiroglyphics as made, somewhat crude but decent, 5 offered here, each intact and CHOICE condition, each....$85 Photo

A61. Faience Ushabtis, Late Period, ca 1085-332 BC, approximately 60-65mm tall, blue glaze partial with much oxidation and some erosion evident, features somewhat indistinct, without heiroglyphics as made, somewhat crude but decent, 4 offered here, each intact and CHOICE condition, each....$65 Photo

Asia and Mesopotamia - The Early Kingdoms

- Sumeria, Babylonia, Assyria, Hittites

Religious items

A136. Syria, ca late 3rd to early 2nd Millennium BC, Terracotta Bull, 7cm long by 6 cm tall, broken before hind legs and expertly repaired, some chipping of ends of horns, otherwise intact, CHOICE condition....$225 Photo

Tools and Weapons

A140. Mesopotamia/Syria, Bronze Dagger, ca 2nd Millennium BC, approximately 335mm long, handle and blade made as one part, blade very slightly bent and shows some erosion of edge towards tip, hollow area of handle would have had filling and a decorative cover, but these are rarely found intact as they usually eroded away, crusty dark green patina, Good-near CHOICE condition....SOLD Photo

A145. Luristan, ca 2nd Millennium BC, Bronze Javelin head, 119mm long, hollow shaft, narrow tapering blade with thick mid-rib, green patina, bottom of shaft ragged and partly broken off, otherwise intact, decent example, CHOICE condition....$125 Photo

A146. Luristan, ca Mid-Late 2nd Millennium BC, Bronze Arrowheads, various shapes, of various lengths and widths as follows:
A. 46mm total length, tapering blade with strong central mid-rib, recurved barbs with minor damage, otherwise intact, slightly crusty green patina, CHOICE condition....$75 each (2 available) Photo
B. 130mm total length, 14mm wide at base of blade, tapering blade with flat mid-rib, green patina, CHOICE condition....SOLDPhoto
C. 83mm total length, 16mm wide at base of blade, tapering blade with flattened mid-rib, green patina, CHOICE condition....SOLD Photo
D. 75mm total length, strong central midrib, blade expands at midlength, slightly crusty green patina, small nick near midpoint of edge on one side, CHOICE condition.....$125 Photo
E. 116mm total length, strong central midrib, tapering blade which rounds off slightly near tip, slightly rough green patina, SUPERB condition.....SOLD Photo
F. 130mm total length, strong central midrib, moderately long tang, tapering blade, slightly rough brown and green patina, SUPERB condition.....$145 left one SOLD (1 available) Photo
G. 121mm total length, 29mm wide at base of blade, strong central midrib, moderately long tang, tapering blade with slight recurved barbs, blade thickens near tip, slightly rough green patina, SUPERB condition.....SOLD Photo
H. 147mm total length, 26mm wide at base of blade, strong central midrib, moderately long tang, tapering blade with slight recurved barbs, blade thickens near tip, slightly rough green patina, SUPERB condition....SOLD Photo
I. 115mm total length, long tang, leaf-shaped blade with recurved barbs, slightly rough green patina, SUPERB condition....SOLD Photo

A147. Luristan, ca 1200-800BC, Bronze Spearhead, 163mm long with a short head 63mm long and folded over socketed shaft making the rest, strong central midrib, minor damage to base of socket and very minor chipping of blade edge, green and brown patina with very light encrustation, CHOICE condition....$275 Photo

A151. Luristan, ca 1200-800 BC, Bronze Leaf-shaped Spear Point, socketed shaft, 135mm long, tip blunted, possibly from impact, 40mm wide near base of blade, prominent central midrib, minor damage to base of socket, slightly crusty green patina, attractive and in CHOICE condition....$395 Photo

A153. Luristan, ca 1200-800 BC, Bronze Spear Point, 163mm long, folded over socketed base with some minor damage to bottom, mud and possibly part of wood from shaft embedded in hole, dark brown and green patina with minor encrustation, few tiny nicks on blade edge, CHOICE condition....$195 Photo

A154. Luristan, ca 1200-800 BC, Bronze Spear Point, 129mm long, socketed base with some damage to bottom, strong central midrib, minor nicking to blade edge, brown patina, near CHOICE condition....$175 SOLD Photo

A156. Luristan, ca 1200-800 BC, Bronze Spear Point, 171mm long, socketed base with no damage, blade approximately half the total length with rounded shoulders and strong central midrib, very minor nicking of blade edge, slightly crusty green patina, attractive example, SUPERB condition....$395 Photo

A157. Luristan, ca 1200-800 BC, Bronze Dagger Blade, 236mm total length with 40mm shank which still has pin inserted through it for affixing to handle, minor nicking of blade, brown and green patina with slight encrustation, CHOICE condition....$175 SOLD Photo

A158A. Luristan, ca 1200-800 BC, Bronze Dagger Blade, 233mm total length with 40mm shank part of which is broken off of bottom, hole for pin insertion can be partially seen at base of existing shank, minor nicking of blade, brown and green patina with slight encrustation, CHOICE condition....$175 SOLD Photo

A161. Mesopotamia/Persia, ca 2nd Millennium BC, Bronze Macehead, 130mm tall, consisting of a 23mm diameter shaft extending 25mm above and 70mm below an expanded head featuring numerous rows of short projections, 3 raised rings on shaft just above and just below head, each end of the shaft terminates in a thickened raised rim, somewhat rough green patina with light earthen cover and a few spots of malachite blue overlying a smooth dark brown patina, only flaw is a small notch broken out of the bottom terminal ring, a nice example, CHOICE condition....$895 Photo

Personal Items

- Rings, Bracelets, Fibulae, etc.

A170. Phrygia (in Asia Minor), ca early 1st Millennium BC, Bronze Fibula, Arm and Hand type, U-shaped 40mm wide by 35mm tall, slightly rough brown patina over a more even black one, small area of chipping on pin (see photo) which is otherwise fully intact, SCARCE and in Choice condition....$175 Photo

For more items from Persia and east dating to the time of later Greece and Rome, see below after the Roman section under Parthia and Sassania.

Central Asia - Scythian, Bactrian, Kushan, etc.

- roughly encompassing the modern regions of Afghanistan, Pakistan, southern Uzbekhistan and NW India

A187. Central Asia, ca 2nd-1st Millennium BC, Bronze Buckle, composed of a ring 27mm diameter with a 4-petaled floral motif at one side and a bird head at the other, brown patina overlaid by a thin slightly rough green patina, intact and CHOICE condition....SOLD Photo

A188. Central Asia, ca 2nd-1st Millennium BC, Bronze Double Buckle of elaborate design, 102mm long by 24mm wide, comprised of 2 ring buckles joined by 3 rods, the outer 2 decorated with raised knobs and the center one wrapped in wire, floral motif at one end and bird head motif at other, slightly rough green patina, large, attractive and unusual, RARE, intact and SUPERB condition....SOLD Photo

A190. Western Central Asia, margiana to Bactria, Namazga Period V-VI, 2300-1600 BC, Cruciform Compartmentalized Bronze Seal, 40mm diameter, olive grey-green patina, loop on back for holding in use and attachment, intact, SUPERB condition....SOLD Photo

A191. Central Asia, ca 3rd-2nd Millennium BC, a group of large Fibulae of straight design with decorative tops in the shape of poppy seed heads:
C. 146mm long, decorated with 2 incised 'V' shapes and 4 incised rings above which are 3 protruding knobs, above that is a large bulbous section with 3 small projections each divided into 3 sections and incised crescents beneath to form sepals, at the top is a large conical knob. This whole assembly resembles the seed head of a mature poppy. Green patina with slight earthen cover, SUPERB condition....$235 SOLD Photo
D. 189mm long, somewhat more stylized and of slimmer and lighter design than the previous 3 examples, but with the same basic poppy motif, 3 protruding knobs surmounted by the bulbous area with 3 sepals and 3 projections topped by a conical knob, slightly rough green patina, intact and SUPERB condition....$175 Photo
F. 210mm long, decorated at top with 4 incised circles surmounted by a bulbous section which has small lines incised on the bottom half, topped by a short neck and an inverted cone divided into 4 sections and decorated with a herringbone pattern, dark green patina with slight earthen cover, intact and SUPERB condition....$195 Photo

A192. Central Asia, 2nd-1st Millennium BC, Bronze Amuletic Figures:
A. Small stylized figure of quadruped with horns, possibly an antelope or similar creature, 22mm long by 22mm tall, brown patina, attractive, intact and SUPERB condition....SOLD Photo
B. Small cast figure of duck or goose, 24mm long by 21mm tall, dark brown patina with small spots of encrustation, CHOICE condition....$75 SOLD Photo
E. Small figure of elephant atop what was probably a hairpin, most of pin missing, 30mm total length, elephant 21mm long, tip of trunk possibly broken off in antiquity as it is very short, good features with even tusks clear, dark brown patina, CHOICE condition....$95 Photo
G. Small figure of man wearing pointed hat, 30mm tall, simple design with arms at side and holes for attachment at spot between arms and body, eyes and mouth clear, dark green patina, intact and CHOICE condition....SOLD Photo
H. Amuletic mace head, 17mm tall, including loop, by 16mm wide, top half consists of loop, bottom half of a ball with pointed projections such as found on a mace, brown patina with some thin earthen encrustation, intact and CHOICE condition....SOLD Photo

Holy Land Artifacts

- Cannanite, Judean, time of Christ and after

Canaanite - time of the Patriarchs

A215. Canaan, Bronze Age, ca 1600-1400 BC, time of Moses, Bronze chisel for working stone, 175mm long, slightly rough light green patina with some minor encrustation, Choice condition....$150 Photo

A225. Canaan, Bronze Age, ca 3rd-2nd Millennium BC, Bronze Fibula, 195mm long, plain design with a flat 'button' end on top and a slightly widened holed area about 80mm from the top for attaching a string, very slightly bent in a few spots, somewhat rough green patina, intact and SUPERB condition....$125 Photo

A226. Canaan, Bronze Age, ca 3rd-2nd Millennium BC, Bronze Fibula, 123mm long, plain design with a flat 'button' end on top and a slightly widened ovate holed area about 22mm from the top for attaching a string, very slightly curved, somewhat rough green patina, intact and SUPERB condition....$95 Photo

Holy Land Pottery, pre-Israelite

A230A. Canaan, Early Bronze Age 'Horned' Cup, 3100-2900 BC, slightly flared lip and 'horn' which protrudes upward at handle, 9.3cm diameter by 6cm tall, minor chipping on lip, buff-colored clay, slight calcite encrustation, CHOICE condition....$195 Photo

A230B. Canaan, Early Bronze Age 'Horned' Cup, 3100-2900 BC, slightly flared lip and 'horn' which protrudes upward at handle, 9 cm diameter at rim by 5.2 cm tall, a few minor chips on lip, buff-colored clay, slight encrustation, CHOICE condition....$195 Photo

A231. Canaan, Chalcolithic-Early Bronze Age Amphoris, ca 3200-3100 BC, buff and orange-colored pottery with reddish-brown striped geometric pattern, 2 lug handles on sides, chip on lip, otherwise intact and above average for these, short neck, 7.5cm tall by 7.5cm wide, a nice example of early pottery, CHOICE condition....$250 Photo

A235. Palestine/Canaan, Middle Bronze Age, ca 1730-1550, time of Joseph and the Egyptian Captivity (time of slavery in Egypt), Terracotta Wheel-turned Juglet, squat biconical body with narrow cylindrical neck, thick lip everted, rounded bottom, buff-colored clay, thin closed crack in bottom side and a few minor chips to lip, otherwise intact, 10cm tall, 9cm diameter, CHOICE condition....$175 Photo

Judean Kingdoms

- early kingdoms and Hasmoneans/Maccabees

A238. First Temple Period, ca 10th-7th Century BC, Iron Age Bronze Bowl, 10.3cm diameter, 4.5cm tall, decorative groove cut just below lip on outside, green patina with light earthen cover, rust residue in bottom of inside, these bowls were used during the First Temple Period and are quite RARE, SUPERB condition....$395 SOLD Photo

A240. First Temple Period, ca 8th-7th Century BC or earlier, Bronze Finger Cymbals, a nice matched pair, green patina, these were among the musical instruments used in religious rituals, found in Israel, RARE, SUPERB condition....SOLD Photo

Hasmonean Kingdom

A251. Terracotta Unguentarium, 2nd-1st Century BC, time of the Maccabees and the Hasmonean Kings, 12.3cm long, made of dark grey clay, partially covered by a small area of mineral deposit (from burial), CHOICE condition....$125 Photo

Time of Christ and after

A260. Roman Judea, ca 1st -2nd Century AD, Bronze Fishing Hooks, I have a small group of these hooks which are similar to what the fisherman of Galilee and Judea used to catch fish in the Sea of Galilee in the time of Christ, the photo is of a small representative group, intact and in CHOICE condition......each......$75 Photo

A270. Hebraic Bowl, ca 4th-5th Century AD, Terracotta wheel-made bowl with Hebrew inscription inside, 14.5cm diameter, 6cm tall, buff-colored clay, Hebrew inscription written in black paint inside bowl, inscription partially illegible due to fading and discoloration, some encrustation on outside, CHOICE condition....$750 Photo
These bowls were used in ancient Mesopotamia by Jews, Christians and Muslims (this one obviously Jewish), and were placed upside down in the house in order to trap devils or demons, preventing them from harming family members.

Greek Artifacts

Pottery

A301. Greek S. Italy, ca late 4th Century BC, small Xenonware footed Bowl, 5.2 cm tall and 9.4 cm diameter, black glaze except for foot, 3 small but interesting rings in the glaze around the base of the bowl showing where it was stacked in the kiln, 1 moderately large (see photo) and one modest chip on rim, otherwise intact and decent for an inexpensive piece of South Italian pottery....$150 Photo

A304. Greek S. Italy, ca late 4th Century BC, Gnathian ware stemless cup glazed black with some natural borders on foot and decorated on one side with a a band of tongues between double lines below rim and a band of stylized grapes below, the other side with small white dots either side of a double line, upturned handles elegant and well-formed, some wear, attractive, intact, CHOICE condition....$675 Photo

A305. Greek S. Italy, ca late 4th Century BC, Gnathian footed bowl, 8.2 cm tall, 14.1 cm diameter, old break expertly repaired on back side, metallic black glaze on inside and outside except for part of foot, one side decorated with a white and yellow stylized vine pattern, the back decorated with a single white line flanked by white dots above and below, stylized 'hinged handles' in yellow paint each side dividing front and back patterns, unusual and interesting, attractive example....$495 Photo

A306. Greek S. Italy, ca 4th Century BC, Xenon Ware Squat Lekythos, 10 cm tall, 7.8 cm at widest point, glazed black except for lowest part of base and part of foot, some minor wear, intact, CHOICE condition....$450 Photo

A310. Greek S. Italy, ca late 4th Century BC, Gnathian 2-handled Skyphos decorated with grape vines and flowers on one side and stylized flowers on the other, 8.9 cm tall, 8.2 cm diameter at rim. The artist has used an egg and dot pattern (favored by Gnathian artists) around the rim, the back is decorated with incisions which function as vines for small white flowers, the front is decorated in a red vine with red and yellow clusters of grapes and 2 flowers similar to daisies, the base and foot are glazed in part creating an interesting contrast, these cups were used as drinking vessels as well as tomb goods for South Italian Greeks, intact and exceptionally well preserved....$895 Photo

A312. Greek S. Italy, Campania, ca late 4th Century BC, Xenonware single-handled cup, 10.1 cm diameter including handle, 7.8 cm diameter across bowl, 3. 8 cm height, a hemispherical bowl set on a high foot ring, single handle attached at the rim, fully glazed including base, a few small scratches or worn spots in glaze but otherwise fully intact, see Hayes #101 for an example in the Royal Ontario Museum, a nice example of black glazed South Italian pottery, in CHOICE condition....$295 Photo

A315. Greek S. Italy, ca late 4th Century BC, Gnathian Epichysis, 17 cm tall, 9 cm diameter on base, similar in design to the prochous, small medallions of Apollo(?) head on sides of spout base, glazed black and decorated by central medallion and vine design and other bands of decoration, unusual and attractive, intact, see Hayes 242 for very similar example, SUPERB condition....$1,375 Photo

A316. Greek S. Italy, ca late 4th Century BC, Gnathian Oinchoe, 16.5 cm tall, glazed black except for a section left natural near base and decorated with borders of grapes and Greek key among others, tiny chip in Greek key band and small area of rim broken and repaired, otherwise intact and attractive, see Hayes 238, CHOICE condition....$695 Photo

A317. Greek S. Italy, ca late 4th Century BC, Xenon Ware Kylix, 5 cm tall by 18.2 cm wide (not including handles), glazed black except for inside of foot, four stamped palmettes linked by incised arcs (palmette cross) at center, old breakage expertly repaired almost seamlessly, few very minor chips or wear to glaze, otherwise intact and attractive, see Hayes 103, CHOICE condition....$795 Photo

A318. Greek S. Italy, Campania, ca late 4th Century BC, black glazed handled Bowl, 4 cm tall by 9.4 cm diameter, decorated only with bands of the natural clay within black painted areas, some minor wear and a couple of minor chips, otherwise intact, CHOICE condition....$350 Photo

A319. Attic Ware, Athens, ca 5th Century BC, a painted Lekythos, 13 cm tall, top of neck and handle painted black, large area of crosshatch grid design bounded above and below by band of black, attractive, intact, SCARCE, CHOICE condition....$850 Photo

Tools and Weapons

A339. Bronze tripoint Arrowhead, ca 6th-5th Cent.BC, approximately 20-25mm long, various patinas, these are representative of the group, found near the Black Sea, Choice condition....$15 each Photo

Personal Items

Rings, Bracelets, Fibulae, Earrings, etc.

Rings

A341. Thraco-Macedonian, ca 5th-2nd Century BC, bronze ring, bezel incised with horse and rider (similar to depictions on coins of Thessaly), fish before, black patina, approximately size 5, clear picture on bezel, attractive and CHOICE condition....$275 Photo

Fibulae (Toga Pins)

A361. Greece, ca 2nd Century BC, Bronze Knee Brooch, 36mm long, finely arched bow with expanded plate underneath, several rings decorate the knee and the triangular sectioned foot terminates in a small button, large catchplate and separately made pin of many coils, black patina, completely intact and SUPERB condition, RARE this nice....$325 SOLD Photo

Celtic Artifacts

Personal Items

- Rings, Fibulae (Brooches), etc.

A421. Romano-Celtic Silver Fibula/Brooch, ca 3rd-4th Century AD, 29mm long by 20mm wide, foot terminates in small button, interesting form is Celtic, otherwise undecorated, somewhat worn and dinged and slightly out of alignment, but pin intact as is the rest of this brooch, RARE, CHOICE condition....$450 Photo

Statuary

A430. Northern Greece, Black Sea area, ca 1st Century BC - 1st Century AD, Bronze Horse and Rider, 45mm long by 50mm tall, horse's features developed by incised lines, light green patina, rider and horse not necessarily together originally though they seem to fit well and have similar patinas, now joined by glue somewhere along the way, both pieces intact and attractive as a pair, CHOICE condition....$495 Photo

Roman Artifacts

Tools and Weapons

Militaria

A501. Lead Sling Pellets, ca 1st Century BC-4th Century AD, undecorated, white patina typical of lead, CHOICE condition....$35 each; 2 for $60 Photo

Medical and Other Small Tools
Many of the small tools described here were used as medical instruments and also for other purposes as a number of items from this time had multipurpose uses.

A505. Roman Medical Tools (many also used for applying cosmetics), ca 1st-4th Century AD:
A. Bronze Ovate Spatula, 170mm long, spatula 16mm at widest point, blunt probe at other end, intact except for a tiny bit of spatula point broken off in antiquity, slightly rough dark green patina, CHOICE condition....$150 Photo
B. Bronze Round Spatula, 100mm long, spatula 12mm round, dark green patina, intact and SUPERB condition....$125 Photo
C. Bronze Spoon, 141mm long, shallow bowl with pointed end, blunt probe at other end, slightly rough dark green patina, one tiny chip from side of spoon, otherwise intact and CHOICE condition....$150 Photo
D. Bronze Spoon, 131mm long, handle slightly arched, deep bowl with pointed end, slightly rough dark greenish brown patina, intact and SUPERB condition....$150 Photo
E. Bronze Spoon, 152mm long, deep bowl with rounded front, some decoration on handle, dark olive green patina with slight earthen cover, intact and SUPERB condition....$150 Photo
G. Bronze Spoon, 188mm long with very long narrow bowl to spoon, blunt probe at other end, slightly rough dark green patina with partial earthen cover, intact and SUPERB condition....$175 Photo

A508. Roman Bronze Ladle, 236mm long, bowl is horizontal to handle, oval in shape 73mm by 45mm with a deep bowl, small chip from edge of bowl, plain handle with spatulate end, brown patina with thin green encrustation in spots, SCARCE, intact and CHOICE condition....$345 Photo

Household Goods

A520. Bronze finial end for either a pot handle or a drinking horn(?), ca 1st-4th Century AD, in shape of a Ram's head, loop for hanging at end of nose, hollow inside, about 53mm total length, green patina with some roughness on spots, nice condition....$95 Photo

A521. Rome, ca 1st-3rd Century AD, Bronze One-Handled Jug, handle base terminates in bearded head of Jupiter (=Greek Zeus), 12.3 cm tall, 11 cm at widest point, opening flares out from 5.5cm to 7.2 cm with lip recurved inwards slightly, somewhat rough green patina, handle reattached, intact and SCARCE thus....$1,450 Photo

A522. Rome, ca 2nd-4th Century AD, Bronze Applique with facing Head of Lion, some minor chipping of rim in back, otherwise intact, greenish-black patina, nice clear features, CHOICE condition....$150 Photo

A523. Roman Dacia, ca 1st-4th Century AD, Enameled bronze box, approximately 20mm square and 6mm thick, 5 rows of alternating light blue (3) and red (2) stripes on top, 4 small holes in base as made thus probably once attached to something, small slot for possible key on side, blue enamel somewhat eroded and turned mostly whitish but still shows traces of the origianl blue color, red enamel in excellent shape, interesting and attractive, enameled items are RARE with any of the enamel intact, Choice condition....$225 Photo

Keys and Locks

A532. Roman Bronze Keys, ca 1st-4th Century AD, Photo

Oil Lamps

A540. Roman North Africa, ca 5th Century AD, terracotta mould-made oil lamp, 5 inches long, 3.25 inches wide, red slip intact, 2 filler holes on disc which is decorated with a cock (rooster) walking to right, all surrounded by a wreath, knob protrudes to either side, knub type handle, intact and attractive, found in Tunisia, CHOICE condition.....$325 Photo
The cock, or rooster, was often associated in ancient days with the afterlife. This lamp was never used and may well have been votive in nature as grave goods.

A542. Rome, ca 1st Century AD, terracotta mould-made oil lamp, Pegasos walking left on disc, 4.25 inches long by 2.75 inches wide, single filler hole on disc, orange slip showing some wear, volutes on nozzle, upturned handle at back with hole, signed on base (see photo), clear Pegasos, attractive, intact, CHOICE condition....$425 Photo

A543. Rome, ca 1st Century AD, terracotta mould-made oil lamp, stag bounding left on disc, 4.5 inches long by 2.75 inches wide, single filler hole and extra tiny hole on disc, orange-brown slip with some wear, volutes on nozzle, upturned handle at back with hole, signed on base (see photo), clear stag, attractive, intact, SUPERB condition....$425 Photo

A544. Rome, ca 1st Century AD, terracotta mould-made oil lamp, bust of female, possibly Hecate(?),in crescent on disc, 3.75 inches long by 2.5 inches wide, single filler hole on disc, red slip, upturned handle at back with hole, attractive, interesting and RARE, on custom-made stand as shown, SUPERB condition....SOLD Photo

A545. Rome, ca 1st Century AD, terracotta mould-made oil lamp, Youth restraining Horse on disc, 4.75 inches long by 3.25 inches wide, one larger and one smaller filler hole on disc, upturned handle with hole as made at rear, reddish slip mostly oxidized to brown and partially worn showing whitish clay, small stable crack within disc design (almost not noticeable but mentioned for accuracy), interesting theme, attractive and RARE, on custom-made stand as shown, CHOICE condition....SOLD Photo

A546. Rome, ca 1st Century AD, terracotta mould-made oil lamp, Satyr plays lyre while reclining to right on disc, 3.75 inches long by 2.5 inches wide, one filler hole on disc, volutes on nozzle, reddish slip partially oxidized but intact making lamp a light brown overall, clear scene, attractive, on custom-made stand as shown, SUPERB condition....SOLD Photo

A547. Rome, ca 1st Century AD, terracotta mould-made oil lamp, nude male on horseback to right on disc, 4 inches long by 2.75 inches wide, one filler hole on disc, volutes on nozzle, reddish slip partially oxidized and worn making lamp a light brown overall, clear scene, attractive, signed by maker on base, appears to be CC OPPI and 2-3 other letters I can't make out clearly, signed examples are RARE, SUPERB condition....SOLD Photo

A548. Rome, ca 1st Century AD, terracotta mould-made oil lamp, wreath on disc, 3.2 inches long by 2.6 inches wide, single filler hole on disc, brown slip with wear and some erosion in one spot on shoulder, signed on base, Cf. Schlessinger Coll. 73-74; Bailey BM 83.1, attractive, interesting, GOOD to near CHOICE condition....$395 Photo

Glass


Glass was a precious commodity in the ancient world and difficult to produce until the latter part of the 1st Century BC when someone figured out how to blow it into various shapes. This innovation began an explosion in the art and craft of glass objects and is the reason that there is so much Roman glass extant today (which makes it somewhat affordable for the average collector). Most Roman glass dates from the 1st Century AD and after. Many of the following pieces of glass have lips on the top that are folded over and are at an angle rather than even all around. This was done on purpose to allow for more control when pouring out the precious contents of the containers. The original 'no-drip' spout.

A550A. Roman Middle East, Glass `Onion-bottom' Flask, ca 1st-3rd Centuries AD, 98mm tall and about 50mm at widest point, long neck, lip folded in, clear glass with opaline irridescence, slight encrustation, small flat base, stands free on its own, intact, SUPERB condition....$235 SOLD Photo

A550B. Roman Middle East, large Glass Flask, ca 1st-3rd Centuries AD, 155mm tall and about 47mm at widest point, long neck, lip folded in, clear glass with opaline irridescence, moderate encrustation, flat base with indimpling, stands free on its own, intact, SUPERB condition....$275 Photo

A550C. Roman Middle East, Glass `Onion-bottom' Unguentarium, ca 1st-3rd Centuries AD, 103mm tall and about 37mm at widest point, long thin neck, lip folded in, blue glass with opaline irridescence, neck slightly askew, stands free on its own, intact, SUPERB condition....$235 Photo

A550D. Roman Middle East, Glass `Onion-bottom' Unguentarium, ca 1st-3rd Centuries AD, 90mm tall and about 50mm at widest point, long thin neck, lip folded in, light greenish glass with darker irridescence, bottom with indimpling, stands free on its own, intact, SUPERB condition....$235 Photo

A550E. Roman Middle East, Glass Unguentarium, ca 1st-3rd Centuries AD, 108mm tall and about 30mm at widest point, pinched in where neck joins base, lip folded in, light blue glass with opaline irridescence, base nearly flat but does not stand on its own, repaired at mid-base with no loss of material, Good-Choice condition....$135 Photo

A551. Roman Syria, small Glass Bracelets (children's size), I have several of various sizes, minor encrustation and some iridescence, intact, CHOICE condition
A551G. 50mm diameter, dark blue with O and X pattern in white on surface....$65 Photo
A551I. 48mm diameter, medium to dark blue with some irridescence....$55 Photo
A551J. 52mm diameter, dark blue with irridescence....$55 Photo
A551K. 46mm diameter, attractive light blue with irridescence, small but attractive....$60 Photo
A551L. 46mm diameter, medium blue with some irridescence....$55 Photo

A552. Roman Syria, large Glass Bracelets (adult size), I have several of various sizes, minor encrustation and some iridescence, intact, CHOICE condition
A552A. 78mm diameter, dark blue outer bands with central band of greenish-yellow and blue striping, small spot of whitish encrustation.....$125 Photo
A552B. 86mm diameter, dark blue outer bands with central band of greenish-yellow and blue striping......$125 Photo
A552C. 80mm diameter, dark blue outer bands with central band of greenish-yellow and blue striping, 2 small spots of whitish encrustation......$125 Photo

A553A. Roman Middle East, Glass Vial, ca 1st-3rd Centuries AD, 107mm tall, infolded lip, slightly bulbous base, slightly pinched in at center, attractive green glass with light irridescence, slight encrustation on inside, intact, on lucite stand, SUPERB condition....SOLD Photo

A553B. Roman Middle East, Glass Vial, ca 1st-3rd Centuries AD, 91mm tall, infolded lip, slightly bulbous base with small flat area, slightly pinched in at center, attractive light blue glass with opaline irridescence, slight encrustation, intact, SUPERB condition....$195 Photo

A553C. Roman Middle East, Glass Vial, ca 1st-3rd Centuries AD, 118mm tall, infolded lip, slightly thick bulbous base and long tapering neck, attractive green glass with light irridescence, small flat base with slight indimpling, stands on its own, intact, SUPERB condition....$195 Photo

A554A. Roman Middle East, Glass Flask, ca 1st-3rd Centuries AD, 150mm tall by about 60mm at widest point on base, bulbous egg-shaped base and long tapering neck, flat base with slight indimpling so it does stand on its own, clear glass with dark opaline irridescence, attractive and intact, SCARCE this large, SUPERB condition....$350 Photo

A554B. Roman Middle East, Glass Flask, ca 1st-3rd Centuries AD, 85mm tall by about 60mm at widest point on base, bulbous base and moderately long tapering neck, flat base with slight indimpling so it does stand on its own, greenish-blue glass with opaline irridescence, attractive, small piece of lip broken in ancient times, otherwise intact, near CHOICE condition....$325 Photo

A554C. Roman Middle East, Glass Ball Flask, ca 1st-3rd Centuries AD 88mm tall and about 48mm at widest point, lip folded over and formed in a roughly triangular shape, bulbous base with slight flat spot for standing alone, moderate neck that flares out slightly from bottom to top, opaline irridescence, slight earthen cover, expert repair at neck, otherwise intact and attractive, comes with moulded wooden base made for it, CHOICE condition....SOLD Photo

A555. Roman Middle East, Glass Vial, ca 1st-3rd Centuries AD, 90mm tall, straight profile with no bulges or pinches, lip folded in with small pinch at one end, light bluish-white irridescence, repaired at base and neck, GOOD condition....$150 Photo

A557. Roman Middle East, Glass Unguentarium, ca 1st-3rd Centuries AD, 70mm tall and about 38mm at widest point, dimpled in at sides in 6 places, lip folded in, light blue with irridescence, on lucite stand, intact, SUPERB condition....SOLD Photo

A558. Roman Middle East, Glass Ampulla or Ball Flask, ca 1st-3rd Centuries AD, 52mm tall by 46mm wide, bulbous bottom section with irregular ribbing for decoration, short neck which flares out some at the top, light green color, base with indimpling, stands on its own, attractive, intact, SUPERB condition....$225 Photo

A560. Roman Middle East, Glass Vial, ca 1st-3rd Centuries AD, 117mm tall, infolded lip, slightly bulbous base, slightly pinched in at center, light blue glass with little irridescence, expertly repaired in 2 places at upper neck, GOOD condition....$150 Photo

Personal Items

- Rings, Bracelets, Earrings, Fibulae, etc.

Rings
As long as they are not structurally flawed many of the rings I have are wearable with the caveat that you treat them gently and don't wear them while bathing, doing dishes or washing your hands or when working with other chemicals. They should also not be worn all the time. The chemicals can harm the patina causing eventual degradation of the ring and bronze or silver often become at least somewhat crystallized from their stay in the ground and can have unseen internal fractures that will cause them to break if handled roughly.

A Group of Roman Jewelry

A563D. Roman, ca 1st-4th Century AD, Gold Ring (1.2g) with simple circular cross-section band measuring 15mm diameter and oval (9mm by 7mm) bezel set with a garnet carved with an incuse image of a plant with 3 upright stalks, intact and original, wearable (size 1), CHOICE condition....$795 Photo

A564. Roman Egypt, ca 1st-3rd Century AD, Pair of Gold Earrings. A pair of gold earrings composed of a single piece of gold wire with some decorative looping and tied off on itself for closure, said to have been found in Alexandria, from an old Northeastern collection, CHOICE condition and wearable with modification....$525 Photo

A565. Roman Syria, ca 2nd Century AD, Glass Child's Ring, 3 as follows:
A. made of dark blue glass, 18mm diameter, attractive, intact, CHOICE condition....$65
B. made of dark red glass, 21mm diameter, slight earthen cover, attractive, intact, CHOICE condition....$65
C. made of slightly dull dark bluish-black glass, 17mm diameter, slight earthen cover, decent looking, intact, CHOICE condition....$50
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A566. Roman, 2nd-4th Century AD, Adjustable Bronze Child's Bracelet, raised spiral decoration, twisted terminals that allow for adjustment, 38mm at greatest inside diameter, dark green patina, Intact, CHOICE condition....$60 Photo

A570. Roman, ca 1st-4th Century AD, Pair of Gold Earrings. A pair of earrings approximately 16mm in diameter made from a single piece of gold wire with a loop at one end covered by a shield-shaped boss and closed by tying off at the other end, intact and wearable with modification, nice and attractive, CHOICE condition....$650 Photo

A571. Roman, ca 1st-3rd Century AD, pair of Gold Earrings. A pair of gold earrings consisting of an oval concave disk approximately 11mm diameter backed by a curved piece of wire used to attach them to the ear, intact and wearable, CHOICE condition....$550 Photo

Fibulae/Brooches (Toga Pins)
Many fibulae/brooches of this time and type had iron pins which, because iron preserves poorly in soil, have deteriorated and are now missing. While having an iron pin intact on a fibula is rare and will increase the value of an otherwise average piece, not having one does not greatly diminish the value of an otherwise nice piece since that is the norm for these.

A572. Roman Pannonia, ca 1st Century BC-1st Century AD, large Bronze Trumpet Brooch, 102mm long (over 4 inches), coiled spring and large perforated catchplate, ornamented knee, somewhat rough greenish-brown patina, pin missing except for part of coil, some of catchplate eroded, still a nice example of a very large fibula, RARE this large, GOOD condition....$75 Photo

A573. Greco-Roman Thrace, ca 1st Century AD, large Bronze Bow Brooch, 105mm long (over 4 inches), coiled spring and large perforated catchplate, ornamented knee with loop for attaching something, most likely a chain, lightly incised decoration on upper edge of catchplate, dark greenish-black patina, some relatively minor damage on edge of catchplate where pin fits, otherwise intact, RARE this large and this nice, CHOICE condition....SOLD Photo

A574. Rome, ca 3rd-4th Century AD, Bronze Crossbow Brooch, 78mm long (3 inches) by 43mm wide, lightly decorated foot (2 raised crosshatch patterns), somewhat rough green patina, hinged pin intact, CHOICE condition....$125 Photo

A576. Rome, ca 3rd-4th Century AD, Bronze Crossbow Brooch, 51mm long (2 inches) by 31mm wide, lightly decorated foot (2 raised crosshatch patterns), very slightly rough dark green patina, hinged pin intact, unusual this small, SCARCE, CHOICE condition....$125 Photo

A577. Rome, ca 3rd-5th Century AD, Animalistic Brooches/Fibulae:
A577A. Bronze fibula in shape of a Lioness, 44mm long, olive green patina, iron pin and part of catchplate missing as normal for this type, nice clear features, attractive example, CHOICE condition....$175 Photo

A591. Roman Moesia/Thrace, ca late 1st - 2nd Century AD, Silver Fibula/Brooch (12.4g), 4.5cm long, unclassified bow type, hinged pin, knobbed foot, Hattatt(Visual Catalog) 763sim., toned, intact and SUPERB condition, RARE....$525 Photo

A578. Roman Middle East, 1st - 3rd Centuries AD, Bone or Ivory Figural Pins for Hair. I have 4 as follows: A. A bone pin, probably for hair, light to medium brown color, picturing a semi-nude female with one hand clasping her breast, possibly meant to be Venus, facial features clear, 12.6 cm total length with figure 5.6 cm tall, back unfinished as usual, intact and RARE this nice, SUPERB condition....$450
B. An ivory pin, probably for hair, light green color with slight earthen cover in a few spots, figure of crouching dog or wolf at top, 12.9cm long, intact, SUPERB condition....$325
C. An ivory pin, probably for hair, light green color with slight earthen cover in a few spots, figure of a hand holding a pinecone at top, one area of lamination, 11.5cm long, intact, SUPERB condition....$295
D. An ivory pin, probably for hair, light green color with slight earthen cover in a few spots, figure of dolphin at top, 9.7cm long, intact, SUPERB condition....$325
Photo

Other Miscellaneous items - amulets, etc.

A580. Bronze Phallic Amulets, ca 1st-4th Century AD, male type with loop for wearing in ancient days. I have 3 as follows:
A. 40mm long, slightly rough black patina, thin layer of earthen covering, thick profile but laterally flattened, large loop, from Roman Pannonia, CHOICE condition.....$150Photo
B. 25mm by 25mm, a SCARCE frontal view type, pubic hair depicted as scalloped incised markings on upper triangular area, small loop at top for attachment, olive green patina, RARE type, intact and in SUPERB condition......$295 Photo

Statuary

- Terracotta (including heads) and Bronze

A582. Rome, ca 1st-3rd Century AD, Bronze bust of young Hercules wearing Aegis, 31mm tall by 24mm wide, features crudely made but clear, black patina, originally part of a handle to a bowl, the 'useful' part of the handle now missing ascended from the top of his head, still a nice small figural bust, CHOICE condition....$125 Photo

A588. Syria, Late Roman-Early Byzantine times, ca 4th-7th Century AD, large Bronze Pendant of woman's bust, 64mm long by 36mm wide, traces of enamel in eyes and 'beaded' region around bust, dark green patina, nice features and attractive, intact and in SUPERB condition....$325 Photo

A589. Roman Pannonia, ca 1st-2nd Century AD, Bronze Statue of Hermes, 38mm long, features crude and indistinct, bottoms of both legs broken off below the knees, green patina with light earthen cover, an inexpensive example of a Roman votive statue, Good condition....$85 Photo

Seals, Bullae (Seal Impressions), and other forms of Inscription

A590. Roman Mesopotamia, ca 1st-2nd Century AD, terracotta seal impressions (Bullae); these seals were used on papyrus temple documents, about 0.75 - 1 inch across with various motifs including Herakles head, other gods and goddesses, the Dioscuroi, heads of emperors or empresses(?), etc. Made of red and/or black clay, many with striations on the back showing the fibers of the papyrus. I have a small group of these, each listed separately below with a photo so you can pick your favorite. I also have some others and can pick a nice one if you can't decide. Take your pick of the list for $35 each, 2 for $65

a) Radiate head of Helios rt., dark brown clay SOLD Photo
b) Bearded male head left confronting female head rt., possibly Zeus and Hera(?), orange clay SOLDPhoto
d) Minerva head rt. in helmet and cuirass, black clay Photo
e) An emperor head to left, I think maybe Septimius Severus(?), red clay SOLDPhoto
f) Head of Apollo rt., black clay SOLDPhoto
g) Female head rt., hair in style of Julia Domna, wife of Septimius Severus, red clay Photo
h) Amphora with long neck, red clay Photo
i) Bearded Hercules head left ,black clay SOLDPhoto
j) Apollo seated rt., black clay SOLDPhoto
l) Bearded male head left, looks like Septimius Severus, emperor from AD 193-211, red clay SOLD Photo
n) Another head of Hercules, this one in white clay (scarce), also a bit weak, scanned fairly well SOLDPhoto
o) Turretted head of Tyche, city goddes, red clay, some minor surface cracking, did not scan too well Photo
p) Venus stands leaning on a short column and holding sceptre, black clay Photo
q) Female head rt. with hairstyle of Faustina the younger, red clay SOLD Photo
r) Venus seated left on chair, black clayPhoto
s) Minerva stands left holding Victory, shield at feet to rt., red clayPhoto
t) Bearded head of older Hercules left, red clay SOLD Photo
w) Confronted heads of young male (to left) and female (to rt.), possibly Caracalla and Julia Domna, dark red clay SOLD Photo
y) Young male head rt. (Caracalla or Geta?), black clay SOLD Photo
z) Bearded male head left, looks like Septimius Severus(?), red clay SOLD Photo

Later Persia and East to Afghanistan

- Achaemenid, Parthian, Sassanian, Bactrian

Achaemenid Persia

A601. Persia, ca 7th-4th Centuries BC, Bronze Fibula, triangular shaped version of the Arm and Hand type, intact with pin, green patina with some earthen cover in crevices, from the time of the Persian and Greek conflicts when the Persians ruled Asia Minor and tried to take Greece, SCARCE, CHOICE condition....$125 Photo

Parthian Persia

A612. Parthia, ca 1st Century BC-1st Century AD, pair of Gold Earrings. A pair if U-shaped earrings of bar stock with applied decoration, the top half hinges open for attachment (see photo), hinge pins appear to be of bronze, bottom on one hinge hole missing, otherwise intact, probably wearable with minor modification, RARE, CHOICE condition....$450 Photo

Sassanid Persia

A633. Sassanian Empire, ca late 3rd-6th Century AD, Stone Seal, 17mm diameter with central hole for wearing, eagle incised on flat seal edge, made from a pink colored stone (not sure of what kind it is), Choice condition....$95 Photo

A635. Sassanian Empire, ca late 3rd-6th Century AD, Stone Seal, 16mm diameter, central hole for wearing, made from a milky white translucent stone (probably quartz), design of a male head with head-dress on seal portion, intact and SUPERB condition....$95 Photo

A637. Sassanian Empire, ca 3rd-7th Century AD, Glass Vessel, approximately 75mm tall, tourquoise colored glass decorated with 6 concentric circle sets bordered above and below by a row of small dimples, short neck that flares slightly at top, a nice example, Sassanian glass is RARE, intact, SUPERB condition....$675 Photo

Medieval and Byzantine Artifacts


Many items on the market, today as for many years before now, are unprovenanced. This does not affect their authenticity, but it does sometimes make it difficult to pin down exactly when and where an item was used because in many cases similar items were used for many years in many areas of Europe. The general area where the item was found is supplied where known but in many cases the time and place part of the description is based on information found in catalogs of similar items. It is sometimes difficult to determine whether something was Byzantine per se or used by a neighboring group. Items from the Crusader periods sometimes confuse the issue even more due to increased trade during that period and mixing of styles.

Tools and Weapons

Militaria

A701. Byzantine Empire, ca 6th-10th Century AD, Bronze Archer's Ring. 39mm by 28mm, incised decoration, olive green patina, scratches underneath front tip where bowstring was held. these were worn on the thumb using the pointed tip to hold the bowstring more easily and to protect the thumb from the sting of a releasing bowstring, an attractive example, intact, SUPERB condition....SOLD Photo For a short article, with pictures, on archer's rings and how they werre used and worn, see Archer's Rings on the University of Missouri Collection site.

Sacred Objects

A724. Byzantine Bronze Crosses, ca 8th-12th Century AD, various types as follows:
C. cross measuring 39mm tall by 21mm wide, each arm decorated with unevenly spaced concentric circles - the 'evil-eye' design - and incised lines near the terminus of each arm and just above center, olive green patina, rev. undecorated, intact and SUPERB....SOLD Photo
I. Latin cross measuring 39mm tall (including loops) by 31mm wide, holed at top and bottom for attachment, undecorated, dark brown patina, intact and wearable (though this one was not worn in a traditional necklace fashion originally), SUPERB....$150 Photo

Personal Items

- Rings, Bracelets, Fibulae/Brooches, etc.

A727. England, Latten (Brass) Pin, late 15th Century, Pin with `strawberry' head, 55mm total length, found in the Thames River, Intact, SUPERB condition....$85 Photo

A714. England, ca 11th-13th Century AD, Bronze Penannular Brooch, open circular form with knobbed ends, 25mm (1 inch) diameter, pin slightly bent but intact, dark brown patina, SUPERB condition....$65 Photo

A729. England, ca 14th Century AD, Bronze Clasp of King's Head type, a rectangular buckle frame with a design of a crowned head, 27mm long by 12mm wide, dark green patina, features on head crudely done but clear, intact, CHOICE condition....$95 Photo

Oil Lamps

A734. Syria, Byzantine period, ca 4th - 6th Century AD, terracotta mould-made oil lamp, approximately 78mm long by 55mm wide, of orange clay, nub handle, decorated with stylized vine on the sides, a cross composed of 4 dots on the nozzle and a faint large raised cross on the base, intact and Choice condition....SOLD Photo

A736. Syria, Byzantine Period, ca 5th-7th Century AD, terracotta mould-made lamp, nearly round at 72mm by 70mm diameter, light brown clay and slip, decorated with a small pattern of flowers and fruits around shoulder with a small cross at one end of the design, all bordered on the inside by 2 concentric circles around fill hole with decorative leaf designs within, (designs are small and may not show up well on picture), attractive and interesting when examined closely, intact and CHOICE....SOLD Photo

Tools

A410. Medieval England, ca 15th Century AD, Spindle Whorl, incised decoration consisting of 3 ribs carved around center, fairly large at 26mm diameter (1 inch+), light brown, one larger and a few very minor chips as shown in picture, near CHOICE condition....$45 Photo
I am not sure what material was used to make this item. The person from whom I purchased it said it was bone, but the structure of the underlying material does not look like any bone I have ever seen. It seems to be a grey composite material similar to stone but is lightweight. The light brown color is only on the surface and is probably painted or stained onto the surface.

Islamic Artifacts

A810. Syria, Islamic Period, ca 8th-10th Century AD, terracotta mould-made oil lamp, 90mm long by 70 mm wide, small foot on base, nearly round in main form with a small nozzle spout and nub handle, undecorated except for a raised area around fill hole, some minor chipping on raised area around fill hole and some erosion of slip around handle, otherwise intact and CHOICE....SOLD Photo

Chinese Artifacts

Tools and Weapons

A901. China, Late Bronze Age, ca 13th-11th Century BC, Late Shang Dynasty-early Chou Dynasty, Bronze Socket Head Axe, approximately 155mm long, 37mm wide at attachment point and 67mm across blade, 340 grams, slightly chippy and slightly rough olive green and brown patina, some linear decoration on base, rectangular in cross section, Choice condition and RARE....$595 Photo

A902. China, Late Bronze Age, ca 13th-11th Century BC, Late Shang Dynasty-early Chou Dynasty, Bronze Socket Head Axe, approximately 116mm long, 25mm wide at attachment point and 12mm across blade, 102 grams, slightly rough green patina, worn through to the original bronze on blade, hexagonal in cross section, RARE, Choice condition....$395 Photo

A903. China, Chou Dynasty, 1066-221 BC, Warring States Period, 476-221 BC, Bronze Fu (axe) with socketed head, approximately 73mm long, 28mm wide at point of attachment, 40mm wide across blade, bottom profile is flat while top profile is angled gently, hole near base for securing attachment, blade somewhat flared, partially patinated, RARE and Choice condition....$395 Photo

A904. China, Chou Dynasty, 1066-221 BC, Warring States Period, 476-221 BC, Bronze Fu (axe) with socketed head, approximately 78mm long, 17mm wide at point of attachment, 25mm wide across blade, bottom profile is flat while top profile is angled gently, blade somewhat flared, slightly rough green patinate, RARE and Choice condition....$375 Photo

A905. China, Chou Dynasty, 1066-221 BC, Warring States Period, 476-221 BC, Bronze Tsu (Arrowhead), total length 124mm, tip length 33mm, black patina overlaid by a slightly rough green patina, heavy duty projectiles possibly used as armor piercing points, the long tangs were used to attach them to reeds used as shafts for the arrow, Choice condition....$75 SOLD Photo

A912. China, Western Chou Dynasty, 1122-770BC, Bronze Tsu (Arrowheads), total length 89mm, tip length 40mm with strongly recurved barbs, apparently unused examples since the strongly recurved barbs have not been separated from the top of the shaft giving the base of the tip a pierced appearance, slightly rough green and brown patina, intact and SUPERB condition....$50 SOLD Photo

A907. China, Chou Dynasty, 1066-221 BC, Warring States Period, 476-221 BC, Bronze Tsu (Arrowhead), total length 47mm, tip length 27mm, heavy armor-piercing design with recurved barbs, slightly rough brown and green patina, intact, SUPERB condition....$50 SOLD Photo

A908. China, Chou Dynasty, 1066-221 BC, Warring States Period, 476-221 BC, Bronze Tsu (Arrowhead), total length 47mm, tip length 27mm, heavy armor-piercing design with recurved barbs, slightly rough brown and green patina, 3 available each with a slight fault, 2 have tip of one barb off and the other has the end of the point off, all patinated and thus fault is of ancient origin, CHOICE condition....SOLD Photo

A910. China, Han Dynasty, ca 206BC-AD221 or later, Heavy Bronze MAO or Spearhead, 200mm long by 49mm wide, ca 170grams, socketed, central midrib on blade, dark green patina nearly intact one side and slightly chipped other side (mostly on blade edge but also one spot on shaft), attractive and SCARCE, CHOICE condition....$525 SOLD Photo

A911. China, Han Dynasty, ca 206BC-AD221, Bronze NU JI (Crossbow firing mechanism), 47mm long by about 20mm wide, complete and intact but frozen in place by encrustation (i.e., not workable), SCARCE and in CHOICE condition....$125 Photo

Personal Items

A922. China, Sung Dynasty, ca AD960-1280, Bronze Mirror, 67mm diameter, central boss (holed for attachment), row of archaic characters between 2 concentric bands, brown patina, unusual and SUPERB condition....$225 Photo

A927. China, Han Dynasty, ca 206BC-AD221, Bronze SHAO (Spoon), 216mm long, for medical or apothecary use, slightly rough green patina, horse-fly type handle end, bowl of spoon is long and narrow and strongly cupped lengthwise, SCARCE, CHOICE condition....$95 Photo

Statuary

A930. China, Han Dynasty, ca late 3rd-1st Century BC, Terracotta head of Clay Warrior, similar to the famous life-sized clay warriors found in China a number of years ago in the tomb of the founder of the Han Dynasty, this one from a lesser ruler who had a smaller tomb with less than life-sized warriors, this head approximately 110mm tall by 90mm wide with top knot hairdo and fine clear facial features, also VERY RARE and Choice condition....$795 SOLD Photo

A931. China, 5 Dynasties Period, Later Han Dynasty, ca AD 949-952, Bronze Fertility Figure, 42mm tall with loop at top for suspension and a flat base for standing, a roundfaced bearded male figure holding his erect penis, very similar in basic form to many Greek and Roman fertility figures, black patina, clear features, RARE, intact, CHOICE condition....$250 Photo

A932. China, Han Dynasty, ca 206BC-AD221, Terracotta Figure of Female Dog Nursing her 4 Puppies, 15cm long by 8 cm wide, grey clay with traces of white paint, well-made and clear, modest chip to one ear which is barely noticeable unless you look for it, attractive piece, CHOICE condition....$295 SOLD Photo

A933. China, Han Dynasty, ca 206BC-AD221, Terracotta Figures, each in different pose, all most likely from a tomb, each dressed in the traditional wrap-around Chinese robe and each hollow in middle, descriptions as follows:
A933A. Seated figure holding fork or spoon in one hand and bowl or plate in the other, head tilted back at slight angle, 9.2cm high and self-standing, traces of paint, small flaw at left side of neck resulting in small hole, otherwise intact and CHOICE condition....$195 Photo
A933B. Seated figure (scholar?) working with an abacus or a book, 9cm high and self-standing, traces of paint, intact and CHOICE condition....$225 Photo
A933C. Seated figure of man with his left hand up to his ear or side of his head, 9.5cm high, traces of paint, self-standing, minor chipping on base, otherwise intact and CHOICE condition....$225 Photo

A934. China, Sung Dynasty, AD 960-1280, partially glazed ceramic Hen, from Chansha Kiln in Hunan Province, 6.5cm tall by 3.4cm on base, light green glaze, loop on back, small chip on tail, otherwise intact, CHOICE condition....$125 Photo

A935. China, Sung Dynasty, AD 960-1280, Whistle in shape of Sparrow with head turned sideways, partially glazed ceramic, from Chansha Kiln in Hunan Province, 5cm tall by 4.5cm on base, green glaze, intact, CHOICE condition....$150 Photo

Pre-Columbian Artifacts, including American Indian

Arrowheads, Spearpoints, etc.

A1005. Stone Points for atl-atl spears, ca 800 BC - 100AD, found in southern Mississippi near the coast, approximately 2-3 inches long, the photo is representative of the small group that I have, intact and Choice condition....$20 each, 2 for $35 Photo

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