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An Egyptian Faience Lotus Terminal, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550 - 1295 BCE
EJ1809Regular price $7,500 USD
A broad collar terminal in the form of a lotus, comprising of yellow, green, red, white, and blue glazed faience. Pierced for attachment.
Dimensions: Length: 5.2 cm ( 2 inches), Width: 4.8 (1.9 inches)
Condition: Broken right corner professionally rejoined, otherwise complete.
Provenance: Private collection of former French diplomat Noel Giron (1884–1941). Giron, (or Aime-Giron, as he called himself after his famous father, the poet and the editor of Le Figaro) was a graduate of the Ecole du Louvre, where he studied Egyptian, Demotic, and Coptic under Eugene Revillout. Giron also studied religious studies, history, classical philology, and modern oriental languages at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes de la Sorbonne. Giron originally planned to attend the Institut francais d'archeologie orientale and pursue an academic career, but he abandoned that plan and became a career diplomat in the French foreign ministry instead. He nevertheless maintained his scholarly interest in texts, especially inscriptions in languages as diverse as Arabic, Aramaic, Hebrew, Nabatean, Persian, Phoenician, and Greek. Although scholarship was but an avocation for him, he published several scholarly works. He published Legendes Coptes in 1907, and although the bibliographic record of his publications does not show it, he remained interested in the indigenous language of Egypt for the rest of his life.
A Viking Green Glass Bead, ca. 9th - 11th century CE
RJ2142Regular price $550 USD
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Dimensions: Bead length: 3/4 inch (1.9 cm). The 18K gold modern chain is adjustable up to 18" (45.5 cm)
Provenance: Ex. Cyrus Collection, acquired from Edward Safani, (1912-1998), NYC.
A Roman millefiori Glass Bead, Egypt, Roman Period, ca. 1st Century CE
RJ2141Regular price $395 USD
Unlike most beads in which the decoration is applied over a solid color core bead, this millefiori glass bead is entirely made from a slab of millefiori cane slices fused together, wound around a rod, and formed into a ball. This technique results in considerable distortion of the original pattern. Each cane “flower” comprises alternating green and white petals around a center of yellow, and red. A lovely example!
Dimensions: Length: 3/8 inch (13 mm)
Condition: Surface wear to the body with both terminals showing signs of stringing. Intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Greenwich, Connecticut private collection, acquired from Black Rock Galleries, reference number # 130236 (part).
An Egyptian Faience Ball Bead Pendant, ca. 2141 - 2122 BCE
EJ2107Regular price $650 USD
This is an example of Middle Kingdom faience at its best! Although hand-made, it is almost perfectly round and the smooth glazed surface flirts between blue and green. Both these colors the ancient Egyptians particularly associated with magical representations of new life, rejuvenation, and rebirth. After 4000 years, this lovely bead has been strung once more for wearing as a pendant necklace with a modern, adjustable 14K solid gold chain. This adjustable chain allows you to wear the pendant at its longest length of 22-inches or shorten it to your preference depending on the outfit.
For related ball bead examples see, British Museum accession number: EA3084
Dimensions: Bead Length: 1 cm (0.39 inches). Strung on an adjustable 22-inch 14k gold chain.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Lenman/Stohlman collection assembled by the Washington D.C. socialite Miss Isobel H. Lenman (1845 - 1931), in the early 1900s on loan to the Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., between 1916 and 1921
A Byzantine Bronze Ring, ca. 5th century CE
RJ2108Regular price $350 USD
The flat oval bezel incised with a stylized cross pattern, with small diagonal dashes decorating the negative space.
Dimensions: US ring size 6 1/4
Condition: Intact and in very condition overall with good green-brown patination.
Provenance: Alex Malloy collection, acquired in the 1970s - 80s.
An Egyptian Faience Bes Amulet, Late Period, ca. 664 - 332 BCE
EA2104Regular price $395 USD
Carved in deep blue-green faience, the protector god portrayed as a nude dwarf on an integrated base. His large feather crown surmounting grotesque facial features, with protruding tongue and the ears and mane of a lion, with bandy legs and hands hanging on either side of his protruding belly, standing on a plinth with a back pillar.
Background: This dwarf-like, protective deity was very popular in ancient Egypt. Known as early as the Middle Kingdom (ca. 2000 BC), Bes was venerated as a protector of the home, family, and childbirth, and for that reason figures prominently in domestic magic and amulets. His close connection to all aspects of fertility and sexuality is demonstrated by the presence of his image in the "Birth-houses", shrines associated with temples of the Late and Greco-Roman periods. He also had a special relation to the goddess Hathor and performed in her retinue as a musician and dancer.
Dimensions: Length: 2.3 cm (0.90 inches)
Condition: With a loss to the base, otherwise in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Ex Dr Joseph Touma, Virginia, acquired from Christie's in 1993.
A fine Olmec Jade and Gold Bead Necklace, Pre-classic Period ca. 900 - 300 BCE
PJ2112Regular price $4,950 USD
A single strand necklace composed of ten long, tapered tubular jade beads interspersed by spherical or barrel-shaped jade beads. The jades vary in color from pale to medium to deep gray-green; many have a bluish cast. Modern strung on a wire strand, with 14K gold clasp and Pre-Columbian gold bead spacers of a later than Olmec date.
Dimensions: Drop Length: 16 inches (33 inches overall)
Condition: Beads are all intact, and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Private East Coast collection, acquired by the current collection in 1998. Ex. Merrin Gallery, New York.
An Egyptian Faience Shabti, Third Intermediate Period, ca 1069 - 712 BCE
EU2004Regular price $550 USD
of blue/green faience shown mummiform with a tripartite wig; arms crossed on the chest; the hoe still visible in the right hand in black pigment.
An Ushabti (also called shabti or shawabti) is a small figurine included in the grave goods of the dead. The figure was believed to magically animate after the deceased had been judged and would work for them as a servant or substitute laborer in the fields of Osiris. The "ushabti" is also named the: "follower", or " answerer ", because they "answered", for the deceased person, and performed all the routine chores of daily life, for them. Some tombs had the floor covered, with tens, or multiples, of ushabti figurines, produced in quantity, for the journey, of the deceased. As many as 365 ushabtis were placed in each tomb: one to serve for every day of the year.
Condition: Intact with heavy surface wear, in good condition overall.
Dimensions: Height: 3 1/4 inches (8 cm)
Provenance: Alex Mallory collection, acquired in the 1970-80s.
An Egyptian Green-Glazed Faience Jar, New Kingdom, ca. 1550 - 1069 BCE
EP2102Regular price $550 USD
This miniature green-glazed ceramic jar with a rounded body standing on a flat base with an everted rim and a black lotus flower decorating the lower body.
Dimensions: height: 1 5/8 inches (4.2 cm)
Condition: Surface flaking and minor losses to rim, overall intact and in good condition.
Provenance: Private Arizona collection, acquired in the 1980s.
An Islamic Green Glazed Star Tile, ca. 15th - 16th century
MT1813Regular price $850 USD
Glazed green, with eight symmetrical points, beautiful ring and rosette decoration around the base, and a hole in the center for a rod or pole.
Dimensions: Diameter: 10 1/4 inches (26 cm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: The Hauge Collection of Ancient & Iranian Art, assembled between 1962 and 1966. Foreign service brothers, Victor and Osborne Hauge, together with their wives Takako and Gratia, assembled their collection of Persian, Japanese, Chinese, and Southeast Asian works of fine and folk art while stationed overseas with the US government after WWII. In consultation with academics and dealers, the Hauges assembled over two decades of what former Freer art director Harold Stern described in 1957 as "without doubt one of the finest private collections in the world". Much of their collection was donated to the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute culminating in an exhibition and published catalogue in 2000. The balance, including this object, was inherited by descent in 2016.
A Roman Bronze Oil Lamp Spout, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE
RB2103Regular price $950 USD
Known traditionally as plastic ('plastic' meaning molded or modeled) lamps, oil lamps of this type were formed into fantastic shapes Their shapes were limited only by the makers' imaginations and were molded to represent anything from heads, hands, and feet, to gods, animals and mythological characters. This anthropomorphic spout is from such a vessel, depicting the head of Pan with a glaring expression, wide protruding nose, and large open mouth that was used as the wick hole, the back open for attachment to the body of the lamp.
Dimensions: Length: 1 3/4 inches (4.44 cm), Width: 1 1/2 inches (3.8 cm)
Condition: Intact and in good condition overall. With good patina.
Provenance: Private Maryland collection, acquired in 2009, previously in a Dutch private collection.
An Egyptian Green stone Heart Scarab, Late Period, ca 664 - 332 BCE
EA2101Regular price $3,950 USD
The scarab’s association with the daily rebirth of the young sun god, Khepri, gave the beetle a prominent role in funerary contexts. In this example, the body conforms to the usual scarabaeus sacer; the eyes and head are deeply carved on the five notched shield (clypeus). The first segment of the upper body (prothorax) and wings (elytrae) are separated by incised lines, the legs (tibiae) to the side, are tucked underneath the body. As is to be expected, this heart scarab has no borehole and is uninscribed on the base.
Background: The heart scarab, which first appears in Dynasty XIII, played an important role in the funerary accessories of the deceased. Not only was it the medium for magical text, it was also a symbol of self-generation and rebirth. It provided the deceased wearer with the assurance that at the final judgment he would be found "true of voice" and accepted into the eternal afterlife under the rule of the god Osiris.
Many heart scarabs bear part or all of what is known as Chapter 30B from the Book of the Dead; a prayer to the heart of Isis, who was the mother of the deceased, not to bear false witness against the deceased when he is being judged before Osiris. The Book of the Dead also instructs that the heart scarab be made of the nemhef-stone, which has been identified as green jasper, serpentine, or basalt, and be set in a gold chase suspended from the neck. It appears the stone was chosen not only for its greenish color, which symbolized life, health, and regeneration but also for its weight. The heart could not weigh more than the feather of Maat, so a heart scarab of just the right heft would work in favor of the deceased.
References: Andrews, Carol, 1994. Amulets of Ancient Egypt, chapter 4: Scarabs for the living and funerary scarabs, pp 50-59, Andrews, Carol, c 1993, University of Texas Press.
cf: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession Number 15.3.217.
Condition: One small chip to top right, otherwise intact and in excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: Length: 4.5 cm (1 3/4 inches)
Provenance: Private Australian collection, acquired from the London trade in 1998.
A Roman Bronze Aryballos, ca. 1st - 2nd century CE
RB2102Regular price $3,950 USD
An ancient container used for storing oil and precious perfumes, the aryballos used by the Greeks and Romans for their personal hygiene after exercising and in the Roman baths. Commonly used by ancient Greek athletes, they can often be seen in ancient Greek art, where they are sometimes shown hanging from pegs on a wall or suspended from straps tied around the athlete's wrist, as part of the athlete's "kit" of sponge, strigil and aryballos. A very popular shape in the ancient Greek period (the first examples appear in the 7th century B.C.), the aryballos was carried suspended from a string: and while most of the preserved examples are of terracotta, they less often exist in glass and bronze. This wonderful example has a globular body with a small stepped foot, a rounded rim on a softly sloped shoulder, with two looped handle attachments of triangular form to accommodate an arched, twisted handle with duck head terminals. The original flat lid is connected to the handle by a link chain.
Dimensions: Height with handle: 4 inches (10.2 cm)
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall.
Provenance: Private Maryland collection, acquired from Ancient World Arts, Ltd, CT in July, 2000.
A decorated Roman Bronze Strigil, ca. 1st -2nd century CE
RB2010Regular price $4,250 USD
When viewing ancient athletic scenes, most often a basic "kit" was always included: a sponge, an aryballos, and a strigil. The strigil was a small, curved, metal tool used extensively by the Greeks and Romans and considered essential in caring for the skin. After covering the body with olive oil, it was used to scrape dirt and sweat from their bodies as part of the process of massage, cold or hot baths, exercise, or competitive games. The curved handle allowed the strigil to be hung on a wall, together with the sponge and the aryballos containing the oil (see RB2102 aryballos), and were often used in Roman baths. This strigil is a little more ornate than the usual utilitarian examples for it features a fine concave tapering blade, and is decorated on the handle and exterior of the blade with incised linear decoration, wavy lines, leaves, scrolls, and fish.
For a related example, see Metropolitan Museum of Art, Accession Number: 97.24
Dimensions: Height: 10 3/4 inches (27 cm)
Condition: Loss to the side of the handle that does not detract, otherwise intact and in very good condition overall. On museum-quality custom mount.
Provenance: S. Zuckerman (1942-2017) collection, acquired from Tetragon, Portobello Road in the 1980s; and thence by descent to the present owner.
A Roman Bloodstone Intaglio of a Warrior, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE
RJ1502aRegular price $7,500 USD
The speckled dark green stone engraved with a warrior riding a galloping horse, wearing a helmet and holding a spear, set in a delicate 18 karat gold filigree setting.
Bloodstone, also known as heliotrope, is a variety of green jasper speckled with red spots that were thought to have several magical properties throughout antiquity. The ancient Romans believed it brought the wearer renown and favor, endurance, the ability to control the weather, banish evil and negativity, would slow bleeding wounds (a reason Roman soldiers commonly wore bloodstone talismans), and protect against the bite of venomous animals, and according to Pliny the Elder, even allowed magicians to become invisible.
Dimensions: Pendant length without bail: 7/8 inch (2.2 cm). Strung on a 24-inch chain of 14K gold.
Condition: Intact and in excellent condition overall.
Provenance: Private NYC collection, acquired from the trade, previously in a private UK collection.
An Egyptian Faience Uraeus Amulet, 21st Dynasty, ca. 1069 - 945 BCE
EJ2101Regular price $1,750 USD
Deep green glazed faience openwork amulet of a uraeus, the great coil of the body arching up behind to the height of the head, pierced vertically for attachment.
Background: From the earliest dynasties the upreared cobra, the uraeus, was the emblem of royalty, worn on the pharaoh's forehead to signify his kingship and divinity. As a goddess she was the eye of the sun, spitting fire at the king's enemies. The uraeus was among the amulets depicted in both the MacGregor papyrus and the Osiris complex at Dendera. Usually, more than one was placed on the mummy, sometimes at the forehead or even over the feet, but most often on the torso. The uraeus, which as an amulet was intended to provide the non-royal dead with the protection usually reserved for royalty, but which, because of the sloughing of its skin also symbolized resurrection, exists in two basic forms from the twenty-sixth dynasty onwards. In both the fully puffed-up hood is carefully detailed; in the commoner type, a great coil of the body arches up behind to the same height as the head (as is the case on our amulet) and has a suspension loop on top of it. In the other form, only the tip of the tail appears to one side of the base of the hood which lies against a back pillar pierced for suspension.
See Carol Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt (London, British Museum Press, 1994), p. 34-35 and especially p. 75-76 and fig. 76b.
Condition: The amulet is intact and in excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: Amulet height: 3/4 inch (2 cm), set as a pendant 20-inch chain of 14K gold
Provenance: Private collection of Dr. Joseph Touma, VA, acquired from Christie's, April 28, 1993, Lot 67 (part).
An Egyptian Green Glazed Faience Scarab, Amarna Period, ca. 1353 - 1336 BCE
EJ1924Regular price $2,500 USD
Condition: Intact and in very condition overall.
Dimensions: US ring size 6.5. Can be resized.
Provenance: Private Boston collection acquired in the 1950s, thereafter private Virginia collection since 2009.