26 mars 2017

The Guennol Stargazer to be offered at Christie's Exceptional Sale

The Guennol Stargazer. An Anatolian marble female idol of Kiliya type, Chalcolithic period, circa 3000-2200 B.C. Estimate on request © Christie’s Images Limited 2017. NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s announces that The Guennol Stargazer, one of the finest and largest preserved Anatolian marble female idols of Kiliya type, is the top lot of the Exceptional Sale on April 28 (estimate on request). The Guennol Stargazer is from the Chalcolithic Period, circa 3000-2200 B.C., and it is considered to be one of the most... [Lire la suite]

13 mars 2017

Galerie Rhéa at TEFAF Maastrich 2017, Stand 436

Statuette of an ibex, Luristan, 1st millenium BC. Bronze and green patina, 5.2 x 10.6 cm © Galerie Rhéa Interesting figurine of an ibex with an extremely elongated body, short legs and large horns. This piece belongs to a group of exhibits bearing the title Abstract forms in antiquity. Intention or coincidence?, Provenance: Ex Swiss private collection S.C., Basel, before 1970 Literature: Cf. E. de Waele, Bronzes du Luristan et d’Amlash, Louvain 1982, p. 93 no. 105, p. 95, no. 107 (for the style of the head) Horse... [Lire la suite]
11 mars 2017

Onassis Cultural Center brings to vivid life the emotions of the people of ancient Greece

A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD. Installation view. NEW YORK, NY.- The Onassis Cultural Center New York brings to vivid life the emotions of the people of ancient Greece, and prompt questions about how we express, control, manipulate, or simulate feelings in our own society, by presenting its groundbreaking exhibition A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD. On view through June 24, 2017 exclusively at the Onassis Cultural Center New York, where admission is always free, the... [Lire la suite]
04 mars 2017

First major exhibition of one of the most admired artists of the ancient mediterranean world opens

Greek, Attic, ca. 485–480 B.C., attributed to the Berlin Painter, Red-figure neck-amphora with ridged handles, with an Amazonomachy with Herakles (detail). Ceramic. Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig (BS 453). © Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig PRINCETON, NJ.- The Berlin Painter was the name given by the great Oxford scholar Sir John Beazley (1885-1970) to an anonymous fifth-century B.C. Athenian vase-painter, whose hand Beazley recognized in over 200 complete or fragmentary vases in collections around... [Lire la suite]
02 mars 2017

Ancient Celtic art uncovered in 'unique' gold hoard

Amateur treasure hunters have uncovered a horde of Iron Age gold jewellery in central England, including some of the earliest Celtic art ever found in Britain. (AFP Photo/HO) LONDON (AFP).-  Two amateur treasure hunters have uncovered a bracelet decorated with some of the earliest Celtic art ever found in Britain in a trove of gold jewellery revealed on Tuesday. Metal detectorists Mark Hambleton and Joe Kania made the discovery of the three torcs and a bracelet, which may have been made in France or Germany some... [Lire la suite]
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19 février 2017

Gold Ring Featuring an Iron Age Eye-Agate, Syria, 900 BC to 700 BC

Gold Ring Featuring an Iron Age Eye-Agate, Syria, 900 BC to 700 BC. © 2000-2017 by Barakat, Inc. This genuine Ancient Iron Age eye agate gemstone has been mounted in a modern 18 karat gold ring. £4,600.00 The “eye-agate” is produced by cutting a three- layer, naturally pale yellow or pale gray agate, with intervening white zones in such a way to look like an eye. In Aleppo (NW Syria) and other parts of the east it was believed the stone could cure the infection known as the “Aleppo sore”. Because of their... [Lire la suite]
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19 février 2017

Gold Ring with Silver Coin of Alexander the Great, 336 BC to 323 BC, Tyre, Lebanon

Gold Ring with Silver Coin of Alexander the Great, 336 BC to 323 BC, Tyre, Lebanon. © 2000-2017 by Barakat, Inc. This magnificent coin is set in a ring of 18-karat gold. Perhaps no ruler in history has left a stronger impression than Alexander the Great. Though many centuries have passed since he conquered the world, his legend continues to burn brightly in the minds of men. Possessed of courage, vision, and daring, Alexander inspired those around him with his enthusiasm and ability. This splendid silver coin, minted... [Lire la suite]
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18 février 2017

An Ancient Greco–Scythian Gold (Electrum) Ornamental Plaque, circa 6th – 5th century BC

An Ancient Greco–Scythian Gold (Electrum) Ornamental Plaque, circa 6th–5th century BC. Image courtesy Romanov Russia. This original ancient gold plaque in the form of an eagle has been recently made into a pendant. The gold plaque has been mounted on a lapis lazuli slab with a slightly roughened frontal surface. Height of the gold eagle – 45 mm (1 3/4 in.). Size of the lapis slab – 58 x 46 mm (2 1/4 x 1 7/8 in.). Price: $8,500 Technically, the metal alloy of the eagle is electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of... [Lire la suite]
17 février 2017

Ancient Head of Medusa Gold Ring, circa 300 BC

Ancient Head of Medusa Gold Ring, circa 300 BC. Image courtesy Romanov Russia. This high carat gold Hellenistic stirrup-shaped ring is designed as a gold disc with a horizontally positioned archaic relief head of Medusa.  Framed by two rows of gold twisted wires. The ring is solid, wearable and in excellent condition. Diameter of the disc 20 mm (6/8 in.). Weight 7.56 grams. Approximate ring size 6 – 6.5 (16 x 18 mm). Price: $12,000 Accompanied by a metal analysis report which indicates... [Lire la suite]
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17 février 2017

Ancient Rock Crystal Gold Swivel Signet Ring, Greek, Archaic period, circa 600 – 500 B.C.

Ancient Rock Crystal Gold Swivel Signet Ring, Greek, Archaic period, circa 600–500 B.C. Image courtesy Romanov Russia. An ancient gold swivel – signet ring with a finely carved rock crystal scarab (Scarabaeus beetle). The underside is a signet engraved with a crawling snake. The rock crystal scarab measures 20 x 18 mm (7/8 x 11/16 in.). Approximate ring size 12  (22 mm). Price: $35,000 In ancient jewelry, the scarab was a symbol of protection, vitality and good luck. Rock... [Lire la suite]