16 août 2016

Portrait of a thin-faced man, A.D. 140–170, Roman Period, Egypt

Portrait of a thin-faced man, A.D. 140–170, Roman Period, Egypt. Encaustic, limewood, gold leaf. H. 42.3 × W. 18.7 cm (16 5/8 × 7 3/8 in.). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rogers Fund, 1909 (09.181.3) © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This man's intent, direct gaze and parted lips make him seem restive. The remarkably free brushwork builds up forms without reliance on clean contours. The portrait has striking atmospheric qualities, such as the strands of seeminly damp hair that cling to the... [Lire la suite]

16 août 2016

Hanging Showing Euthenia in a Garden, 1st century, Roman Period, Egypt

Hanging Showing Euthenia in a Garden, 1st century, Roman Period,  From Egypt; Said to be from Northern Upper Egypt, Akhmim (Khemmis, Panopolis). Linen, tempera paint, h. 40.3 cm (15 7/8 in); w. 45.1 cm (17 3/4 in). The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Spear, Jr. Gift, 1984 (1984.178) © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This rare painting of tempera on linen shows the Greek personification of abundance, Euthenia. The goddess, consort of the Nile god, rests on a... [Lire la suite]
16 août 2016

Bowl Fragments with Menorah, Shofar, and Torah Ark, Roman, 300–350

Bowl Fragments with Menorah, Shofar, and Torah Ark, Roman, 300–350. Glass, gold leaf. Overall: 2 11/16 x 2 3/4 x 1/4 in. (6.9 x 7 x 0.7 cm) a only: 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (3.8 x 8.9 cm) b only: 1 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (3.8 x 3.2 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Rogers Fund, 1918 (18.145.1a, b) © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This rare example of Jewish gold glass depicts an open Torah ark, with rolled scrolls on its shelves, and ritual implements of the temple-including two menorot (candelabra), a... [Lire la suite]
16 août 2016

Fragment, Coptic, Egypt, 5th century

Fragment, Coptic, Egypt, 5th century. Wool, linen; plain weave, weft loop weave. H. 64 15/16 in. (165 cm) W. 50 9/16 in. (128.4 cm). The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Gift of George F. Baker, 1890 (90.5.808) © 2000–2016 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This work is exhibited in the "New Discoveries: Early Liturgical Textiles from Egypt, 200–400" exhibition, on view through September 5th, 2016 at The Met Fifth Avenue.
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16 août 2016

Exodus Painting, five elements from a painted hanging depicting the Crossing of the Red Sea, Byzantine, A.D. mid-2nd–mid-4th cen

Exodus Painting, five elements from a painted hanging depicting the Crossing of the Red Sea, Byzantine, A.D. mid-2nd–mid-4th century. Paint and indigo-dyed linen. Framed (Montage of the 5 fragments): 24 5/8 × 55 1/2 × 2 3/8 in. (62.5 × 141 × 6 cm) Other ((a)head): 3 1/16 × 3 1/4 in. (7.7 × 8.3 cm) Other ((b) torso and legs of soldier): 10 in. × 6 7/8 in. (25.4 × 17.5 cm) Other ((a,b) soldier ?): 16 1/4 × 4 15/16 in. (41.2 × 12.6 cm) Other ((c) "The Astonished'): 12 3/16 × 12 7/16 in. (31 × 31.6 cm) Other ((d)"The... [Lire la suite]
14 août 2016

Gold and the Gods: Jewels of Ancient Nubia on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Winged Isis Pectoral, Nubian, Napatan Period, Reign of Amaninatakelebte, 538–519 BC. Gold. Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition. BOSTON, MA (June 23, 2014)—A world-class collection of jewels from ancient Nubia at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), will go on view this summer in Gold and the Gods: Jewels of Ancient Nubia. The MFA’s collection of Nubian adornments is the most comprehensive outside Khartoum—the result of an early 20th-century expedition by the Museum with Harvard University. The... [Lire la suite]

24 juillet 2016

Roman portraits and their Baroque appropriation on view in Dresden

  Portrait of Septimius Severus, in the Serapis style, on a modern bust, 200–211 AD, from the Brandenburg Collection from 1723 to 1726, Skulpturensammlung © SKD, photograph: Adrian Sauer DRESDEN.- The Dresden Antiquities Collection is one of the oldest collections amassed in Dresden by the kings and prince electors, and one of the oldest large collections of antiquities presented in a museum outside Italy. The items, on view behind glass in storage depots at the Albertinum, are currently waiting to be presented again in... [Lire la suite]
20 juillet 2016

Axel Vervoordt, Kanaal

Axel Vervoordt, Kanaal
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09 juillet 2016

Spectacular 'Lady Jane Franklin' Egyptian mummy mask sold at Bonhams

Lot 230. A large Egyptian wood mummy mask, New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, circa 1550-1295 B.C. Sold for £116,500 (€136,668). Photo: Bonhams. LONDON.- A stunning Egyptian wood mummy mask dated 1550-1295 B.C which was once in the collection of the renowned Victorian traveller, Jane, Lady Franklin sold for £116,500 at Bonhams Antiquities Sale in London on 7 July. It had been estimated at £100,000-150,000. In total, the sale made £1,101,825. Lady Franklin (1791-1875) is best known for her exploration of... [Lire la suite]
02 juillet 2016

A Roman yellow-green glass leaf beaker, circa late 1st century A.D.

Lot 242. A Roman yellow-green glass leaf beaker, circa late 1st century A.D. Estimate £50,000 – £80,000 ($66,500 - $106,400). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. Mould-blown, the walls decorated with four stylized plants, each plant with three different types of lancelot leaves including plain with a raised edge, plain with a border of short lines, and the smallest with veins branching from a central rib, with two horizontal ribs below the cut-off rim and above the base, a thick concentric circle on the underside of... [Lire la suite]