17 janvier 2017

Panther Trapezophoros, Roman, 1st - 2nd Century AD

Panther Trapezophoros, Roman, 1st - 2nd Century AD. Marble. Height 53 cm. Arqueología - Ancient Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. In ancient Rome owning furniture was a mark of distinction. The majority of the population would have lived with only the most basic items, predominantly fashioned from wood. For the aristocracy however furnishings were handcrafted from the most durable materials such as marble and finished with fine decorative details. Their furnishings achieved a level of sophistication and... [Lire la suite]
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17 janvier 2017

Feminine bust, Roman, 2nd Century AD

Feminine bust, Roman, 2nd Century AD. Marble. Height 39 cm. Bagot Arqueología - Ancient Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. A front-facing bust of a Roman woman. Given the gravitas of the piece and the fact that the back has not been sculpted, it is most probably a funerary bust to be placed in a tomb or on a grave stone. One could imagine that there would have been an inscription referring to the name of the deceased. The artistic style follows the classical canons but has received oriental influences, and... [Lire la suite]
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17 janvier 2017

Vase with lid for the foundation ceremony of a temple of Pharaoh Thutmose III, Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty XVIII

Vase with lid for the foundation ceremony of a temple of Pharaoh Thutmose III, Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty XVIII, reign of Thutmose III, 1473 - 1426 BC. Alabaster and Egyptian blue. Height 10.5 cm. Bagot Arqueología - Ancient Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. An elegant vase in the form of a truncated cone, cut with great skill and delicacy from a block of calcite. It has a ring-shaped mouth on which the lid sits and is finished with a slightly projecting circular foot. Hieroglyphic inscriptions have... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2017

Satyr playing a flute, Roman, 1st-2nd Century AD

Satyr playing a flute, Roman, 1st-2nd Century AD. Marble. Height 53 cm. Bagot Arqueología - Ancient Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. The torso and the thighs of the piece are those of a naked, almost childlike, young man. The only covering he is wearing is a goatskin tied over the right shoulder using the animal’s two back legs. One hoof falls down over the chest and the other down the back. The rest of the skin, serving as a cape, half covers the left shoulder and falls down the left arm, partially... [Lire la suite]
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17 janvier 2017

Pharaoh, Ancient Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasties XXI - XXII, c. 1050 - 700 BC

Pharaoh, Ancient Egypt, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasties XXI - XXII, c. 1050 - 700 BC. Bronze. Height 10.5 cm (12.1 cm with pegs). Bagot Arqueología - Ancient Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. A noble solid bronze figure of a pharaoh making an offering. He is seen in a common pose in the typological repertory of this sort of statuary. Usually such a figure would be positioned in front of one on a larger scale, a figure of the principal deity of the temple where the pieces were to be placed.The monarch... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2017

Attributed to the Manchester Class Painter. Figurative kantharos, Attic, Greek, c. 470 BC

Attributed to the Manchester Class Painter. Figurative kantharos, Attic, Greek, c. 470 BC. Pottery. Height 21.2 cm. Bagot Arqueología - Ancient Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. A figurative red-figure style pottery vase of the kantharos type. It was made from a mould in two pieces which were later joined together. The line of union can still be seen on the sides. The body of the vessel represents the head of a satyr with the short wide neck of the vessel rising above it and with an outward-curving lip. A... [Lire la suite]

17 janvier 2017

Flint in a stylised form of a crocodile, Ancient Egypt, Naqada II or Dynasty I, 3300 - 2900 BC

Flint in a stylised form of a crocodile, Ancient Egypt, Naqada II or Dynasty I, 3300 - 2900 BC. Flint. Length 7.5 cm. Bagot Arqueología - Ancient Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. An ochre-coloured flint in the form of a slightly stylised crocodile. The front surface has been sculpted by the method of flaking, while the reverse has been left smooth. The crocodile was one of the animals most feared by the Egyptians, as it was one of the dangers of the Nile River. Despite his natural character as an aggressor,... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2017

Peseshkef, Ancient Egypt, Old Kingdom, IV - VI Dynasties, 2630 – 2160 BC

Peseshkef, Ancient Egypt, Old Kingdom, IV - VI Dynasties, 2630 – 2160 BC. Flint. Height 17 cm. Bagot Arqueología - Ancient Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017.  CONDITION: Intact apart from a small chip off one of the upper prongs, which has been professionally restored. The “peseshkef” was a prehistoric flint blade in the form of a fishtail and found in Ancient Egypt. It is considered to be the first surgical instrument in history. It was used from the Late Pre-dynastic Period to cut the umbilical cord after... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2017

Votive Hippopotamus, Ancient Egypt, Middle Kingdom, Dynasties XI - XIII, 2081 - 1700 BC

Votive Hippopotamus, Ancient Egypt, Middle Kingdom, Dynasties XI - XIII, 2081 - 1700 BC. Terracotta and pigments. Length 13.5 cm; height 8.4 cm. Bagot Arqueología - Ancient Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. The hippopotamus (hipopotamus amphibius) was an integral member of the Nile landscape. The hippo is a big heavy animal with short cylindrical legs, and an even-toed ungulate. It lives in waterways, both during the day and the night, but in the evening it also moves in great herds over the land to... [Lire la suite]
17 janvier 2017

Flask with two handles, Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty XVIII, probably during the reign of Amenhotep III, 1387 – 1348 BC

Flask with two handles, Ancient Egypt, New Kingdom, Dynasty XVIII, probably during the reign of Amenhotep III, 1387 – 1348 BC. Faience. Height 9.2 cm; maximum diameter 8.3 cm. Bagot Arqueología - Ancient Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017.  An example of great aesthetic value of a glass faience vessel of cobalt blue. The stylized neck emerges from the top of the vessel ending at the mouth with a thin everted rim to allow the easy pouring of liquid. This rim was also emulating the form of an open blue lotus... [Lire la suite]