31 janvier 2017

Disk Brooch with Cameo, Langobardic (mount); Roman (cameo), ca. 600 (mount); 100–300 (cameo)

Disk Brooch with Cameo, Langobardic (mount); Roman (cameo), ca. 600 (mount); 100–300 (cameo). Sheet gold, onyx, glass, and wire. Overall: 2 7/16 x 1/4 in. (6.2 x 0.7 cm). Purchase, 1895, 95.15.101. © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The Langobards often embellished their jewelry with stones carved centuries earlier by Roman or Etruscan craftsmen. These gems, valued for their antiquity, linked their Langobardic wearers to the illustrious peoples who preceded them on the Italian peninsula. The filigree decoration... [Lire la suite]
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30 janvier 2017

Late Antique Gemstone Ring, Roman, 4th century

Late Antique Gemstone Ring, Roman, 4th century. Gold and garnets. Hoop outer diam. 27.8 mm; hoop inner diam. 17.8 mm.; weight 5.04 gr. Griffin Collection, L.2015.72.38 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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29 janvier 2017

Three Winged Putti Forging Arrow Heads, Roman (cameo), 1st century

Three Winged Putti Forging Arrow Heads, Roman (cameo); modern (setting), 1st century (cameo); modern (setting). Gold and onyx. Weight: 3.2 g.; circumference: 58 mm.; size: US 8.5, UK Q ½. Griffin Collection, L.2015.72.31 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
29 janvier 2017

Late Roman Ring, Roman, late 4th–5th century

Late Roman Ring, Roman, late 4th–5th century. Made in probably Britian. Gold, set with yellow, green, and red glass, two sapphires, and a garnet. Bezel 28 x 23 x 4 mm.; circumference 58 mm.; weight 10.1gr. Griffin Collection, L.2015.72.3 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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29 janvier 2017

Octahedral Diamond Ring, Roman, second half 3rd–early 4th century

Octahedral Diamond Ring, Roman, second half 3rd–early 4th century. Gold, diamond. Height including diamond 30.73 mm.; hoop outer diam. 25 mm.; bezel 6.32 x 8.55 mm.; weight 9.2 grams; US size 5.75; UK size L. Griffin Collection, L.2015.73.4 © 2000–2017 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Diamonds were highly prized in the Roman world. They were used in their raw state, as octahedral gems, because techniques for cutting them had not yet been invented. The only source of diamonds was India, and only small numbers reached the... [Lire la suite]
22 janvier 2017

Galerie Chenel. Stand 80c. Brafa Art Fair, 21-29 janvier 2017

Colossal profile of a god. Marble, Roman, 1st century BC - 1st century AD. H 35 cm. Courtesy Galerie Chenel. Provenance: former French private collection of Nicolas Feuillate (1926-2014).  Mummy mask. Polychrome and gilt cartonnage. Egyptian, Ptolemaic period, circa 332-30 BC. H 46 x W 26 cm. Courtesy Galerie Chenel. Provenance: Galerie des Saints-Pères, Paris; Belgian private collection, acquired from the above in April 26th, 1980.  Torso of... [Lire la suite]

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

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

Fibula in the form of an eagle, Roman, 1st - 2nd Century AD

Fibula in the form of an eagle, Roman, 1st - 2nd Century AD. Gold. Length 5 cm. J. Bagot Arqueología - Ancient Art at Brafa Art Fair, Brussels, 21-29 january 2017. A beautiful gold fibula made up of the body of the brooch and decorated at the head with an eagle. The body is a simple horizontal pin. The piercing pin was on the underside of the curved end of the brooch, but this element is now missing. The union of the body with the head of the brooch is attached to a spring hinge on the back of the eagle, and this facilitates... [Lire la suite]
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