13 mai 2016

The Morgan mounts exhibition of extremely rare copper figures from ancient Mesopotamia

A Neo Sumerian Copper Foundation Figure of King Ur-Namma. Mesopotamian, Third Dynasty of Ur, ca. 2112–2004 B.C. reign of King Ur-Namma, ca. 2112–2094 B.C.  NEW YORK, NY.- Standing about a foot tall, the small yet monumental “foundation figures” in ancient Mesopotamia were not created to be seen by mortal eyes. Cast in copper and placed beneath the foundation of a building, often a temple, they were intentionally buried from prying humans. Perhaps only intended for the gods, they combine both abstract and natural forms... [Lire la suite]

29 janvier 2016

Harmakhis galerie at TEFAF 2016

Shabti of the sedjem-ash Hesymeref, worker at Deir el-Medineh, Egypt, New Kingdom, end 18th Dynasty, circa 1320 BC. Wood. Height 19 cm. Harmakhis galerie at TEFAF 2016 © TEFAF Maastricht, 2015 Provenance:Provenance: Collection Omar Sultan Pacha, Cairo, early 20th century Literature:Published : Aubert, J.-F., Les statuettes funéraires de la collection Omar Pacha in Chronique d’Egypte 50 (101), 1976, p. 62, n° 283 ; Wiese, A. B., Ägypten. Augenblicke der Ewigkeit, Mainz, 1997, pp. 191-2 Composite head of... [Lire la suite]
09 août 2012

Sumerian Artifact. A gold bangle possibly worn by a royal princess

Sumerian Artifact. A gold bangle possibly worn by a royal princess. (British Museum)
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06 janvier 2010

Iraqi Police Seize Artifacts on Tuesday Amid Smuggling Fears

Some of the artifacts seized by the police which were discovered hidden near a shrine, in Nasiriyah, about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southeast of Baghdad. AP Photo/Iraqi Police. BAGHDAD (AP).- Iraqi police on Tuesday seized a small cache of ancient statues and other artifacts in the south of the country that officials said were set to be smuggled abroad and sold. Iraq, home to relics of the world's most ancient urban civilizations, has had its priceless heritage plundered and sold to collectors abroad in the chaotic years... [Lire la suite]
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05 mai 2009

Superb Examples of Roman and Greek Art Highlight Christie's Spring Sale of Antiquities

NEW YORK, NY.- Christie's is pleased to announce the sale of Antiquities on June 3, which will offer nearly 200 lots with a particularly strong selection of Roman marbles, including a handsome marble herm bust of Menander and a massive red marble labrum. Other highlights include fine examples of classical Greek vases, both Athenian and South Italian alongside Egyptian and Near Eastern art. A massive Roman red marble (cotanello antico) labrum, circa 2nd-3rd century A.D. (estimate: $300,000-500,000). Photo: Christie´s Images... [Lire la suite]
11 décembre 2008

Sotheby’s Sale of Antiquities Exceeding Expectations yesterday

New York, NY – Yesterday, before a standing-room-only crowd, Sotheby’s sale of Antiquities totalled $8,899,377, exceeding the high estimate of $6.9 million.Richard M. Keresey and Florent Heintz, experts in charge of the sale said, “We were very gratified with the results of today’s sale. Rare objects of great quality and with good provenance sold extremely well, as well in fact as they did in our June sale. The overall total of $8.9 million was nearly identical.” The top ten. An Egyptian Greywacke Figure of a... [Lire la suite]