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Roman, Bronze Balsamarium of Antinous, c. 135 A.D.

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A balsamarium contained scented oils and perfumes associated with a burial.

If the features of the face do not immediately recall Antinous, the abundant hair falling in generous locks deep on the neck points towards an undeniable intention to represent him, and allows accurate dating. The silver inlaid eyes and the drilled pupils add to the vivacity of the portrait.

This style of bronze balsamarium must have been fairly common in the period after the death of Antinous, as several are known. For similar pieces (this piece is also shown), see -
http://www.antinoos.info/antin9a.htm

AB50782. Roman bronze balsamarium, height 10.5 cm, attractive green patina, attractive bronze bust, with flowing curls, drilled pupils and inlaid eyes, functional hinged top, minor crushing at base, one suspension loop missing; ex German collection, ex Massachusetts collection, ex Royal Athena Galleries; SOLD


Roman Empire, c. 2nd - 3rd Century A.D., Choice and Wearable Pair of Ornate Gold Earrings

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AS93744. a matching pair of ornate gold earrings, c. 2nd - 3rd century A.D., choice, and wearable!, each a hoop with granules around, ropework attachment loop, each with two attached loops with openwork filigree spokes and granules, c. 4.1 cm from top to bottom, 5.21g + 5.30g = 10.51g total; ex Tom Cederlind; SOLD


Egyptian, Bronze Mirror with Wooden Handle, 18th Dynasty - Ptolemaic Period, c. 1550 - 30 B.C.

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AEA30996. Egyptian mirror; cf. Petrie, Objects of Daily Use, pl. xxvii, 40 (18th dynasty), length 27 cm (10 1/2"), width 14.8 cm (5 3/4"), original red, brown, and green polychrome pigment on gesso, ribbed handle is not firmly attached but slides on a bronze tenon; verdigris and minor bend in mirror, pigment and gesso chipped on handle; rare with handle; SOLD


Egyptian Bronze Statue Seated Isis Suckling Infant Horus, 664 - 332 B.C.

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AEA30985. height 13.3 cm (5"), Isis seated in tightly-fitting dress, uraeus and solar disk and cow horn crown, offering her left breast to her son Horus seated on her lap, he wears a skull-cap with uraeus and the side lock of youth; original patina, feet and tip of horn missing; SOLD


Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris, 26th - 30th Dynasty, 664 - 342 B.C.

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AS30991. height 11 cm (4 3/8"), Choice, Egyptian bronze figure of the god Osiris in mummified form wearing Atef-crown with Uraeus, braided beard curved at the tip, holding the royal regalia crock and flail; two-sided; excellent detail, original patina; SOLD


Byzantine, Eastern Mediterranean, Gold Earrings, 6th - 7th Century A.D.

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Jewelry with these flat backed disk like pellet globules was popular across the Byzantine empire and with the barbarian tribes to the north. Examples have been found from Sicily to Hungary and Northern Bulgaria. Most or all of this jewelry was probably made in the Eastern Mediterranean, possibly in Syria. Examples have been found with coins from Tiberius II (578 - 582) to Heraclius (610- 641).
AS34486. Earrings; cf. Byzantine and Early Medieval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Volume II, 85; 2.9 cm (1 1/8") long, 4.597 grams, Superb, pair of loop earrings each with two single globules and a central large multi formed globuled drop pendant; complete, intact and wearable; SOLD


Roman, Bronze Phallus, c. 200 B.C. - 300 A.D.

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AS71285. bronze phallus, broken from a life-size statue, 10 cm, c. 200 B.C. - 300 A.D.; SOLD


5" Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris, 26th - 30th Dynasty, 664 - 342 B.C.

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AB31065. Egyptian bronze figure of the god Osiris in mummified form wearing Atef-crown with Uraeus, height 13.0 cm (5"), Choice, braided beard curved at the tip, holding the royal regalia crock and flail; two-sided, loop on back; excellent detail, original patina; SOLD


Roman, Bronze Vessel (Perhaps a Lamp Stand), 1st - 2nd Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Most of the bronze lamp stands in the British Museum have a nearly identical form, with a low tripod base, long stem, and bowl top but they are larger and none have a sawtooth rim bowl.
AM36070. Bronze vessel with bowl on long stemmed tripod base; 7 Ĺ inches high, Choice, the upper bowl has sawtooth rim, convex curved sides, and a round bottom, narrow stem widening slightly to the base, low tripod base with a flat central disk and s-shaped legs; SOLD


Medes (Northwestern Iran), Gold Decorative Pendant, 8th - 7th Century B.C.

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The Medes, an ancient Iranian people, lived in the northwestern portions of present-day Iran, the area known as Media. They entered this region with the first wave of Iranian tribes, in the late 2nd millennium B.C. By the 6th century B.C., after having together with the Babylonians defeated the Neo-Assyrian Empire, the Medes establish their authority, lasting for about sixty years, from the sack of Nineveh in 612 B.C. until 549 B.C. when Cyrus the Great established the Achaemenid Empire by defeating Astyages, king of Media.
SH40753. Gold pendant, pre-empire Median; sun with rays, stars between the rays arranged in a circle, Choice, some perforations, weight 7.706 g, maximum diameter 71 mm, SOLD




  




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