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Syro-Palestinian (Holy Land) Antiquities

The Holy Land, also called the Syro-Palestinian region, includes Syria, Phoenicia, Palestine, and Judaea.


Roman, Syro-Palestinian (Samaria?), Snake-Thread Flask, Late 2nd - Early 4th Century A.D.

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Snake-thread ornamentation originated in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire in the second half of the second century and its popularity peaked in the first half of the third century. Snake-thread decoration was revived in the second half of the fourth century in the east and in the west near Cologne in modern Germany. Serpentine form trails may vary in thickness, may be the same color as the vessel (usually colorless) or brightly colored (common in the West). Ontario Museum 309, with similar subtle snake-thread ornamentation, is attributed to Samaria, 3rd to early 4th century A.D.
AG63814. Snake thread flask, cf. Ontario Museum 309 (for similar ornamentation), 12.4 mm (4 7/8"), Complete and intact, funnel mouth with rolled rim, cylindrical neck, bulbous body, snake-thread ornamentation on the body, flat bottom; from a Florida dealer; $1200.00 (1068.00)


Roman, Syro-Palestinian, Glass Sprinkler Jug, c. 3rd A.D.

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This form is missing from the major references but we know of other examples from the market.
AG63811. Sprinkler jug, 10.5 mm (4 1/8"), complete, tiny chip in handle (visible in photo), possibly a small rim repair or just flaked weathering, thick yellowish brown enamel-like weathering, free-blow, yellow-green glass, pyriform body, tubular neck, slight funnel mouth, washer-like constriction at the base of neck, handle attached below rim and below neck, kicked bottom with pontil mark; from a Florida dealer; $580.00 (516.20)


Roman, Syro-Palestinian, Fusiform Unguentarium with Iridescence, c. 3rd - 5th Century A.D.

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Hayes' Ontario Museum catalog references many similar specimens, noting some are from Beirut. Our example is finer than most examples of similar form, many of which appear to be carelessly made. Hayes' dates the type 5th century or later. Perhaps the finer form indicates ours is earlier.
AG63806. Fusiform unguentarium, cf. Ontario Museum 461, complete, intact, much iridescence; 16.5 cm, spindle-shaped long tubular body, upper half is a neck narrowing slightly to folded and flattened rim, small shoulder at center, lower half is a narrow tubular body narrowing to a rounded point; from a Florida dealer; $530.00 (471.70)


Roman Palaestina, Large Pottery Beaker, Late Roman Period, 4th - 7th Century A.D.

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Time of Christian Acceptance and First Ecumenical (Nicene) Council.

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

Found in Israel.
AH48175. Large pottery beaker; Tushingham 38:27-28; buff, wheel made, ribbed conical body, wide mouth, narrowing to flat base, 5 inches high, Choice, hole in bottom, $120.00 (106.80)


Phoenician (Palistinian Workshop), 4 Stamped Glass Votive Fragments, 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.

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

These votive pieces were made to be ritually broken before offering in the altar of the god or distribution in fields for fertility or under building foundations for good fortune. They are almost always found broken.
AA32416. 4 glass votive stamped fragements, partial images of male god; $50.00 (44.50)


Roman Syro-Palestinian, Glass Stamped Medallion Pendant, c. Mid 4th - Mid 5th Century A.D.

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

Many of these small glass medallions with stamped motifs and suspension loops, mass produced c. mid 4th to mid 5th century A.D., have been found, from Asia Minor, through the Levante, and as far west as Tunisia. Motifs are based on mythology, magic, and the Old and New Testaments. Colors include amber, blue, green and purple. They were used as pendants and earrings. The same stamps were also used on glass bracelets and on bottles.
AA32391. Glass pendant, cf. Corning III 871 (amber); 1.9 cm long, clear blue, facing head of Medusa with snake hair, beautiful iridescence, loop broken, $40.00 (35.60)







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