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Roman Antiquities

Antiquities authenticated and attributed by Alex G. Malloy.

Roman Eastern Mediterranean, Glass Bottle, Late 1st - Early 3rd Century A.D.

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This shape was is found throughout the empire and was popular over a long period making precise dating difficult. The constriction at the base of the neck indicates it is Eastern Mediterranean.
AB30955. Glass bottle; cf. Yale Gallery 85; 10.0 cm (3 1/2"), Choice, free-blown, pale green, cylindrical neck expanding to a shallow tooled constriction, piriform body, uneven folded and flattened rim, flat bottom; striations, yellow weathering, dulling, iridescent areas; SOLD

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 -

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, White Marble Head of a Youth, 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.

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AC34395. Marble head of youth; unfinished back, perhaps part of a relief, hair drawn back, nose intact; c. 20 cm (8") tall, 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

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

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

Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D., Imperial Seal Box

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When the Romans sent important small packages by courier, such as documents or valuables, they were were placed in strong leather or cloth bags, which were sealed with a stout cord, the knot covered in wax and impressed with the sender's signet. To protect the wax seal, it and the knot were encased in a small, ornamental metal box with an hinged lid and two holes in the back for the cord. In addition, the lid could be kept closed by further cords sewn to the package and tied around it. Hinged boxes used for this purpose have been found in Britain, where they tend to date to the 2nd and 3rd centuries and are mostly of enameled bronze. However, they certainly started earlier. Hattatt illustrated an example found in Ostia bearing the portraits of Hadrian and Sabina (p. 464, 151) and seal boxes with portraits of Vespasian and Domitian have been found in London and must have been used by high officials (P. Salway, A History of Roman Britain [Oxford 2001], p. 381). This was certainly the case with this piece, especially given its splendid portrait of Titus, which was surely made by workers in the imperial mint in Rome and then sent out for official use in the provinces. See Roman| Seal| Boxes| by Colin| Andrews| - for more information, as well as other examples of the type.
AS75699. cf. Hattatt ABOA, pp. 461 ff. (for general type); Nomos I 144 (cover only, head right), nice green patina, hing broken, Piriform-shaped bronze box with hinged cover, decorated with laureate head of Titus left, done in repoussť work; base perforated with three holes; 3.51g, 24mm x 17mm, 9mm (depth); ex Triton XIII (5-6 Jan 2010), lot 314; very rare; SOLD

Roman, White Patella Cup, 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. Ex Robert Hass collection.

The flang which was formed by pinching a fold of glass along the side of the cup must be purely decorative since the slop of the rim would prevent it from holding a lid.
AM32574. Patella cup; cf. Wolkenburg Collection, Christie's London, 9 July 1991, 96, Choice, probably Flavian period; reverse 3.8 cm (1 1/2") x 6.3 cm (2 1/2"), free-blown, thin opaque white glass, wide flanged rim, cream color patination, very attractive!; SOLD

Roman, Pair of Gold Earrings, 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.

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SH49964. Gold earrings, overall length 3.2 cm, wearable, Choice, each with loop decorated with of pyramids of granules on outer faces and a run of granules on sides, drop pendant with hollow globe ornamented with pyramids of granules; a few tiny granules missing; ex CNG; SOLD

Ptolemaic or Roman Egyptian, c. 1st Century B.C.

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

The mosaic glass making technique is a painstaking labor intensive process. Long colored glass rods (canes) are arranged and bundled to form the desired cross-section pattern. The rods are fused with heat and pulled to reduce the diameter and shrink the pattern to a smaller scale. The fused and pulled canes of glass are then cut into wafers, each piece bearing the original cross-section pattern in miniature. The wafers are then fused together to form the vessel. Millefiori, a combination of the Italian words "mille" (thousand) and "fiori" (flowers), is a distinctive and beautiful decorative pattern of mosaic glass.
AM32450. millefiori fragment from a vessel of the finest quality, Superb, a true gem!, 5.7 cm (2 1/4"), dark brown background, white spiral striped rim, multiple millefiori designs of circles of green and white, red and yellow dots circles, red circles with small yellow dots; lovely and delicate; of great rarity; SOLD


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