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Ancient Figures and Statues

Greek, Hellenistic Alexandrian Egypt, Marble Head of Zeus, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years. Ex Jerome Eisenberg, 1970.
AM35512. Marble head of Zeus; 4 x 4 inches; elegantly proportioned, Very attractive, large slightly almond shaped eyes looking ahead, straight nose (part is worn off), beard above and below the mouth; ears not present, some yellowing and brown, on black wood mount; of great rarity; $1700.00 (1496.00)

Greco-Roman Anatatolia (Smyrna, Ionia?), Terracotta Woman Holding Infant, 2nd century B.C. - 1st century A.D.

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Kourotrophos (Greek: "child nurturer") was an Athenian deity, the protector of children and young people, with a cult and sanctuary, the so-called Kourotropheion. Gods and goddesses, including Athena, Apollo, Hermes, Hecate, Aphrodite, and Artemis, are given the epithet Kourotrophos when depicted holding an infant. Figurines of females holding infants are also called Kourotrophos. The purpose of kourotrophic figurines is debated. Perhaps they are representations of the Athenian goddess. Perhaps they were fertility or childbirth charms. They are found in graves, so perhaps they were companions for the dead.

We were unable to find another example of this type. Attribution to Smyrna, Ionia is based on the color and texture of the clay, and on the style and workmanship.
AH21487. Terracotta kourotrophos statuette of a woman holding a swaddled infant, 25cm (9 7/8") tall, mold-made, hollow and without back, Choice, complete and intact, old dealer labels on the reverse, stands on its own base, Late Hellenistic to Roman Era; $600.00 (528.00)

Greek, Terracotta Eros Figure, 4th Century B.C.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AT31187. beige terracotta; full figure of nude Eros, winged, legs spread, holding fruit; 6.5 cm (2 1/2") high; unmounted; $300.00 (264.00)

Syro-Palestinian, Terracotta Bird (Owl?) Whistle, c. 2nd Millennium B.C.

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

This whistle, a child's toy, now about 3000 year old, still functions perfectly! Cover the hole on the bottom with your thumb, blow into a slot in the tail, then move your thumb away to uncover the hole - the result is a nice high pitched tone. There are three small holes in the top which may support the sound or perhaps small feathers were inserted them to simulate wings.
AS20864. Terracotta bird (owl?) whistle, c. 2nd millennium B.C., 5.6 cm long, cream-beige terracotta, functional whistle with nice high pitched tone, tips of the ears missing, otherwise complete and intact, unmounted; $300.00 (264.00)

Roman, Bronze Priapus Amulet, c. 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.

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Priapus or Priapos was a minor rustic fertility god, protector of livestock, fruit plants, gardens and male genitalia. Priapus is marked by his absurdly oversized permanent erection, which gave rise to the medical term priapism. He became a popular figure in Roman erotic art and Latin literature, and is the subject of the often humorously obscene collection of verse called the Priapeia. The word "amulet" comes from the Latin word amuletum, which Pliny's Natural History describes as "an object that protects a person from trouble."
AS91386. cf. Rolland, H. Bronzes Antiques de Haute Provence, Paris, 1965, #136; 41mm (1 5/8") tall, 14.4g, Choice, complete and intact, Priapus standing, bearded, wearing long garment and boots, holding open drapery to expose his large phallus; from a New England Collector; $250.00 (220.00)

Egypt, Bronze Seated Figure of Harpokrates, Ptolemaic - Roman, c. 100 B.C. - 100 A.D.

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Harpocrates, the god of silence, secrets and confidentiality extends his right index finger, in one of his classic poses.
AS20835. Bronze figure, Choice, complete, intact, attractive green patina, c. 100 B.C. to 200 A.D.; Harpokrates seated (on a modern clear Lucite cube), 4.7 cm high, nude but for his pointed cap, right hand raised and index finger extended; $250.00 (220.00)

India, Stone Head of a Bodhisattva, c. 10th Century A.D.

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The bodhisattva, a popular subject in Buddhist art, is someone who, motivated by great compassion, has a spontaneous wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. In early Indian Buddhism, bodhisattva usually referred specifically to the Buddha Shakyamuni in his former lives.
AH59767. India, stone head of a bodhisattva, 9.5 cm tall, c. 10th century A.D., ex New Jersey collection, ex European dealer (c. 1980); $180.00 (158.40)

Roman Egyptian, Terracotta Bust of Harpocrates with Finger to Mouth, 1st - 3rd Century A.D.

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

Shhhhh! quiet!...In Greek mythology, Harpocrates is the god of silence. Harpocrates was very popular in Egypt during the Ptolemaic and Roman Periods, as evidenced by his numerous terracotta household idols, such as this one.
AS20846. cf. BMC Terracottas IV 3043 ff., Terracotta head of Harpocrates; cf. Kaufmann 28; 5.6 cm (2 1/4") high, beige terracotta, bust of Harpocrates with right hand and finger to mouth, wearing horn and sun-disk headdress; fragment broken from a larger idol, unmounted; $110.00 (96.80)


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