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Egypt, Black Slate Dish, Hellenic - Roman Period, 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.
This type of dish may have been used as a cosmetic pallet. AE48734. cf. Petrie, Stone & Metal Vases 972, Choice, some chipping to edge, otherwise intact, black slate dish; four square protruding handles, 3 ½ inches diameter; ex Malloy, Egyptian Art & Artifacts, Summer 1980, 118; $150.00 (€127.50)
Roman, Bronze Mirror Disc, 1st - 2nd Century A.D.
Ex Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia, Rome de-acquisition, c. 1950's; ex Ran Ryan, Rome 1974; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy. Museo Nazionale di Villa Giulia was founded in 1889 in the Villa Giulia, or Villa di Papa Giulio (Pope Julius), built in Rome in the mid-16th century for Pope Julius III. Today the museum is principally devoted to antiquities of the pre-Roman period, from ancient Umbria, Latium, and southern Etruria. In the 1950's the museum sold some of its later Roman antiquities to Rex Ryan, an antiquities dealer who had a shop in Rome. Alex Malloy, a retired dealer in antiquities for 40 years, purchased a group of these antiquities, including this piece, from Rex Ryan, in 1974. AI36100. Bronze Göbl MIRror disc; 4 3/4 inches diameter; thick green patina, Choice, $90.00 (€76.50)
Indus Valley, Bronze Combination Cloak Pin and Mirror, c. 1st Millennium B.C.
Bronze mirrors preceded the glass mirrors of today. This type of mirror has been found by archaeologists among elite assemblages from various cultures, from Etruscan Italy to China. In the Indus valley civilization, manufacture of bronze mirrors goes back to 2800 to 2500 B.C. AL59777. Indus valley, Bronze Pin/Mirror, c. 1st Millenium B.C., 3.25 x 11 inches, mirror with polished circular face with long pin handle, nice example, from a New Jersey collection, purchased from a European dealer (c. 1980's); very rare; SOLD