PREHISTORIC, CELTIC, NEAR EASTERN AND EGYPTIAN ART

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B3324. EARLIEST HUMAN TOOLS. Paleolithic, England, Twydall, ca. 300,000 yrs. Flaked chert or flint tool with Twydall find number 1773 in ink. 3.25 x 3.6 inches. These stone tools from Twydall are considered to the the earliest evidence of human tool making in Britain. Rare and of great historical importance.



B3325. EARLIEST HUMAN TOOLS. Paleolithic, England, Twydall, ca. 300,000 yrs. Flaked chert or flint tool with Twydall find number 1447 in ink. 1.7 x 3.25 inches. These stone tools from Twydall are considered to the the earliest evidence of human tool making in Britain. Rare and of great historical importance.



B3326. EARLIEST HUMAN TOOLS. Paleolithic, England, Twydall, ca. 300,000 yrs. Flaked chert or flint tool with Twydall find number 1961 in ink. 1.7 x 3 inches. These stone tools from Twydall are considered to the the earliest evidence of human tool making in Britain. Rare and of great historical importance.



B3327. EARLIEST HUMAN TOOLS. Paleolithic, England, Twydall, ca. 300,000 yrs. Flaked chert or flint tool with Twydall find number 1791 in ink. 1.8 x 2.8 inches. These stone tools from Twydall are considered to the the earliest evidence of human tool making in Britain. Rare and of great historical importance.



B3328. A BLACK SEA AREA STONE AXE, ca. 3500-1500 BC. The axe with notch where socket is normally found. 3.9 inches. Schleiman found similar examples at Troy with only such notches rather than completely drilled socket holes.



B3329. A BLACK SEA AREA STONE GRINDER, ca. 3500-1500 BC. The grinder of discoidal form with wear from use on the bottom surface. 1.6 x 3.2 inches.



B3330. A RARE NEOLITHIC PAINTED POT. Mesopotamian or Iran, ca. 4500-4000 BC. The globular round-bottomed pot with everted rim, the body with a ban of vertical lines around the waist, a band of triple horizontal lines around the shoulder, three lines on the bottom issuing from the center, possibly a maker's mark, incised prior to firing. 4.25 x 4.5 inches. Cf. Habib Anavian Collection, #2 for another neolithic bowl with somewhat similar markings. On custom lucite stand. Extremely rare.



B3331. AN EXCEPTIONAL BRONZE ISIS AND HORUS FIGURE. Egypt, late 2nd millennium BC. The goddess wearing her crown, seated with the child Horus on her lap offering her breast to him. 5.5 inches. Repair to one horn of the crown. An exceptional conplete example with excellent detail in choice condition. Mounted on custom stand using the original mounting tenons. The piece originally ex. Christie's or Bonhams, London.



B3332. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. This one uncertain but rare type. 33 mm. Some iridescence.



B3333. AN EGYPTIAN STONE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. Of gray micaceous stone. 20 mm.



B3334. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size.



B3335. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size.



B3336. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size.



B3337. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size.



B3338. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size.



B3339. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size.



B3340. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size.



B3341. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size.



B3342. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size.



B3343. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size.



B3344. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size.



B3345. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size.



B3346. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size.



B3347. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size.



B3348. A PHOENICAN GOLD SCARAB RING, ca. early 1st millennium BC. The faience scarab on a gold wire ring, the scarab with a Bes-like face. 25mm. Rare.



B3349. A RARE SUMERIAN GRAYWARE BOWL, late 3rd millennium BC. The vessel with wide everted rim, the rim and shoulder decorated with fine zig zag lines. 2.5 x 4.2 inches. Extremely rare in this condition. On custom stand.



B3350. A FINE EARLY MESOPOTAMIAN/IRANIAN PAINTED VESSEL, ca. 3rd millennium BC. The spouted vessel with angled handle bridging the wide mouth, painted linear designs on the shoulder, handle, rim and spout. 8 x 9 inches. Rare early type. Intact. On lucite ring stand.



B3351. A FINE LURISTAN BRONZE AXE, ca. 9th-8th century BC. The axe with long body gracefully widening to the blade, four comb-like lugs reinforcing the socket. 7.3 inches. On custom stand.



B3352. A FINE LURISTAN BRONZE CLOAK PIN STILETTO, ca. 9th-8th century BC. The pin with a long sharp point, ring reinforced body with eight-winged head. 10.2 inches. A choice sharp example which obviously doubled as a stiletto type weapon! Rare this nice.



B3353. 6 PHOENICIAN-EGYPTIAN BRONZE AMULETS, ca. 1000-600 BC. The amulets representing figures of Harpocrates and other Gods, all but one with intact suspension loops on the reverse. To 1.75 inches. On custom mount. Rare.



B3354. A PHOENICIAN JUG, ca. 1000-600 BC. The single-handled jug with piriform body and pouring spout. 3.75 x 6 inches. Intact. On custom stand.



B3355. A PHOENICIAN JUG, ca. 1000-600 BC. The single-handled jug with globular body. 3.75 x 5.2 inches. Intact. On custom stand.



B3356. A RARE PUNIC BABY FEEDER, ca. 5th-4th century BC. The elegant feeder on high base with single vertical handle and feeder spout, the top half with dark brown glaze. 3.2 inches. Small rim chips otherwise intact. Very rare and elegant.



B3357. A RARE JOINTED TERRACOTTA EROTIC FIGURE, Asia Minor, ca. 1st-2nd century AD. The standing male figure wearing a short tunic from which his legs and oversize penis protrude, the legs and penis jointed and movable. 5.75 inches. Repair to body. Very rare.



B3358. A RARE JOINTED TERRACOTTA EROTIC FIGURE, Asia Minor, ca. 1st-2nd century AD. The standing male figure wearing a short tunic from which his legs and oversize penis (possibly a tail?) protrude, the legs and penis jointed and movable. 6.5 inches. Very rare.



B3359. AN EXCEPTIONAL PAIR OF NABATEAN BRONZE FIGURES, ca. 2nd 1st century BC. The matching pair a husband and wife, both dressed in long robes with hands outstretched probably in offering to the gods. To 5.1 inches. Both cast in the round in exceptional style with excellent detail, additional detail certainly under the slightly crusty patina. Very rare and important examples, especially as an intact pair. Mounted on custom stands. See Sotheby's London 6/7/95 #260 for a very similar male figure the same size estimated at 6,000-8,000.



B3360. AN IMPORTANT ISRAELITE BASALT 'POTTER'S WHEEL'. Late Caananite period, ca. 1500-1200 BC. Composed of two polished stone disks, the projected lug of the top turning in the matching depression of the bottom, showing considerable rotational polish from long use. 5.5 x 3.3 inches. Cf. 'From The Beginning, Archaeology and Art in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem', Katz, Kahane and Broshi, #54 for a nearly identical example excavated at Hazor. Though described as a potter's wheel by Katz et. al., in this cataloger's (elo) view certain difficulties arise with this interpretation, such as how it could be rotated with a clay vessel perched on the irregular top in a stable constant manner. My own feeling is that it may have functioned as a grinding mill for kohl or other such substances, or perhaps, since the Hazor example is described as having been found in a potter's shop, it was used to grind pigments for glazes or paints. Whatever it's use, an important museum quality, exceptionally rare and extremely interesting artifact that deserves further study.



B3361. A HOLY LAND BRONZE DUCKBILL AXE, ca. 2000-1600 BC. The socketed fenestrated axe in a form similar to the bill of a duck. 4.4 inches.



B3362. A LARGE HOLY LAND AMPHORA TOP WITH PAINTED INSCRIPTION, ca. 1st millenium BC. The top with both handles and neck, several untranslated characters in red on the shoulder. 7 x 9 inches. A possibly important piece and certainly deserving of further study. Any information or translation much appreciated.



B3363. A LARGE HOLY LAND COOKING POT, ca. 1st-2nd century AD. The especially large pot with globular body with reinforcing ridges and ring stand. 10 x 12 inches. The type used during the lifetime of Christ. Intact and in choice condition. Very rare this nice.



B3364. A HOLY LAND COOKING POT, ca. 1st-2nd century AD. The double-handled pot with globular body and reinforcing ridges. 6 x 7 inches. The type used during the lifetime of Christ. Repair to base. On custom stand. Cf. 'Israel In Antiquity', Jewish Museum of New York, #113 for the type.



B3365. A HOLY LAND COOKING POT, ca. 1st-2nd century AD. The double-handled pot with globular body and reinforcing ridges. 7 x 7.25 inches. The type used during the lifetime of Christ. Repair to base. On custom stand. Cf. 'Israel In Antiquity', Jewish Museum of New York, #113 for the type.



B3366. A FINE HOLY LAND COOKING POT, ca. 1st-2nd century AD. The large double-handled pot with globular body and reinforcing ridges. 8.5 x 8.75 inches. The type used during the lifetime of Christ. A choice intact example. On custom stand. Cf. 'Israel In Antiquity', Jewish Museum of New York, #113 for the type.



B3367. A FINE HOLY LAND COOKING POT, ca. 1st-2nd century AD. The large single-handled pot with globular body and reinforcing ridges. 8.25 x 9 inches. The type used during the lifetime of Christ. A choice intact example. On custom stand. Cf. 'Israel In Antiquity', Jewish Museum of New York, #113 for the type.



B3368. A HOLY LAND SPINDLE BOTTLE. Hasmonean Period, ca. 167-37 BC. The spindle bottle with conical body and high neck with knobbed rim. 5.5 inches. Intact. On custom stand.



B3369. A LARGE CYPRIOT BICHROME WARE AMPHORA. Cypro-Archaic, 750-600 BC. The tall ovoid body tapering to a narrow flat base, slightly flared straight neck with flat rim, the neck, body and twin handles decorated with thin bands and concentric circles. 11.5 x 12.75 inches. An exceptional intact (but for a small firing crack in the rim) example with choice paint.



B3370. A LARGE CYPRIOT BICHROME WARE AMPHORA. Cypro-Archaic, 750-600 BC. The tall ovoid body tapering to a narrow flat base, slightly flared straight neck with flat rim, the neck, body and twin handles decorated with thin bands and concentric circles. 10.5 x 13.75 inches. An exceptional intact (there is a minute firing crack in the rim) example with choice paint.



B3371. A CYPRIOT BICHROME WARE BOTTLE, ca. 1st millennium BC. The bottle with red and black bands. 5.5 inches. With some bulges in the surface due to air bubbles in the clay when it was fired. Interesting thus.



B3372. A FINE CYPRIOT LIMESTONE HEAD. Late Archaic Period, ca. 500 BC. The male head wearing a wreath over his curly hair, traces of reddish pigment on mouth and wreath. 2.25 x 3 x 3.75 inches. Intact with hair detail on flat back. Drilled for mounting on a stand. Rare and a choice example. See a very similar though smaller example in Christie's NY, Dec. 98, #74 with a $4000-$6000 estimate.




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