GALLERY 49:


ANCIENT GREEK AND CELTIC ART

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5283. A RARE BRONZE AGE SWORD, 1500 BC. Bronze blade with a green-black patina (75 % of the patina is remaining) On the top, there is about 1 cm missing, also the handle is partially broken (75 % is remaining). The handle shows the typical rivets and holes for the wooden grip. Lenght is 60,3 cm Very typical but rare sword of the bronze-time. Found in south Germany.



5284. A BRONZE AGE SICKLE, about 1500 BC. Used as a tool or as a medium of exchange. 14 cm , intact.



5285. A CELTIC BRONZE AXE, ca. 1000-600 BC. Cast socketed axe with side loop and reinforced rim. 4.7 inches. Excellent unused condition with casting sprue still on blade.



5286. A CHOICE CELTIC CHARIOT TERRET RING, ca. 3rd-2nd century BC. The heavy bronze ring was mounted on a chariot and served as a rein guide. 2.3 inches. Wonderful fine olive patina. In choice condition. A real gem!



5287. A CELTIC CHARIOT TERRET RING, ca. 3rd-1st century BC. Nice condition overall. 2.6 inches. Some encrustation.



5291. AN EARLY GREEK 12 COIL BRACELET, ca. 8th-6th century BC. Of hammered bronze with stylized snake head terminals, one detached but included. 4.5" diameter. Very rare.



5292. AN ARCHAIC GREEK KYLIX WITH INSCRIPTION, ca. 6th century BC. The two handled wine cup on pedestal base with CER incised in the black glaze of the tondo. Though at first glance this inscription might appear to be Latin rather than Greek, if one refers to a reference on Greek Epigraphy such as 'Reading The Past, Greek Inscriptions' by B. F. Cook, pg. 8,Table 1, one finds a listing of Greek Archaic alphabets in which it is clear that C was an Archaic form of gamma, and R of rho in various early Greek alphabets but that the two were used together only in the Corinthian. This is consistent with the origin of this kylix which comes from near Syracuse in Sicily which was of course founded as a colony of Corinth. Microscopic examination of the incisions also reveals no fresh edges, and deposits consistent with those on the rest of the surface. Now that it can be read as GER it most probably stands for GERAS, meaning 'gift' or 'in honor of'. Thus it might have been used in a libation to the Gods or perhaps as GERAS QANWNTAN, a gift in honor of the dead. 3 x 7 inches across handles. Intact and in excellent condition. A very rare and interesting early piece with inscription.



5293. A CHOICE CORINTHIAN GREEK KOTHON, ca. 6th century BC. The single handled vessel with bands of glaze and dots around the rim. 1.75 x 4.25 inches across handle. Choice condition with excellent hard glossy surface and glaze which is especially rare for Corinthian pottery.



5294. A LATE CORINTHIAN EXALEIPTRON, 525-500 BC. The distinctively shaped vessel with dot and line pattern. 2 x 7.4 inches across handle. Nice large example, a few chips on inner rim reattached with small gap. Rare.



5295. A GREEK RED FIGURE OINOCHOE, ca. 4th century BC. The pinched rim pitcher with head of a lady between palmettes, a wave pattern above. 2.75 x 3.75 inches. Excellent condition with light ancient deposits.



5296. A GREEK RED FIGURE PEDESTAL PLATE, ca. 4th century BC. The plate on pedestal base with the large head of a lady framed by curlicues on the tondo, dash pattern around the rim. 1.5 x 4.8 inches. Insignificant firing crack as made, otherwise in nice condition.



5297. A FINE MEGARIAN GREEK BOWL, ca. 3rd-2nd century BC. The hemispherical bowl with molded ornamentation including a procession of eight fabulous long-necked winged felines framed by bands of lines and dots, the base with a finely detailed acanthus leaf rosette with amphorae between the leaves, the vessel covered with a rich reddish brown glaze. 4 x 6 inches. Very precisely repaired from large shards. The Megarian bowls were the Greek precursors of the later Roman Arretine and terra sigillata vessels which also carried molded ornamentation, however the Megarian bowls are considerably rarer.



5298. MEGARIAN BOWL, about 300 BC. Molded floral ornaments all over the body. Megarian ware is the precursor of the roman Samian ware. 12,5 x 7 cm. Intact.



5299. CHOICE EARLY GREEK GEOMETRIC PERIOD FIBULA, ca. 1000 800 BC. Curved shape with a rectangle and ornamented plate. 8.5 x 5.2 cm. Wonderful bright green patina. Needle broken and glued. Very rare.



5300. A GRAECO-ROMAN PELIKE, ca. 1st century BC/AD. The double handled vessel with dark brown glaze. 5.3 x 7.9 inches.



5301. AN APULIAN STEMLESS KYLIX, ca. 4th century BC. The shallow double handled wine cup with black glaze. 8.5 across handles x 2.1 inches. Repaired from shards.



5302. AN ATTIC STEMLESS KYLIX, ca. 5th century BC. The shallow double handled wine cup with black glaze. 9.25 across handles x 3.3 inches. Repaired from three large shards.



5303. AN ATTIC STEMLESS KYLIX, ca. early 4th century BC. The shallow double handled wine cup with black glaze, four palmettes stamped in center of tondo. 6.5 across handles x 1.75 inches. One handle repaired.



5304. A PROVINCIAL GREEK PLATTER, ca. 3rd 1st century BC. The platter on ring base with central depression to hold sauce, rings of glaze around the tondo. 10.6 x 2.5 inches. Repaired from large shards with couple of rim chips.



5305. A GREEK KYLIX, ca. 4th century BC. The black glaze kylix with twin upturned handles and four stamped palmettes inside. 5.75 across handles x 3 inches. Repair with minor patching.



5306. AN ATTIC SINGLE HANDLED BOWL, ca. 450-430 BC. The black glazed bowl on ring base with single loop handle. 5.9 across handle x 1.6 inches. Repaired.



5307. AN ATTIC BLACK GLAZED BOWL, ca. 4th century BC. The black glazed bowl with four palmettes stamped on the tondo, incised mark on tondo and incised AGAG owner's mark on bottom. 3.5 x 1.1 inches.



5308. AN ATTIC BLACK GLAZED BOWL, ca. 4th century BC. 2.5 x 1.1 inches.



5309. AN ATTIC RED FIGURE LEKYTHOS, ca. 4th century BC. The black glazed lekythos with a large palmette in red figure technique on the side. 3.9 inches.



5310. A GREEK UNGLAZED STEMLESS KYLIX, ca. 4th century BC. The shallow cup with twin handles on ring base. 5.25 x 1.5 inches.



5311. A SINOPIAN GREEK TRANSPORT AMPHORA HANDLE, 1st quarter of 3rd century BC. The handle with BORUOE ASTUNOMOU APOLLWNIOU and Silenos hd. r. Cf. 'Greek Amphoras of The Black Sea', C.U. Monokov, 1999. pgs. 363, 366. 4 inches.



5312. TWO GREEK LEAD VOTIVE BUCRANIA, ca. 4th century BC. The two lead molded bull's heads used as offerings to the gods. 2.4 inches for the largest. Nice detail and rare.



5313. A LATE HELLENISTIC TERRACOTTA FIGURAL GROUP, first half of 1st century BC. The figures of two females, one leaning on a pedestal the other with her arm around the first. 5.75 inches. Professional repair.



5314. A GREEK BONE FIGURAL APPLICAE, ca. 3rd 1st century BC. The carved bone applicae in the figure of a robed female, remains of small bone pin for attachment. 2.9 inches. Rare.



5315. A GREEK BONE FIGURE OF TYCHE, ca. 3rd-1st century BC. The carved figure of the goddess in long robes and high polos, remains of gilding. 52 mm. Rare.