GALLERY 49:


ANCIENT NEAR EASTERN AND EGYPTIAN ART

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5244. AN EGYPTIAN SARCOPHAGUS MASK, plaster on wood. The mask has a red face with painted eyes and eye-brows. On the heads upper part the plaster is painted in turquoise color. On this part the plaster is slightly unstable. Some plaster is missing in this region as well as at the chin. Sand deposits on the face. 21 cm high. About 1000 to 100 BC.



5245. AN EGYPTIAN SARCOPHAGUS MASK, plaster on wood. Only the parts of the white plaster remaining. 15 cm high. About 1000 to 100 BC.



5246. AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF HORUS. 26th Dynasty, ca. 600 BC. The divine child Horus, son of Isis, seated holding a purse or grape bunch in one hand, an animal in the other. 1.6 x 1.25 inches. Complete and intact. Rare. On custom stand.



5247. AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF HARPOCRATES. Ptolemaic Period, ca. 2nd 1st century BC. The god as a young prince with sidelock and wearing the Pharonic crown, and standing in the usual finger to lips pose. 3.2 inches. Feet missing, otherwise complete with excellent detail including incised sidelock and incised amuletic necklace. Rare. On custom stand.



5248. AN EGYPTIAN TERRACOTTA FIGURE OF SERAPIS, ca. 3rd-1st century. BC. The bearded god wearing his modius (grain measure) headdress. 3.7 inches. Excellent detailing and style. On marble base.



5249. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE U'SHABTI. Late Period, ca. 664-525 BC. The Shabti with traces of black heiroglyphics. Intact. 3.75 inches.



5250. AN EGYPTIAN GRAY STEATITE SCARAB. XIX Dynasty, ca. 1304-1195 BC. Well carved beetle with notched wing case base carved with the cartouche of Rameses II. Pierced for suspension. 16 mm. Choice condition with deep sharp carving.



5251. A RARE INDUS VALLEY ANIMAL HEAD, ca. 3rd 2nd millennium BC. The upright head with conical nose and tapered head. 1.5 x 1.5 inches. Rare.



5252. A RARE INDUS VALLEY COSMETIC DISH, ca. 3rd 2nd millennium BC. The shallow dish with flat base and rim. 0.5 x 1.8 inches. Rare.



5253. A RARE INDUS VALLEY COSMETIC DISH, ca. 3rd 2nd millennium BC. The shallow dish with flat base and rim. 0.5 x 2.7 inches. Rim chip. Rare.



5254. A RARE INDUS VALLEY COSMETIC JAR, ca. 3rd 2nd millennium BC. The small jar with globular body on flat base and everted neck. 1.75 inches. Rare.



5255. AN INDUS VALLEY SHELL BEAD BRACELET, ca. 3rd 2nd millennium BC. The necklace of drilled cowrie shells. ~8.5 inches.



5256. A LARGE INDUS VALLEY STEATITE BEAD, ca. 3rd 2nd millennium BC. The carved, drilled and polished gray stone bead with incised annulet and oblique designs. 1 x 1.2 inches. Ancient deposits attesting authenticity. Rare.



5257. AN INDUS VALLEY TERRACOTTA LION HEAD, ca. 2nd 1st millennium BC. The lion head with incised features and mane, once attached to a larger vessel. 1.5 x 1.75 inches. Rare.



5258. AN ANATOLIAN MARBLE 'VIOLIN' IDOL, ca. 2700 BC. The carved marble idol with discoidal head atop tapered neck rising from rectangular body. 2.3 x 4 inches. Repaired at neck with evidence of earlier ancient lead repair. Ancient patina especially visible on rv. A very early rare and desirable type. On custom stand.



5259. AN UNUSUAL CUNEIFORM TABLET. 3rd Dynasty of Ur, ca. 2300-2200 BC. The tablet with rows of cuneiform covering the two faces as well as additional lines on the sides, and including a faint human figure on one side. 1.25 inches. Couple of very small chips. Excellent hard fired condition with clear cuneiform. The tablet unusual in that the cuneiform is raised, having been impressed by means of cylinder seals throughout.



5260. AN UNUSUAL CUNEIFORM TABLET. 3rd Dynasty of Ur, ca. 2300-2200 BC. The tablet with rows of cuneiform covering the two faces as well as additional lines on the sides, and including a faint human figure on one side. 1.25 inches. Couple of very small chips. Excellent hard fired condition with clear cuneiform. The tablet unusual in that the cuneiform is raised, having been impressed by means of cylinder seals throughout.



5261. A MESOPOTAMIAN COPPER ALLOY FIGURAL PLAQUE, ca. 2nd-1st millennium BC. The heavy cast plaque with the molded relief figures of a mother (likely a mother Goddess) nursing a child, with two additional children in her arms. 2.5 inches. The current piece is ex. Joseph Ternbach collection. Ternbach was a well known expert in early metal work and had a wonderful collection of antiquities many of which were donated to museums or sold by Sotheby's. I was fortunate to obtain a number of minor pieces from the collection as well as many books from Ternbach's library.



5262. A SYRIAN BRONZE CLOAK PIN. ca. 3nd millennium BC. The cloak pin with flat beaten disk and curled head but without a central attachment hole. 8.25 inches. These pins were used to fasten and ornament garments and also doubled as weapons for personal protection. A very early example.



5263. A SYRIAN BRONZE CLOAK PIN. ca. 3nd millennium BC. The cloak pin with curled head but without a with central attachment hole. 4 inches. These pins were used to fasten and ornament garments and also doubled as weapons for personal protection. A very early example. Tip of point not showing in image.



5264. A SYRIAN BRONZE CLOAK PIN. ca. 2nd millennium BC. The cloak pin with central attachment hole and knobbed head. 7.25 inches. These pins were used to fasten and ornament garments and also doubled as weapons for personal protection. Scarcer style with 'bent' head as made.



5265. A SYRIAN BRONZE CLOAK PIN. ca. 2nd millennium BC. The cloak pin with central attachment hole and knobbed head. 7.7 inches. These pins were used to fasten and ornament garments and also doubled as weapons for personal protection.



5266. A SYRIAN BRONZE CLOAK PIN. ca. 2nd millennium BC. The cloak pin with central attachment hole and knobbed head. 7.75 inches. These pins were used to fasten and ornament garments and also doubled as weapons for personal protection



5267. A SYRIAN BRONZE CLOAK PIN. ca. 2nd millennium BC. The cloak pin with central attachment hole and knobbed head. 7.6 inches. These pins were used to fasten and ornament garments and also doubled as weapons for personal protection



5268. A SYRIAN BRONZE CLOAK PIN. ca. 2nd millennium BC. The cloak pin with central attachment hole and knobbed head. 5.7 inches. These pins were used to fasten and ornament garments and also doubled as weapons for personal protection



5269. A SYRIAN BRONZE CLOAK PIN. ca. 2nd millennium BC. The cloak pin with central attachment hole and knobbed head. 3.85 inches. These pins were used to fasten and ornament garments and also doubled as weapons for personal protection



5270. A SYRIAN BRONZE CLOAK PIN. ca. 1st millennium BC. The cloak pin with central attachment hole and ribbed head. 4 inches. These pins were used to fasten and ornament garments and also doubled as weapons for personal protection



5271. A SYRIAN BRONZE CALF HEAD, ca. 5th-3rd century BC. The head with pierced ears for earrings and attachment tenon at rear. 1.2 inches.



5272. A SARMATIAN SILVER MEDALLION, 1st-2nd century AD. The medallion depicting Aphrodite wearing a diadem and necklace and holding a scepter and two Erotes, all in high relief repousse. 43 mm diameter. Professional repair. See an identical example in the Hermitage collection from the same mold. Cf. 'Kuban's Ancient Gold', N. Anfimov, 1987.



5273. A CIMMERIAN OR SCYTHIAN IRON AXE, ca. 7th century BC. The socketed axe with narrow blade and curled top. 7.25 inches. The iron has been professionally stablized. Rare.



5274. A SCYTHIAN IRON SWORD (AKINAK), ca. 6th century BC. The sword with distinctive stylized animal head pommel and butterfly hilt. 14.5 inches. Extremely rare.



5275. A SARMATIAN IRON SWORD WITH GOLD AND GARNET POMMEL, ca. 2nd-1st century BC. The heavy iron sword with remains of the wooden scabbard adhering and remains of fabric impressions on the handle, the double-hammer form pommel covered with sheet gold with garnet terminals. 18 inches. Extemely rare.



5276. 5 SCYTHIAN SPINDLE WHORLS, ca. 7th-6th century BC. The terracotta whorls used for spinning. Up to 4 cm. Some with incised decorations.



5277. A SCYTHIAN VOTIVE DEPOSIT, ca. 6th-5th century BC. The terracotta disk with impressions of three human fingers. 2.8 inches. These were representations of breads given as offerings to the gods. Rare.



5278. A SCYTHIAN STONE GRINDER AND SPINDLE WHORL, ca. 6th-5th century BC. The grinder in the form of a cube with rounded corners. To 1.6 inches.



5279. 10 SCYTHIAN BRONZE TRILOBATE ARROWHEADS, 5th-4th century BC. Up to 1.25 inches. Selected choice examples.



5280. 11 SCYTHIAN BRONZE TRILOBATE ARROWHEADS, 5th-4th century BC. Up to 1.25 inches. Selectied choice examples.



5281. A SCYTHIAN EQUINE ORNAMENT, ca. 4th century BC. The bronze ring shaped ornament used on the bridle straps of a horse. 1 inch.



5282. A SCYTHIAN BRONZE AXE PENDANT, ca. 4th century BC. 1.3 inches.