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8930. AN IMPORTANT EARLY VOTIVE TERRA COTTA ALTAR WITH INSCRIPTION. European, prob. Megalithic Period, ca. 3000 BC. The heavy solid altar with curled horn, on the front face long spirals emanating from a swastika with other incised symbols, up the curled side a row of 'W' signs between dotted borders, additional spiral motifs between incised lines along the top. 2.25 x 5 x 5.6 inches. What appears to be an inscription in an uncertain language is incised around the spirals. The missing right side would likely have been symmetrical. Clearly of sacred nature almost certainly an altar piece. An extremely rare and important artifact of early European man and certainly deserving of further study. $7500 estimate.
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8931. UNFINISHED TROY TYPE STONE AXE, ca. 3500-1500 BC. The axe with notch where socket is normally found. 3.9 inches. Heinrich Schliemann found similar examples at Troy with only notches such as this has rather than completely drilled socket holes. $1000 estimate.
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8932. A BRONZE AGE GRINDING STONE. BLACK SEA AREA, ca. 3500-1500 BC. The grinding stone of discoidal form with wear from use on the bottom surface. 1.6 x 3.2 inches. $400 estimate.
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8933. RARE EUROPEAN IRON AGE TRIPLE SPOUTED VESSEL. Hungary? ca. 1st millennium BC. The burnished brown ware pot of heavy fabric with three finely symmetric spouts with everted rim, a base of similar form, the sides decorated with chevron and pricked dot designs. 4.5 inches. Very rare. A real gem! $3000 estimate.
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8934. MUSEUM QUALITY CELTIC STONE HEAD AMULET, ca. 4th-1st century BC. The fine grained limestone or marble head of ovoid form with superb classic Celtic features. 1.4 inches. Original drilled suspension hole through 'neck'. Likely worn as a trophy head amulet. Museum quality artifact of the finest Celtic art. $7500 estimate.
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8935. FINE CELTIC BRONZE BUST, ca. 3rd-1st century BC. The Celtic style head with nice detail, wearing a torque and tunic, the back flat. 0.9 inches. Great example. $1750 estimate.
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8936. FINE CELTIC CHARIOT HANDLE, ca. 3rd century BC/AD. The heavy knobbed handle with hole at base for attachment nail. 3.3 inches. Choice intact condition with wonderful forest green patina. $1250 estimate.
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8937. NICE SCYTHIAN BRONZE EQUESTRIAN ORNAMENT, ca. 5th-4th century BC. Nicely modeled with bird's head with beak, nasal opening and projecting topknot. Similar detail both sides. 1 x 1.6 inches. This was an equestrian ornament projecting from the horse's forehead. Cf. Materials in The Archaeology of Tauria for the type. Rare. Nice example. $950 estimate.
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8938. A CHOICE OLD KINGDOM DIORITE JAR, 2780-2060 BC. The elegant biconical vessel of speckled black and white stone with twin pierced lug handles, the surface finely turned and polished. 3.5 x 4 inches. Choice example and condition. $7500 estimate.
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8939. CHOICE EGYPTIAN FALSE CANOPIC JAR, ca. 1st millennium BC. The heavy solid limestone 'jar' with the finely carved jackal head of the God Duatmutef, and a grooved delineation meant to indicate a lid. 4.25 x 8.5 inches. 7 lbs. Rare. $7500 estimate.
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8940. FINE EGYPTIAN BRONZE KHNUM. Late Period, ca. 1000-330 BC. The heavy solid cast ram-headed god reclining with horns curled forward along its cheeks wearing his tall hemhemet crown with uraeus cobras and horns, heavy mounting tenon below. 2.5 x 3 inches. Excellent example with choice and rare reddish patina. Very rare this nice. $3500 estimate.
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8941. RARE EGYPTIAN BRONZE HANDLE. Late Period, ca. 1000-300 BC. Originally the handle of a bronze sistrum or mirror. Both sides of similar design with the torso or the Goddess Hathor flanked by two uraeus cobras and wearing an ornate headdress on which sits a charming little cat. 6.8". A very unusual and appealing example. Repair to base. Mounted on heavy black marble block. Old museum numbers in white and black ink. $3500 estimate.
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8942. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE U'SHABTI, 26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC. The protective figure of pale green to sand color with traces of black painted hieroglyphics from the Book of The Dead. ~3.75". Chip to side of head. $450 estimate.
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8944. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE U'SHABTI, 26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC. The protective figure of pale green to sand color with traces of black painted hieroglyphics from the Book of The Dead. ~3.75". $450 estimate.
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8945. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE U'SHABTI, 26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC. The protective figure of pale green to sand color with traces of black painted hieroglyphics from the Book of The Dead. ~3.75". $450 estimate.
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8946. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE U'SHABTI, 26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC. The protective figure of pale green to sand color with traces of black painted hieroglyphics from the Book of The Dead. ~3.75". $450 estimate.
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8947. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE U'SHABTI, 26th Dynasty, 664-525 BC. The protective figure of pale green to sand color with traces of black painted hieroglyphics from the Book of The Dead. ~3.75". $450 estimate.
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8948. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. This one unlisted and a very rare type. 33 mm. Intact in original form with suspension hole. Some iridescence. $650 estimate.
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8950. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size. $350 estimate.
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8952. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size. $350 estimate.
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8953. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size. $350 estimate.
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8956. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size. $350 estimate.
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8957. AN EGYPTIAN FAIENCE EYE OF HORUS AMULET, ca. 1st millennium BC. As pictured. Between 12-27 mm. Call for exact size. $350 estimate.
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8959. MUSEUM QUALITY ALEXANDRIAN DOUBLE 'FROG' LAMP, ca. 1st-4th century AD. The so called 'frog' lamps are so named by the general resemblance of the form to that of a frog. Only rarely such as in the present example do they also bear the figures of frogs, and this is the only double chambered example I've carried. 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Small knob handle lost, small hole in the side of spout. Very rare and charming example. Museum quality. $3000 estimate.
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8960. A CHOICE SUMERIAN BULL AMULET, ca. 3rd millennium BC. The brown stone amulet finely carved in the form of a reclining bull, the head facing. 2 inches. On custom stand. Very rare. $3500 estimate.
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8961. A RARE SUMERIAN BULL AMULET, ca. 3rd millennium BC. The amulet of gray stone, carved in the form of a reclining bull, the head facing. 19 x 30 mm. Small chip to top rv. Very rare. $1750 estimate.
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8962. AN IMPORTANT MESOPOTAMIAN BRONZE FIGURE OF A MYTHIC HERO, ca. 2nd millenium BC. The cast bronze figure of a hero (Gilgamesh?) holding apart an arch (the sky?) terminating in three animal heads. 1.7 x 2.25 inches. Choice condition. Very rare and deserving of further study. $2500 estimate.
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8963. A FINE MESOPOTAMIAN BRONZE BEAKER, ca. 2nd millennium BC. The beaker with wide pinched base and tall curved neck with slightly everted rim, a wonderful solid cast facing head applicae of a Mesopotamian diety or hero on the side. 3.75 x 4 inches. Choice example and condition with a fine chestnut and green patina partly under a thin layer of ancient encrusted soil. On custom metal stand. Very rare. $6000 estimate.
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8964. A CHOICE 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. $3500 estimate.
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8965. A RARE HOLY LAND BRONZE ALTAR, ca. 2nd millennium BC. The altar with ornamental openwork stand supporting and integral offering tray with two projecting side loops. 3.5 x 3.5 x 6 inches. Excellent condition with ancient encrustation. Extremely rare, the only one I've carried. $15,000 estimate.
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8966. CHOICE MESOPOTAMIAN CYLINDER SEAL, ca. 2nd millennium BC. The dark brown stone seal with a finely carved scene of a two male figures standing, one looking back at the other, two winged animals before. 22 mm. Choice example of the finest style and condition. $3500 estimate.
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8967. A MESOPOTAMIAN CYLINDER SEAL, ca. 2nd millennium BC. The dark gray stone seal with a carved scene with two figures supporting a wreath between them, a panel of heiroglyphic-like symbols to the left. 21 mm. Nice example and condition. $750 estimate.
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8968. A MESOPOTAMIAN CYLINDER SEAL, ca. 2nd millennium BC. The black stone seal with a carved scene of two sphinxes. 20 mm. Nice example and condition, small chip to rim not affecting the rollout. $450 estimate.
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8969. CHOICE ASSYRIAN FAIENCE DISH, ca. 700 BC. The beautiful pale turquoise-blue dish on ring base with molded flower and sunburst at the center, molded rope pattern along the rim. 0.8 x 3.3 inches. Choice intact condition. Excessively rare and fine, a little museum quality gem! $4500 estimate.
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8970. HEAVY COPPER ALLOY BRACELET. Probably Bactrian or Persian, ca. 1250-750 BC. The heavy solid bracelet of triangular section with ribbed edges, considerable interesting woven textile imprints in the encrustation layer. 1.8 x 3.7 inches. A very interesting piece most likely worn by a warrior as a shield against some blows. Rare. $1750 estimate.
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8971. CHOICE LURISTAN BRONZE BEAKER, ca. 9th-8th century BC. The cylindrical cup terminating in the finely worked snarling head of a lion, the rim with tongue and dot border all done in repousse technique with chased detail. 2 x 4 inches. Choice condition and extremely rare. Needs to be seen to be appreciated. $7500 estimate.
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8972. CHOICE LURISTAN BRONZE STAMP SEAL, ca. 8th-9th century BC. The seal with double bird's heads forming the handle, the stamp of Boeotian shield form with annular and linear designs. The seal in choice condition with original suspension ring intact. 2.4 x 2.5 inches. Rare this nice. $2500 estimate.
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8973. 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. $15,000 estimate.
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8974. 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 precious 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. $10,000 estimate.
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8975. 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. $1400 estimate.
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8976. 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. $9500 estimate.
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8977. A CHOICE PHOENICIAN 'BIL-BIL', ca. 1200-900 BC. The classic Phoenician vessel with spherical body on everted ring base with high neck with everted rim, a single strap handle looping gracefully from the shoulder to the neck, the body ornamented with curving ridges. 11.4 inches. A choice and large example. Very rare this nice, of especially elegant form. $4500 estimate.
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8978. 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. $450 estimate.
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