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We've just received a selection of exquisite ancient gold jewelry available for private sale. This European collection includes exceptional rings, bracelets and necklaces. Qualified buyers may contact us at
Edgar@EdgarLOwen.com for details.



ANCIENT COINS

7921. KINGDOM OF THE CIMMERIAN BOSPORUS, RHESKUPORIS by the authority of Septimius Severus. Electrum Stater. Bust Rheskuporis/Bust Septimius Severus. EF. Choice example as good as they come!

$4000.



FINE ANCIENT & WORLD ART

AN IMPORTANT MUSEUM QUALITY EXAMPLE OF THE FINEST IN HELLENISTIC GREEK ART

13025. HELLENISTIC GREEK BRONZE MIRROR COVER. Late Hellenistic or early Roman Imperial, 1st century BC-1st century AD. The cover depicts a nude satyr courting a semi-nude nymph. The satyr stands in contrapposto stance, seen from behind, grasping the drapery of a seated nymph, her garment falling to her hips, who attempts to curb the advances of the satyr by grabbing his arm. Diameter: 13.7 cm. A beautifully executed composition by the artist who has filled the circular space creating a graceful and well-fitting composition in high relief. Like all the finest high relief Greek mirrors the back cover was made as a separate piece. The mirror itself, likely made of finely polished silver, is missing from this example as often the case when made as a separate piece. Provenance: Ex Nomos FPL (Winter-Spring 2010), no. 127 (at 35,700 CHF); Gorny & Mosch 179 (19 June 2009), lot 8A; Private German Collection formed in the 1980s. Verso.

The subject of a satyr pursuing a nymph or maenad has a long history in Greek art, dating back at least to the Archaic period. At that time, the scene was often a violent one with grotesque, usually ithyphallic, satyrs intensely pursuing and forcibly abducting their intended victims. By the Hellenistic period there was a transformation: with increasing frequency the satyr became more humanlike and desirable (the so-called "Barberini Faun" being the most famous product of this transition). Furthermore, the theme of a satyr pursuing a female became increasingly sensual, turning from an animalistic pursuit into a bucolic romance, even into the popular Hellenistic “Invitation to Dance” motif, which this scene recalls. Here the nymph meets the satyr’s gaze with no trace of trepidation, and her grasp of her pursuer’s arm is firm but unconvincing, as if she is merely feigning her resistance.

Price on request.



13024. GREEK BRONZE KOHL CONTAINER WITH ORIGINAL APPLICATOR. Greek, 4th-2nd centuries BC. In the form of a tall amphora, with suspension holes the handles for wearing around the neck. This indicates frequent reapplication by the wearer and may suggest she was a prostitute or at the least a party girl. It's rare to find an intact example with the original applicator. Maximum height: 12.0cm. Green patina. Provenance; From the David Hendin Collection, purchased in Jerusalem from J. Zadok, 1995.

Kohl was a widely used feminine makeup in the ancient world. It was used by noblewomen as well as prostitutes in Rome and across the Eastern Mediterranean. It was also used by men and boys in some cases based on ancient paintings. Kohl is made from grinding stibnite (antimony sulfide), or sometimes galena (lead sulfide), and mixing it with a scented binder. It was used as an eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara to darken the eyelids and eyelashes. Kohl is still used in many parts of the world but is illegal to import into or sell in the United States, because it is not on the list of color additives approved by the Food and Drug Administration, which considers kohl unsafe for use.

$4000.



13023. THRACIAN GREEK CALDRON HANDLE. c. 5th-4th century BC. With a griffin on each side, this handle formed part of a massive vessel. Width: 21.8cm. Green patina. Provenance: From the J. S. Wagner Collection.

The largest and finest vessels of ancient Greece were the huge bronze caldrons. These caldrons were owned by nobles to entertain and impress their guests and served as the centerpieces of their communal banquets. Only a few original high quality bronze caldrons remain and they are among the finest decorated bronze vessels of the period. They were also copied by Celtic and Thracian nobles to the north of Greece proper. Sadly in many cases only the more solidly built handles remain. This example comes from Northern Greece or Thrace as evidenced by the style of the griffin motif.

$4000.



13019. EGYPTIAN CARTONNAGE PECTORAL. Egypt, Late Period, mid 1st millennium BC. 12.5 x 9 inches. Consisting of several mating fragments with painted gesso designs, Horus falcons at the top, an amulet with hieroglyphs depicted hanging from the neck. Provenance: The collection of a prominent Egyptologist brought to the US in 1954 with the family.

$2400.



13018. EGYPTIAN CARTONNAGE PANEL. Egypt, Late Period, mid 1st millennium BC. 15 x 4.5 inches. Consisting of two main panels with painted gesso designs, the upper panel depicting Anubis tending to the body of the deceased. Provenance: The collection of a prominent Egyptologist brought to the US in 1954 with the family. Detail. Back view.

$2400.



WITH NUMERIOUS HIEROGLYPHS

13017. LARGE EGYPTIAN LINEN GARMENT. Egypt, Roman Period, c. 1st century BC/AD. 42 x 29 inches. Consisting of several large linen fragments and other smaller ones of a single garment with painted gesso designs with numerous hieroglyphic panels. Very rare. Provenance: The collection of a prominent Egyptologist brought to the US in 1954 with the family. Detail.

$1800.



AN EXQUISITE EXAMPLE OF ANCIENT GREEK GOLD WORK

13016. VERY FINELY DETAILED GREEK GOLD ORNAMENT. Greece, c. 4th-3rd century BC. A wonderful floral ornament only 10 x 14 mm but showing the incurable fine detail of gold smithing the finest ancient Greek artisans were capable of. In the middle of the figure eight ornament sits a small 6 petalled flower, and the gold wire bordering the petals is granulated with hundreds of beads down to an incredible 0.1 mm scale invisible to the naked eye. Obvious proof that the Greek jewelers worked with high quality magnifying lenses. A miniature masterpiece likely nearly impossible to recreate even today. The reverse has a ~1 mm diameter mounting sheath of folded 0.1 mm gold that would have fitted over a gold wire for mounting. Another view. Reverse.

$2400.



NICE SHARP EXAMPLE WITH TRANSLATION

12980. A MESOPOTAMIAN CUNEIFORM FOUNDATION CONE, Neo-Sumerian period, 2120 BC. This cuneiform foundation cone was dedicated by Gudea, the governor of Lagash to the god Ningirsu, the mighty warrior of Enlil, for the construction of the Eninnu Temple. Translation and notes included. covered with clear Sumerian cuneiform on all sides. 4.75 x 2.5 inches. Rare this nice in excellent condition. Left side. Right side. Back.

$2000.



VERY RARE MATCHING SET

12981. LARGE PAIR OF ETRUSCAN KANTHAROI, c. 4th cent. BC. Two thin walled black glazed kantharoi with carinated bottoms and arched strap handles attached to the flared lips. On high pedestal bases. Each 9.5 x 13 inches. Possible near invisible professional repair to one handle, otherwise excellent original intact condition with very light calcium deposits attesting authenticity. Very rare matching pair especially this large and almost never seen on the market. Provenance: Acquired from Harmer Rooke Galleries sale #073, lot 250 12/2/95 with tags (attributed there as Apulian, c. 320 BC). Reverse view.

$12,000.



12982. ELEGANT JAPANESE PORCELAIN VASE. Japan, early 20th century. 5.25 x 4 inches. Fine pale green celadon-like glaze painted with a leaping fish. Gold rim. Signed by the artist. Intact and in perfect original condition as made. Provenance: Acquired in the early 1960's in Japan by the current owner. Reverse view. Mark.

$200.



12983. JALISCO NUDE FEMALE. West Mexico, c. 300 AD. The figure standing with open arms and wearing only a high cap. 6 x 10 inches. Small chips to right toe and right ear, otherwise intact. Provenance: Acquired at a Harmer Rooke Galleries sale in the 1990's. Back view. Side view.

$800.



12984. BRONZE FIGURE OF THE LION-HEADED GOD MAAHES. Egypt, Late Period, c. 675-630 BC. The figure wearing the typical Pharaonic kilt and headdress and standing with arms at sides, left leg striding forward. Height 5.5 inches, 7 inches on custom marble stand. Intact with no repair or restoration and an excellent patina. Provenance: From a major US collector of ancient Egyptian art, with French Export Permit dated 12/01/2011. Judging from the very old style custom marble stand this piece is probably originally from a 19th or early 20th century collection. Left side. Right side. Back view.

$8000.



ORIGINAL ART GLASS BY ROBERT EICKHOLT

12986. BEAUTIFUL ART GLASS VASE. The vase of classic wide globular form with flat base and wide mouth, the whole covered with an exquisite subdued purple and green iridescence. A large pontil mark on base. Signed R. Eickholt, 1977. Height 7 inches x 6.5 inches diameter. Intact, in excellent original condition. Provenance: Purchased from the artist. Other side. Another view. Another view. Bottom view with signature.

Robert Eickholt is an early innovator in the American studio art glass movement. He created the Eickholt Glass Co. in 1978 to produce art glass pieces designed by him but produced by his company artisans. However this piece was created in 1977 prior to the establishment of his company, and as such is an original work by the artist's own hand and thus of considerably more value. Eickholt has recently announced his retirement from the business.

$400.



VERY RARE EARLY CHRISTIAN ALTAR WITH 3 INCISED CROSSES

12998. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 400-500 AD. The open altar of very hard fired clay with open rectangular front door to insert offerings or incense, and with three windows in the form of crosses on the other sides, incised decorations around. On a high base with ornamented knobbed top. 4.25 x 2 inches. Chips to base and top knobs but all original with no repair or restoration. A very rare and desirable early Christian artifact. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side. Other side. Front side.

$2400.



12999. CYPRIOT PILGRIM FLASK, c. 1200-900 BC. The double handled flask with concentric rings of red and black. 6.5 x 4.75 inches. Neck reattached but otherwise all original with no repair, restoration or repainting. much better paint preservation than usual especially on the front side. Provenance: Acquired from Harmer Rooke Galleries in the 1980's. Other side.

$350.



13000. HOLY LAND ALABASTER PYXIS. Ancient Near East, c. 1000 BC. The pyxis with broad flat base tapering to a moderately wide rim, the body decorated with incised zig zags and encircling rings, 4 small lug handles. 3.25 x 3.5 inches. Chip to rim but all original with no repair or restoration. A scarce type much rarer than pottery vessels. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$800.



MASTERFUL STYLE

13002. SCROLL PAINTING OF A SCHOLAR SAGE. Kano Yasunobu 狩野安信 (1613-1685). Japan, Edo Period, mid 17th century. Hanging scroll, ink on silk. Depicting a bearded scholar sage wearing robes and holding a fly whisk. The kanji signatures (1) reads 安信筆, Painted by Yasunobu, while (2) reads 狩野安信之筆 Painting of Kano Yasunobu (Note that the character for YASU is different). The painting 38 x 16 inches on a 68 x 19 inch scroll. The bottom roller weight partially detached from the scroll and with one wooden knob missing, otherwise generally excellent condition. Provenance: Acquired in Tokyo in the early 1960's by the current owner. Full view. Closer. Even closer. Artist's signature. Owner's signature.

$6000.



A POWERFUL REPRESENTATION

13003. SCROLL PAINTING OF THE BUDDHIST GUARDIAN ACALA. Japan, Meiji Period, late 19th century. Hanging scroll, ink on silk. Signed 久遠 (Kuon or Kudo) but I have not deciphered the stylized character used for the seal. Depicting the fanged blue guardian demon holding a sword erect in his right hand, a noose in his left hand and the golden lotus flower of enlightenment on the crown of his head. The painting 42 x 16 inches on a 74 x 21 inch scroll. Unfortunate damp stains but otherwise generally excellent condition. Signed Kuon/Kudo and sealed. Provenance: Acquired in Tokyo in the early 1960's by the current owner. Full view. Closer. Even closer. Artist's signature.

Acala (Sanskrit: "immovable") is a dharmapala primarily revered in Vajrayana Buddhism, particularly in Tangmi in Japan, China and elsewhere. He is classed among the Wisdom Kings and preeminent among the Five Wisdom Kings of the Womb Realm. Accordingly, his figure occupies an important hierarchical position in the pictorial diagramatic Mandala of the Two Realms. In Japan, Acala is revered in the Shingon Buddhism, Tendai, Zen, Nichiren Buddhism and in Shugendō. Descriptions of his physical appearance derive from such scriptural source as the Mahavairocana Tantra (大日経 Dainichikyō?) and its annotation. His face is expressive of extreme wrath, wrinkle-browed,left eye squinted or looking askance, lower teeth biting down the upper lip. He has the physique of a corpulent (round-bellied) child. He bears a sword in his right hand, and a lariat or noose (羂索 kensaku?) in his left hand. He is engulfed in flame, and seated on a huge rock base (盤石座 banjakuza?). Acala is said to be a powerful deity who protects all the living (衆生 shujō?) by burning away all impediments antarāya (障難 shōnan?) and defilements, thus aiding them towards enlightenment. shōnan In Japanese esoteric Buddhism, according to an arcane interpretive concept known as the three cakra bodies (三輪身 san rinjin?) Acala and the rest of the five wisdom kings are considered embodiments of the wheel of injunction (教令輪身 kyōryō tenshin?), or beings whose actions constitute the teaching of the law (the other embodiments teach by word, or merely by their manifest existence). Under this conceptualization, the wisdom kings are ranked superior to the dharmapala (護法善神 gohō zenshin?), a different class of guardian deities.

$2500.



BEAUTIFUL CARVING

13004. INDIAN SANDSTONE FRIEZE. Central India, c. 10th-11th century. The frieze depicting a noble man and wife, semi nude and draped with jewelry, above an alcove with 5 figures encouraging two sheep to butt heads, perhaps an allegory of marital conflict. Carved of beautiful honey colored fine grained sandstone. 19 x 21 x 7 inches. Losses, but otherwise generally excellent condition. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection. Full view. The alcove. The lady. Right side. Left side.

$4000.



13005. INDIAN BASALT FRIEZE. Central India, c. 10th-11th century. The frieze depicting three seated figures two of them carrying a jar and a bowl. semi nude and draped with jewelry, above an alcove with 5 figures encouraging two sheep to butt heads, perhaps an allegory of marital conflict. Carved of grey basalt. 17 x 16 x 6 inches. Complete in generally excellent condition. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection. Left side. Right side. Back view.

$3000.



A MASTERWORK OF FINE STONE CARVING

13006. INDIAN SANDSTONE FRIEZE. Central India, 20th century. The frieze depicting a large semi-nude dancing Shakti with two smaller dancing girls below. also semi nude and draped with jewelry, all beautifully carved in fine grained flesh colored sandstone. 48 x 15 x 10 inches. Upper arm broken (most pieces included), otherwise complete in excellent condition. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection. Full view right side. Top half. Full view front. Bottom half. Top half right side. Top half left side. Face close up. Back view. Back view close up.

$8000.



AN UNUSUAL FORM

13007. ROOSTER VESSEL. Mesopotamia, c. mid 1st millennium BC. The ceramic vessel in the form of a rooster, the face and comb in red slip over white body, a central filling hole with two strap handles, the beak opening into a small spout. 12 x `12 x 6 inches. Small hole in breast, chips to wattles and reattached at neck, otherwise complete in nice condition with all original paint. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection. Left side. Oblique back. Oblique front. Close up.

SOLD.



RARE MATCHING PAIR

13008. TWO GREEK ANTEFIXES. Greece, c. 3rd-2nd century BC. The hard fired ceramic antefixes with busts of Hermes wearing his winged hat, pairs of grain ears and spirals below. 6 x 10 x 7.5 inches. One top lug reattached, otherwise complete in excellent condition with no repair or restoration. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection. Left side. Right side. Backs. Bottoms.

SOLD.



VERY RARE AND BOLD ARTISTIC STYLE

13009. LARGE IBEX VESSEL. Central Asia, c. 2nd millennium BC. The large wide mouthed bowl painted with running ibexes, a lion and a horse among floral designs in black, orange and red, a running swastika design around the neck. Some abrasion, otherwise complete in generally fine condition with no repair or restoration. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection. 12" high x 14" diameter. Side B. Side C. Side D. Close up. Close up. Close up. Close up.

$12,000.



AN IMPRESSIVE DECORATIVE PIECE

13011. INDIAN LIMESTONE FRIEZE. Central India, c. 1000-1100 AD. The long frieze of fine grained limestone carved with two Buddhas meditating in alcoves, 4 nude men standing between, a dragon's head to left. 28 x 12.5 x 4.5 inches. Some chips to top but otherwise in excellent condition with no repair or restoration. Free standing. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection. Full view. Close up. Close up. Left side. Right side.

$4000.



12974. MAYAN GLYPH BOWL. 6th-8th century AD. 8 x 4 inches. Overall excellent condition with no repair or restoration. Provenance: The Dr. G. Smith collection. deaccessioned from the Museum of the Desert in New Mexico. Originally acquired from Joel Malter. Side B. Side C. Interior. Bottom.

$20,000.



VERY RARE SILVER ARTIFACT

12975. CHIMU SILVER JAGUAR PECTORAL. 900-1200 AD. 7.5 x 5.5 inches. The crescent shaped pectoral with two jaguars flanking a standing warrior with royal headdress holding two scepters . Worn as a sign of rank in life, after death this became an important element of a decorated royal mummy bundle. Two small tears and slight crimps but overall generally excellent condition with no repair or restoration. Professionally mounted on a composition backing. Provenance: The Dr. G. Smith collection. deaccessioned from the Museum of the Desert in New Mexico. Right Jaguar close up. Warrior close up. Left jaguar close up. Back view of mount.

$14,000.