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THE EMERITUS COLLECTION: Recently listed featuring several thousand Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Egyptian Holy Land, and other Near Eastern pieces, the property of a University Vice President.

We also have two exceptional large Greek marble statues (a fine 22 inch Hellenistic nude youth, and a 21 inch 4th century BC seated robed man), both the property of a European gentleman, and both with export permits. Interested parties may contact us at Edgar@EdgarLOwen.com for details.

FINE ANCIENT & WORLD ART

AN IMPRESSIVE EXAMPLE

12978. FINE TONG DYNASTY EARTH SPIRIT. China, c. 8th-9th century AD. 10 x 14 inches. One flame reattached otherwise in excellent original condition with most of the original paint remaining. Light earth patina. Provenance: The H. Gene Blocker collection. A professor and author, Dr. Blocker lived and taught in the UK, West Africa, Hong Kong, China and Japan over many years where he also acquired a large collection of Asian art. Left side. Right side. Back.

$6000.



AN IMPOSING EXAMPLE

12977. LARGE TONG DYNASTY BACTRIAN CAMEL. China, c. 8th-9th century AD. 16 x 17 x 5.5 inches. All intact in excellent original condition with considerable orange and white pigment. Light earth patina. Provenance: The H. Gene Blocker collection. A professor and author, Dr. Blocker lived and taught in the UK, West Africa, Hong Kong, China and Japan over many years where he also acquired a large collection of Asian art. Left side. Right side.

$4000.



PROUD ANIMATED POSE

12976. HAN DYNASTY HORSE. China, 207 BC - 220 AD. 11 x 12 x 4 inches. The horse with head raised to the side and ears perked with mouth open letting out a whinny. The two lower hind legs reattached, otherwise in excellent condition with no repair or restoration. Light earth patina. Provenance: The H. Gene Blocker collection. A professor and author, Dr. Blocker lived and taught in the UK, West Africa, Hong Kong, China and Japan over many years where he also acquired a large collection of Asian art. Other side.

$2800.



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. 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.



12985. MING BLACK GLAZED VASE. China, Ming Dynasty, 1368 - 1644 AD. The vase of pale buff fabric with heavy dark blue black glaze. Height 9.5 inches x 8.5 inches diameter. Intact, in excellent condition with no repair or restoration and an excellent shiny glaze. Provenance: From the collection of a New York City entertainer, acquired in the 1980's. Other side. Bottom view.

$600.



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. Eirkladt?, 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.

$800.



12987. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 3000 BC. Wide sharply out turned rim, 2 lug handles on small ring base. Beautiful burnished red-orange glaze. 8 x 8 inches. Excellent condition with no repair or restoration. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$800.



12988. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 1500 BC. Sizable buff ware carinated jar with white slip and brown spirals on the shoulder. Two wide strap handles and wide slightly out turned base. 10 x 9 inches. Excellent condition with no repair or restoration. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$2400.



12989. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 3000 BC. Wide sharply out turned rim, 2 lug handles on small ring base. Red-orange glaze. 9 x 9.5 inches. Fine condition with no repair or restoration. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$800.



A RARE EXTRA LARGE CUP-LIKE FORM

12990. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 1500 BC. Extra large cup-like pot with out turned rim, a single large handle and wide ring base. White slip with remains of reddish bands around the body. 6 x 7.25 inches. Some restoration to rim. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$800.



12991. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 2500 BC. Globular form with wide rim, 2 small ring handles and flat base. White slip with red swirl designs. 8.5 x 8 inches. Excellent condition with no repair or restoration. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$1400.



UNUSUAL EARLY BURNISHED BLACK GLAZE

12992. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 3000 BC. Small shallow bowl with slightly out turned rim, buff orange fabric distinguished by a highly burnished shiny black glaze over the interior and exterior of the body. 2 x 4.25 inches. A very rare type. Fine condition with no repair or restoration. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side. Bottom view.

SOLD.



12993. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 1500 BC. Small hemispherical bowl with small ring base, burnished orange slip over the interior and exterior of the body. 5 x 2.5 inches. Fine condition with no repair or restoration. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$200.



UNUSUAL SUNBURST BOWL

12994. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 2500-3000 BC. Small hemispherical bowl with deep red-orange sunburst pattern painted on the interior. 4 x 2 inches. Fine condition with no repair or restoration and vibrant color. A rare type. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$1200.



UNUSUAL EARLY FORM

12995. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 2000-2500 BC. Piriform vessel with top handle bridging rim ornamented with two serrated linear bands. 6.5 x 4 inches. Fine condition with no repair or restoration. A rare type. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$800.



UNUSUAL EARLY FORM

12996. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 2000-2500 BC. Piriform vessel with top handle bridging rim and upward spout on the side. 7 x 5 inches. Fine condition with no repair or restoration. A rare type. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

$800.



12997. HOLY LAND POTTERY. Ancient Near East, c. 1000-500 BC. Small burnished amphoriskos with single side handle, and two small vertical lug handles. 4.25 x 2 inches. Fine condition with no repair or restoration. A rare type. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection, acquired from the European market and inspected and passed through US customs. Other side.

SOLD.



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.

$400.



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.

$1400.



13001. LANTERN ON THE OLD WOOD BARN. by Robert Sarsony. American (1938-). Lithograph, print number 40 of 100. Signed and numbered in pencil by the artist. The print 20 x 30 inches on 26 x 35 inch heavy acid free paper, Generally excellent condition. Provenance: Purchased at an upscale estate sale in the 1990's. Signature. Print number.

Robert Sarsony is a well known American artist and lithographer currently residing in North Carolina. He began exhibiting in local shows in New Jersey in 1963. The following year he made his New York debut in a group show at Allied Artists. From 1969 until about 1974 he did a series of paintings based on book and magazine illustrations - "Pop antiques," he calls them - from the 1920's through the 1940's. Subjects ranged from silent movie photographs and pictures of important historical events to reproductions taken from period children's books. In the corners of his canvases Sarsony often paints small images copied from cards found in cigarette packages and cereal boxes during the first half of this century. In doing so he follows in the steps of the nineteenth-century trompe l'oeil artists who depicted visiting cards that looked as though they were tucked under the edges of their paintings' frames. More recently Sarsony has portrayed figure and landscape subjects with an attention to light effects that gives his canvases an impressionistic air. More information is available at RobertSarsony.com.

$400.



MASTERFUL STYLE

13002. SCROLL PAINTING OF A SCHOLAR SAGE. Kano Yasunobu (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 狩野泰信之筆 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 UNGYO. 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, Buddhist prayer beads 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.

Naraen Kongō (那羅延金剛), also called Ungyō (吽形?, "um"-form, general term closed-mouthed statues in aum pair) in Japanese, is depicted either bare-handed or wielding a sword. He symbolizes latent strength, holding his mouth tightly shut. His mouth is rendered to form the sound "hūṃ" or "Un", leading to his alternate name "Ungyō".

Niō (仁王) or Kongōrikishi (金剛力士) are two wrath-filled and muscular guardians of the Buddha standing today at the entrance of many Buddhist temples in East Asian Buddhism in the form of frightening wrestler-like statues. They are dharmapala manifestations of the bodhisattva Vajrapāṇi, the oldest and most powerful of the Mahayana Buddhist pantheon. According to Japanese tradition, they travelled with Gautama Buddha to protect him and there are references to this in the Pāli Canon as well as the Ambaṭṭha Sutta. Within the generally pacifist tradition of Buddhism, stories of dharmapalas justified the use of physical force to protect cherished values and beliefs against evil.

$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.

$4000.



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.

$14,000.



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.

$1200.



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.

$4000.



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. Side B. Side C. Side D. Close up. Close up. Close up. Close up.

$8000.



VERY RARE RELIGIOUS ARTIFACT

13010. NABATEAN LIMESTONE ALTAR. Nabatea, South Arabian peninsula, c. 500 BC. The substantial stone altar carved from fine grained limestone with a square central receptical, stepped sides, and finely carved designs on the front. Some abrasion, otherwise complete in generally fine condition with no repair or restoration. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection. Close up. Left side. Right side. Back right. Back left.

$8000.



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.

$6000.



LIFE SIZE AND VERY SUBSTANTIAL

13012. VICTORIAN TERRACOTTA BUST OF FLORA. France or England, mid 19th century. 21 x 27 x 14 inches. Small hole to back of head and a few flakes but otherwise in excellent condition with no repair or restoration. Free standing. Provenance: An extensive North Eastern collection. Full view. Left oblique view. Left side. Back view.

$14,000.



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.



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