Greek, Geometric Bronze Bull, 1st Century BCE. 1 1/2" x 3" x 1". Ex: B. Rhodes collection, FLorida. The roots of Classical Greece lie in the Geometric period of about ca. 900 to 700 B.C., a time of dramatic transformation that led to the establishment of primary Greek institutions. The Greek city-state (polis) was formed, the Greek alphabet was developed, and new opportunities for trade and colonization were realized in cities founded along the coast of Asia Minor, in southern Italy, and in... Click for details
Cypriot Zoomorphic Pottery Head of a Bull, Late Cypriot II (1450 - 1200 BCE) 2 1/2" x 1 3/4" x 1 1/2", on custom stand 5" high. Fragment of a handle, or attachment. Ex: S. Beiner collection, Florida. The pottery of ancient Cyprus starts during the Neolithic period. Throughout the ages, Cypriot ceramics demonstrate many connections with cultures from around the Mediterranean. During the Early and Middle Bronze Ages, it is especially imaginative in shape and decoration.
Cypriot Pottery Trefoil Oinochoe with geometric shpaes and ancient Sanskrit Swastika symbol meaning "well-being." Additional stylized figure of a bird and a stick figure of a human. ca. 750 - 475 BCE. In excellent condition. 5" x 4" x 4". According to BBC news, In the ancient Indian language of Sanskrit, swastika means "well-being". The symbol has been used by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains for millennia and is commonly assumed to be an Indian sign. Early Western travellers to Asia were inspired by... Click for details
Hellenistic Terracotta Vessel in form of a Duck, ca. 4th - 2nd Century BCE. Spouted mold made vessel with intricate features and feathers. Intact and in excellent condition. 4 1/4" x 6" x 2 1/2". Ex: M. Megiddon collection, Tel Aviv. According to the International Scientific Meetings on Hellenistic Pottery / Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the production of clay vessels and other utensils used in everyday life, not only constitutes a large chapter of the activity of Hellenistic times but... Click for details
From the collection of Teddy Kollek, First Mayor of a Unified Jerusalem, Italo Crointhian Terracotta Swan Vase, ca. 6th Century BCE. Intact and in excellent condition. 3" x 1 3/4 x 3 1/4". Vase in form of swan with plumb body on splayed feet. Opening in lower back with feather incised through the brown glaze with added pigment. Cf: Christie's New York, June 14, 1993 Lot 46. According to the Archaeological Museum of Bologna, From the VIII century BCE, Corinth became one of the most active centers... Click for details
Relics of the Nile is pleased to present this detailed ancient Greek bronze coin. The coin features the a choice patina with the head of an emperor on the obverse. The reverse of the coin features a standing figure flanked with Greek text on either side. This is a lovely example that measures 3/4" in diameter. Ex-McInnis Collection.
Relics of the Nile is pleased to present this interesting example of an ancient Greek bronze arrowhead. This arrowhead was manufactured by one of the Greek states ca. 600 - 200 B.C. This arrowhead is of the trilobite type and remains intact with lovely patina. The blade measures 27mm in length. Ca. 600 - 200 B.C. Ex-McInnis collection.
Pottery Rattle, Hellenistic Period ca. 330 - 63 BCE, found in the Holy Land. Cylindrical shape with flaring ends with pottery ball bearing inside for rattle. 3 1/2" long and in excellent condition. Among the first gifts that a child received were games and small objects that were hung from the neck as amulets. Rattles (shakers), crotala (platages), piggy-banks in the shape of a pig, etc were all included in these first games.
Cypriot, Cypro-Archaic I Trefoil Zoomorphic Oinochoe, ca. 750 - 600 BCE. Small wine jug with ring around neck and circular eyes painted on either side of trefoil mouth. Intact and in excellent condition. 4 3/4" high. According to the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, a stele found at Kition reports the submission of the Cypriot kings to Assyria in 709 B.C. Under Assyrian domination, the kingdoms of Cyprus flourished and Cypriot kings enjoyed some independence as long as they regularly paid... Click for details
Small Apulian Pottery Kantharos, circa 4th Century BCE. Wide mouth and high twin stap handles. Decorated with black bands and four foliate motifs on shoulder. Sits on flared black foot. 4 1/2" high. Professional restoration to rim and handles but in excellent condition. Ex: Christie's South Kensington. Apulia is one of the richest archaeological regions in Italy. It was first settled by Illyric peoples, the best-known of whom were the Messapii. Mycenaean Greeks then colonized the area. In the... Click for details