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Cyrenaica, Ancient Greece (BC 631-525), miniature coin

Cyrenaica, Ancient Greece (BC 631-525), miniature coin trihemiobol (?), 1.12g, with silphium plant;Weight: 1.12 g;Diameter: 7-9 mm;Greek cities:During the Ramesside period (thirteenth century BC), the Libu and the Meshwesh were tribes of the area of Cyrenaica which are mentioned in Egyptian records as making frequent incursions into the New Kingdom of Egypt.Cyrenaica was colonized by the Greeks beginning in the 7th century B.C. The first and most important colony was that of Cyrene, established in about 631 BCE by colonists from the Greek island of Thera. They had left their island because of a severe famine. Their commander Aristoteles took the Libyan name Battos. His dynasty, the Battaid, persisted in spite of heavy resistance by the Greeks in neighboring cities.The east of the province was called Marmarica (no major city), but the important part was in the west, comprising five cities, hence known as the Pentapolis: Cyrene (near the modern village of Shahat) with its port of Apollonia (Marsa Susa), Arsinoe or Taucheira (Tocra), Euesperides or Berenice (near modern Benghazi), Balagrae (Bayda) and Barce (Marj) – of which the chief was the eponymous Cyrene. The term "Pentapolis" continued to be used as a synonym for Cyrenaica. In the south the Pentapolis faded into the Saharan tribal areas, including the pharaonic oracle of Ammonium.The region produced barley, wheat, olive oil, wine, figs, apples, wool, sheep, cattle, and silphium, an herb that grew only in Cyrenaica and was regarded as a medicinal cure and aphrodisiac. Cyrene became one of the greatest intellectual and artistic centers of the Greek world, famous for its medical school, learned academies, and architecture, which included some of the finest examples of the Hellenistic style. The Cyrenaics, a school of thinkers who expounded a doctrine of moral cheerfulness that defined happiness as the sum of human pleasures, were founded by Aristippus of Cyrene[17] Other notable natives of Cyrene were the poet Callimachus and the mathematicians Theodorus and Eratosthenes.[16]In 525 BCE, after taking Egypt, the Persians took the Pentapolis. They were followed by Alexander the Great in 332 BCE, who received tribute from these cities after he took Egypt.[14] The Pentapolis was formally annexed by Ptolemy I Soter and it passed to the diadoch dynasty of the Lagids, better known as the Ptolemaic dynasty. It briefly gained independence under Magas of Cyrene, stepson of Ptolemy I, but was reabsorbed into the Ptolemaic empire after his death. It was separated from the main kingdom by Ptolemy VIII and given to his son Ptolemy Apion, who, dying without heirs in 96 BCE, bequeathed it to the Roman Republic.Read more

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1 600 GBP

Persian Middle Eastern bronze mirror, 900-1100 AD

Genuine Islamic Persian Middle Eastern bronze mirror, circa 900-1100 AD.Mirror surface is flat.The reverse surface is also flat with 4 concentric bands of different meander ornaments. Small knob is complete; Condition: mostly reddish patina with green islands. The item is in fine condition 100% authentic no restoration.Diameter: 7.4 cm = 74 mm;Weight: 53.94 g;Origin: Afghanistan.You'll get the same item as it is showing in the photos.Persian EmpireThe Persian Empire is any of a series of imperial dynasties centered in Persia with boundaries that fluctuated around that core, extending far into regions that would later become Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Azerbaijan. The first of these was established by Cyrus The Great over 2,500 years ago, in 550 BC, but the existence of dynastic rule centered in the region was absent after a series of foreign invasions, starting by Arab conquest of Persia and later Mongol Invasion, for an 850 year period from 651 AD until 1501 AD. The main religion was Zoroastrianism, founded by Zarathushtra or so called by the Medes Zoroaster. The Persian Empire also had an elite guard for the shah called the immortal.Dynasties that have been counted as instances of the Persian Empire include:•Achaemenid Empire (550–330 BC), also called "First Persian Empire"•Parthian Empire (247 BC–224 AD, also called "Arsacid Empire"•Sasanian Empire (224–651 AD), also called "Neo-Persian Empire" and "Second Persian Empire"•History of Persia under: oSafavid dynasty (1501–1736 AD)oAfsharid dynasty (1736–1796 AD)oZand dynasty (1750–1794 AD)oQajar dynasty (1785–1925 AD)oPahlavi dynasty (1925–1979 AD)Read more

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Low estimate
790 GBP

Chinese porcelain fish bowl, Qianlong 1711-1799 mark

Chinese Masterpiece, Famille Rose, porcelain fish bowl, Qianlong Emperor Period Made Mark. Magnificent fish bowl, on a matching wooden stand, with a lot of hand-painted decorations. Mark: Da Qing Qianlong Nian Zhi "Great Qing Qianlong Period Made": 25 September 1711 7 February 1799. The style of writing of Qing reign marks varies, but can be separated into two broad divisions within which there are further sub-divisions. In the first division written in 'kai-shu' (regular or modern script), the mark consists of six characters written in two columns of three characters. It is read from right to left and in descending order. The first character reads 'da' (great), followed by 'qing' (pure), the official name of the alien Manchu dynasty. This is followed by the two characters giving the reign title of the ruling emperor. The fifth character reads 'nian' (year) and the final character reads 'zhi' (made/manufactured). Composition outside: Highly embellished and decorated Famille Rose fish bowl. First composition: Emperor Palace with Emperor Family and nobility. Second composition: Ceremonial greeting in Emperor Palace of Emperor Family and nobility. Two garden scenes between two compositions, with two birds, butterflies and flowers. Painting inside: depicts 5 golden fish, swimming between sea grasses. The two gold fish are usually shown head to head and represent fertility as fish produce many offspring. They are one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols of Buddhism. The Chinese words for goldfish are identical with the two words meaning "Gold and Abundance" therefore many Chinese keep goldfish at their homes or in ponds in temple gardens. Fish in Chinese sounds like the word for "Abundance and Affluence" so the fish symbolizes wealth. Fish shown with a lotus blossom symbolize "Year after Year may you live in Affluence". Dimensions: Upper Diameter opening: 14.5 inches = 36.2 cm; Lower base diameter: 9.6 inches = 24 cm; Height: 12.8 inches = 32 cm; Height of the bowl on the stand: 20 inches = 50 cm; Weight: 18 lb. = 8.1 kg; Authenticity report: There are a lot of details, which support the age of Qianlong Emperor (1711 -1799): 1) A red six characters, hand-painted with thin brush (lines have different intensity) say that this vase was produced during the rule of Qianlong Emperor. 2) Light colors (white, pink, yellow) have a lot of natural crackles. 3) Generally the colors are somewhat dull, which reflects the influence of the age. 4) There is a strong aura of old antique masterpiece, which is irresistable. Provenance: Originally the Famille Rose porcelain fish bowl was a part the collection (1950-1970) of old antique dealer in New York, who passed away about 40 years ago. Approximately 35 years ago the whole collection was brought to Florida by his successor, where Eternity Gallery purchased the bowl. References: 1) Masterpieces from the collection of the Shanghai Museum. Exhibition Sovereign Splendour in Gemeentemuseum The Hague. http://www.flickr.com/photos/54576605@N00/5703078546/ Condition Overall very good condition. Natural wear of the rim of the base. Generally the colors are somewhat dull, which reflects the influence of the age. Low Estimate: 10000 High Estimate: 50000Read more

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3 900 GBP

Renaissance portrait of Girolamo, 1474-1555, Italy

Evaluation by professor from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida, Associate Professor, Renaissance Art History, Cornell University Dr. Helena Szepe, PhD : Genuine portrait of Girolamo dai Libri from 1500's (16th century). Renaissance portrait of Girolamo dai Libri, 1474-1555, artist from Verona, Italy. Oil painting on the wooden board in oval carved wooden frame. At the back of the icon on the top same message is written in Latin:HIERONIMUS A LIBRIS PICT. MINATOR VER. At the back of the icon on the bottom is written:..no...libri tribu Veronese. Size of the icon without frame: 9 x 6.5 inches = 228 x 166 mm. Thickness of the board without frame: 6 mm; Weight of the icon without frame: 6 oz = 180 g; Weight of the icon with a frame: 1 lb 4 oz = 600 g; In the lower part of the painting it is written: "Hieronimus a Libris Pict. Minator Ver.",- that translated from Latin means: "Girolamo Dai Libri Painter Illuminator from Verona". Yes, Girolamo was a great painter and illustrator of illuminated books. In the back, it is written the same thing in the higher part; the reading of the lower part is difficult, because partly washed away, but it seems that somebody has repeated the previous capital inscription in italic type: "mani" - is probably the final part of word (Hiero)nimi Libri ... Veronese (that means from the town of Verona). The half word "tribu" is hard to understand because not complete. Yes, Hieronimus is the Latin name for Girolamo. Condition cleaned and covered with varnish/lacquer. Back of the icon is planed (shaved) manually. Low Estimate: 100000; High Estimate: 200000; Original: Yes;Read more

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Low estimate
78 800 GBP

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