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Artemis Gallery Live specialises in antiques, ancient and ethnographic art and they only sell authentic examples. All artefacts offered for sale are guaranteed ancient and authentic, and have been legally acquired and are legal to sell. The offer easy registration and accurate auction descriptions with professional photos for their online auctions.

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Moche Stirrup Vessel in Form of Seated Warrior

Pre-Columbian, north coast of Peru, Moche V, ca. 600 to 800 CE. A figural stirrup vessel in the form of a jaguar-headdressed warrior. The warrior is seated, a huge mace held laterally across his body; he wears a skirt decorated with white dots and a white tunic with a collar. Atop his head is a fierce headdress with a tumi shape and a jaguar's face, probably implying that the warrior it was modeled from wore the real head of a jaguar. The figure also has enormous round earrings and bracelets. The stirrup handle projects from the back of the figure and the tall, cylindrical spout rises high above his head. His face is expressive, with large eyes and a determined, tight-lipped look on his face. Size: 6.5" L x 5.2" W x 8.8" H (16.5 cm x 13.2 cm x 22.4 cm)Warfare and warriors are recurrent themes in Moche art, a strong testimony to the violence of Moche society, which was riven by intense inter-rivalry competition. There was a ritual element to Moche warfare too: prisoners had to be captured to make sacrifices to the gods. This figure seems to be a lord rather than an ordinary warrior, as the latter are usually depicted wearing conical helmets. Provenance: private Baker collection, New Mexico, USA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #124654Read more

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  • 6d 11h
Low estimate
830 GBP

19th C. Mexican Wood Santo - Immaculate Conception

New World, Spanish Colonial, Mexico, ca. 19th century CE. A pensive wooden santo of the Virgin Mary in a prayerful posture, standing atop a cloud with cherubim and a crescent moon. The figure combines the idea of her in glory, worshipped by angels, with the symbolism of the crescent moon. Size: 6" L x 6" W x 17.5" H (15.2 cm x 15.2 cm x 44.4 cm)Mary wears a cream-colored dress with gold ornamentation and a blue and red cloak. She has a gold-painted tin crown and stands on a tiered, rounded pedestal. A worshipper has placed a cross on a silver chain around her neck.Santos played an important role in bringing the Catholic Church to the New World with the Spanish colonists. These religious figures were hand-carved and often furnished with crowns, jewels, and other accessories, usually funded by religious devotees, and were used as icons to explain the major figures - Mary, Christ, and the saints - to new, indigenous converts. Likewise, they served as a connection to the Old World for Spanish colonists far from home. They became a folk art tradition in the Spanish New World, from modern day Guatemala to as far north as New Mexico and Colorado. Many of them were lovingly cared for over the years, with repairs and paint added as they aged, and played an active part for a long time in the religious life of their communities. Provenance: Ex-Francis & Lilly Robicsek Collection, Charlotte, NC All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #120446Read more

  • USAUSA
  • 6d 11h
Low estimate
910 GBP

Ancient Proto-Viking White Bronze Spoon - Animal Head

Eastern Europe/Central Asia, Russia, Perm region, Perm Animal Style (Permian Animal Style) (Proto-Viking), ca. 8th to 9th centuries CE. A short-handled white bronze (a copper alloy with a high percentage of tin) spoon with an oval scoop and rectangular curved handle. At the end of the handle is a large punched-out oval, presumably for hanging up the spoon in a house or hanging it off a belt when traveling. The handle is decorated with an animal's head - probably a fox or wolf, but maybe a bear. The head is depicted from the front, confronting the viewer, with ears, eyes, and nose emphasized. Twisted grooves, like a rope design, run down either side of the handle. The back of the spoon has a slight vertical indentation. Size: 1.25" W x 3.4" H (3.2 cm x 8.6 cm)This piece looks very similar to several found in a particular burial complex/cemetery near the village of Pleso; they also look much like some found on the bank of the river More-yu in the tundra at a location known as a "sacred place". The similarities between all these artifacts may indicate that they were made by a single workshop. The spoon is a fascinating cultural object, often a prized personal item at a time when the average person owned very little; spoons made of precious metal were so highly valued that they were often listed in inventories of royal or noble households. The animal decoration perhaps had personal significance to this spoon's owner. There are clear signs of use - with the wear to the handle - but the item was probably ultimately buried with its final owner. Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #125245Read more

  • USAUSA
  • 6d 11h
Low estimate
300 GBP

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Persian Bronze Bowl w/ Eagle Etching in Center
Ancient Near East, Achaemenid Persian Empire, ca. 550 to 330 BCE. A wonderful small round bowl with thin sides, a flat base, and no rim or foot. On the interior is an etching of an eagle with one leg striding forward. This bowl would have been used in a funerary context, perhaps to hold offerings or libations. The eagle, a symbol of royalty, suggests that this would have been a high status grave. Size: 6.45" W x 2" H (16.4 cm x 5.1 cm) Provenance: Ex-Private Orange County, CA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #118251 Artemis Gallery LIVE
19th C. Large Burmese Gilt Wood Meditation Buddha
Southeast Asia, Burma (modern day Myanmar), ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. A stunning gold gilded Buddha who sits with his hands in the Bhumisparsha or Earth touching mudra upon a pedestal most likely once inscribed with written prayers now showing a lovely patina and the remains of silver gilt, blue, and red pigments. The Bhumisparsha mudra is delineated with his right hand over the right knee reaching towards the ground and palm facing inward. His left hand lies in his lap with the palm upright. This mudra represents the moment of his awakening, as he defeated the demon Mara, and claimed the earth as his witness to his enlightenment. His face reveals wonderful attention to details, particularly the flame-like ushnisha, tightly delineated curls of hair, characteristically elongated earlobes signifiying wisdom and compassion as Buddha can hear all the cries of suffering throughout the world (another interpretation of this feature stems from his noble origin when Gautama's ears were stretched by the opulent ear ornaments he wore prior to denouncing his materialistic wealth), his tranquil close-eyed expression, and long sashed robes. Much original gilding is still evident on the Buddha and his pedestal. Simply stunning! Size: 9.375" W x 19" H (23.8 cm x 48.3 cm); 10.75" W x 22" H (27.3 cm x 55.9 cm) with stand Provenance: Ex-Private Boulder, CO collection acquired at Indochine Gallery All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #117809 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Orchid Island Wooden Canoe, Yami People
Orchid Island, Fomosa (present day Taiwan), Ca 1950. Carved wooden canoe in miniature form, with nicely decorated sides. 10-1/2" L x 5" H. Lucite stand. Wonderful decorative accent! Artemis Gallery LIVE
5 Guerrero Mezcala Greenstone Ear Spools
Pre-Columbian, Guerrero, Mexico, Mezcala culture, ca. 500 BCE to 500 CE. This is a collection of three greenstone ear spools/plugs, all with a flared flat trumpet shape. Only the most elite personages in Mesoamerican society were able to wear ear spools made of jadeite. Ancient Mesoamericans believed that ears were the conduits for spiritual energy, and so ear ornaments like this one took on significant meaning. Some scholars have argued that the stretching of earlobes -- done progressively through spool sizes to limit tearing and pain -- may have been a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood; ear spools may also have been thought of as an extension of the ear. Size: 2" W x 1" H (5.1 cm x 2.5 cm) Provenance: Ex - Private W. S. collection, Los Angeles, Ca All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #114284 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Large/Gorgeous Roman Glass Vessel
Rome, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. In a word, gorgeous, for its fabulous form, beautiful translucency and green hues, not to mention its superb condition. This vessel presents a near-spherical body with a dimpled bottom showing a nice broken pontil, this globular form leading to an elegantly flared neck that resolves to a thick rolled rim. A lovely example of free-blown ancient glass! Size: 5.25" in diameter x 6.125" H (13.3 cm x 15.6 cm)Glass blowing was invented in the Roman Empire around the end of the first century CE and revolutionized Roman household life. Suddenly glass was easy to produce, and Roman households rapidly replaced pottery with delicate, translucent glass. A vessel such as this one may have been used to hold olive oil, which the Romans used for everything -- cooking, lighting lamps, and personal hygiene. It has survived the intervening centuries nearly intact and is a beautiful reminder of the Roman past. Provenance: Ex-Henry & Gretchen Burnett Collection, Santa Barbara, CA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #120042 Artemis Gallery LIVE
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