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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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Toltec Relief Stone Male Figure

Pre-Columbian, southern Mexico, Toltec, ca. 900 to 1200 CE. A carved sandstone panel depicting a relief elite anthropomorphic figure wearing a huge headdress decorated with rounded bosses and a giant pectoral/necklace of multiple strands. The figure holds its large phallus with both hands and stares straight ahead with large, narrowed, oval eyes. At the bottom of the panel is a series of triangles, also with incised, round bosses. Size: 3.5" L x 10.2" W x 14.75" H (8.9 cm x 25.9 cm x 37.5 cm)The Toltec capital, Tula, was covered in stone relief panels similar to this one, as were architectural features at the Mayan city of Chichen Itza. These were ceremonial, with religious meanings that would have been immediately understandable to their original audience. Tula had a population of tens of thousands of people and the city was centered around a plaza bordered by a five-stepped pyramid, two other pyramids, and two ball courts. Looking at a panel like this one would have immediately told inhabitants of Tula who the buildings in their urban space honored. Who is the figure represented here? Probably a ruler or certainly an elite personage, who was likely associated with a deity to emphasize his power. Provenance: collection of the late Alfred E. Stendahl, Stendahl Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 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. #126373Read more

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  • 6d 20h
Low estimate
3 000 GBP

20th C. African Baga Carved Wooden Female Figure

Africa, Guinea, Baga, ca. early to mid 20th century CE. A tall standing female figure, carved from a beige-hued lightweight wood, likely representative of an ancestor. She has broad feet and attenuated limbs, a pleated skirt with incised vertical lines, twin segmented chest straps wrapped around rounded shoulders, and a layered neck. A small fetish charm hangs around her waist and one hand, comprised of a small shell, a metal key, and an oxidized nail bound together by thin leather strands, and is held in place by a twisted piece of string with several white adornment beads. The head, oversized in comparison to the rest of the body, has a petite mouth, triangular nose, semicircular ears, and large circular eyes; the brow line and one facial stripe are colored in chalky white kaolin, while the top of the head is shown in natural beige. A great example from the Baga culture of Guinea! Comes with custom display stand. Size: 16.375" H (41.6 cm); 17.25" H (43.8 cm) on included custom stand. Provenance: ex-Nick Poolos collection, Adeon Gallery, Chicago, Illinois, USA acquired before 1970 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. #126064Read more

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  • 6d 20h
Low estimate
370 GBP

Large Narino Pottery Seated Figural Vessel

Pre-Columbian, Colombia, Capuli cultural complex, ca. 850 to 1500 CE. An extremely large anthropomorphic effigy jar, the figure squatting on his legs, nude with delineated genitalia, holding a long club-like implement in the hands of his slender, angular arms, his head presenting a focussed countenance comprised of closed, coffee bean shaped eyes and mouth, a straight pointy nose, a long coiffure with a straight fringe of bangs, and stylized geometric tattoo motifs, the details rendered in black-on-red negative resist patterns. Size: 9" W x 18" H (22.9 cm x 45.7 cm)The Narino resided in the Andean highlands; however, according to scholar Armand Labbe, these peoples "did not develop in isolation, but were in contact with peoples to the north, south, east, and west, as indicated by items of trade found in highland tombs . . ." ((Labbe, "Colombia Before Columbus: The People, Culture, and Ceramic Art of Prehispanic Colombia." (1986) p. 133) This seated figural vessel brings to mind the figural urns created in the valley of the River Magdalena, where ancient rituals related to the preparation of the body of the deceased for its journey to the afterlife involved the practice of secondary burials in such vessels. According to the curatorial department of the Museo del Oro Banco de la Republica, "There are two different stages in the secondary burial funerary custom: first of all a primary burial takes place, where the corpse is buried for a certain period of time established in the ritual, and then after this, it is exhumed for burial once more in an urn, possibly amidst a great collective ceremony. Urns have been found in well tombs with side chamber, with certain local and regional variations. The chambers contain between three and seventy urns, each holding charred bone remains, large fractured bones, and fragments of skull. Each is accompanied by pots, bowls and goblets, most of which were made exclusively for the dead person, for they show no signs of having been used. Spindle whorls, rollers and axes have also been found."Scholars argue that the custom of creating burial urns is related to the association of bones with the afterlife. According to Armand Labbe's "Colombia Before Columbus," "There is a widespread belief among many Indians of both Middle and South America that bones are a form of seed, from which new life will spring. Recall the Mexican allegory of the personification of the dual lifeforce, Quetzalcoatl, descending to the underworld to retrieve the bones of mankind to resurrect them to a new life." Labbe continues, "Within the Colombian context, the act of placing bones in cylindrical, phalliform urns, and placing these in the womb-like shaft-and-chamber tomb within the Earth Mother, seems to be an enactment of such beliefs." (Labbe, "Colombia Before Columbus: The People, Culture, and Ceramic Art of Prehispanic Colombia." (1986) p. 116.) Provenance: private Vaught collection, Atlanta, Georgia 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. #124402Read more

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  • 6d 20h
Low estimate
3 700 GBP

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Roman Bronze Youth Holding Grapes, ex-Christie’s
Classical Antiquities. Rome, Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE. A solid bronze figure depicting a young boy, possibly the boy Bacchus, holding a cluster of grapes in his lowered/extended left hand, his right hand holding up the fabric of his tunic, which is filled with grapes, this act exposing his genitalia - suggestive of virility resulting from Dionysian-inspired revelry (as in 'be fruitful and multiply'). He stands upon short, plump legs, his left foot advanced, his head gently tipped to peer at his luscious cluster of grapes, his wavy hair curling at the nape of his neck with a prominent top knot over his forehead. A beautiful piece, in excellent condition, with rich green and russet patina, on a wood block stand. Size: 3.125" H (7.9 cm); 4.5" H (11.4 cm) on included custom stand. The ancient Romans were the first civilization to cultivate grape vines. Grapes and wine of course were associated with Bacchus (identified in ancient Greece as Dionysos or Dionysus) - the Olympian god of wine, pleasure, ritual madness, ecstasy, and theatre who was sometimes depicted as a bearded adult but alternatively depicted as a youth, with a smooth face. The cult of Bacchus was hugely popular, signifying the freedom created by wine, music, and ecstatic dance. Romans knew the power of partying! Provenance: private New York collection; ex-Christie’s New York, June 8, 2007, lot 166, Christie's noted Jerusalem Art Market, 1990s New York Collector acq. Jerusalem Art Market 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. #127751 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Luristan Bronze Bracelet or Fitting - Lion Terminals
**First Time At Auction**Ancient Near East, Luristan, ca. 1200 to 800 BCE. A lost wax cast bronze ring with terminals shaped like two lion heads whose noses touch. The lion heads have huge manes, snarling faces, and wide eyes. The rest of the ring is a heavy, smooth, curved cylinder. This may have been a bracelet for a large wrist or a ring for attaching items, perhaps one that hung from a saddle. In this culture, a relatively wealthy class of nomadic horse lords and ladies commissioned bronze items from artisans in urban centers. Many of these exquisitely made items ultimately came to grace the graves of elite warriors. Size: 4" W x 0.4" H (10.2 cm x 1 cm)The lion seems to have been a symbol of nobility or royalty, combining a fierce demeanor with a hunting prowess that was highly valued in this culture. This type of motif is present in many pieces of bronze from Luristan and elsewhere in the Near East and western Central Asia, but the individual details of the lion's faces are almost always different - suggesting that many different workshops were creating pieces with this iconography. Provenance: private New Jersey USA collection, acquired over twenty years ago 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. #121620 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Chinese Ming Dynasty Green Glazed Tomb Attendant
China, Ming Dynasty, ca. 1368 to 1644 CE. This is a small glazed, molded ceramic figure of a man wearing a green robe and a fez-like hat. One of his arms is curled up and touching his face, wrapped in his cloak. Figures ranging in size from lifelike to miniature were placed in Chinese tombs for decades. In one undisturbed Ming Dynasty prince's tomb, archaeologists found an array of small figures like this one placed as if in ceremonial procession; the dead man's books, paintings, clothing, and other personal affects were also present. Size: 1.75" L x 3" W x 8" H (4.4 cm x 7.6 cm x 20.3 cm) Provenance: 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. #111117 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Japanese Meiji Period Boxwood Netsuke - Monkey
East Asia, Japan, late Meiji Period, ca. early 20th century CE. A lovely coffee-hued boxwood netsuke depicting a seated monkey with crossed arms resting upon crossed and curled up legs. The face displays a triangular slit nose, almond-shaped black glass eyes, curved ears, and a hairy brow line. A sinuous tail runs up the back. The base has feet that are highly-stylized with detailed toes and digits, two drilled perforation holes, and a white disc with an incised red-character signature. Size: 2" H (5.1 cm). Provenance: ex-New Orleans, Louisiana, USA estate collection, purportedly collected prior to 1920 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. #128509 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Mexican Peter and Paul Medal ca. 1800 - Ex Historia
**First Time At Auction**Mexico, ca. 1800 CE. Small religious medal showing St. Peter on one side, St. Paul on the other. Rare! Size: 1" H (2.5 cm) Provenance: Ex-Historia Gallery, Santa Monica, 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. #109122 Artemis Gallery LIVE
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