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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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Egyptian Predynastic Black-Topped Jar, ex-Parke-Bernet

Ancient Egypt, Predynastic Period, Naqada II, ca. 3650 to 3300 BCE. A lovely pottery vessel with a highly-burnished, russet-hued surface made with a thin iron-oxide slip. The coil-formed Nile silt vessel has a short ovoid body with a miniscule base, bulbous walls which gradually taper to a thin rim, and a deep interior cavity. The black-hued area surrounding the rim is comprised of thick carbon deposits formed by subjecting the top to dense clouds of smoke for extended periods of time in an oxygen-deprived environment. Black-top vessels originally rose to popularity during the early Naqada I, a culture which inhabited ancient Egypt during its predynastic period. The Naqada were first described by famed archaeologist William Flinders Petrie; however, relatively little is known about them except that they were focused around the site of El-Amra in central Egypt, west of the Nile river. Lucite display stand for photography purposes only. Size: 3.2" W x 4.75" H (8.1 cm x 12.1 cm). Pre-Dynastic Egyptian black-top vessels were traditionally made from silt deposits taken from the Nile river due to their abundance in iron and silica. After the pot had dried but before it was fired, it would first be burnished and rubbed smooth with a small stone to create the pinstripe vertical striations still visible today. An iron-rich slip would then be applied just before firing; when placed in an oxygen-rich environment, the elevated temperatures would create the vessel’s signature red-orange hue. After the end of the Naqada III period around 3,000 BCE, the use of Nile silt in pottery creations fell out of favor with the Pre-Dynastic Egyptians. This is due to the increase in popularity of marl clay, a newly-discovered material for creating terracotta objects which was easier to shape and enabled firing at far greater temperatures than the highly-porous silt. For a larger, stylistically-similar example, please see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 36.1.4: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/547291 Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, New York, USA; ex-private Gieringer collection, sold at Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, USA (January 28-29, 1959, lot 91), acquired by Dr. Richard LeBaron Bowen, Jr., Providence, Rhode Island, USA (1919-2013), thence by descent 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. #139001Read more

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3 800 GBP

Impressive Persian Achaemenid Bronze Shield Boss

Ancient Near East, Achaemenid Persian Empire, ca. 500 to 330 BCE, probably later in the period. A large shield boss, also known as an umbo, made of hammered and stamped bronze, with remains of gilding on the surface and repeated motifs of triangles, lines, and lightning bolt shapes. These motifs ring around a raised, nipple-like projection at the center. Eight drilled holes around the edge allowed attachment via rivets to the larger part of a shield. This item was made to be part of a violin-shield, a double-gripped style of shield known from Persepolis. The shield was oval, with circular cut outs from the side that gave it the appearance of a violin, with a central metal boss. According to Herodotus, it was carried by an elite infantry unit known as the Persian Immortals. Size: 10.75" W (27.3 cm) Herodotus wrote that the Immortals were so called because, even if one fell in battle, he was immediately replaced by another, keeping the group of 10,000 soldiers at a constant strength. These same guards may be the ones known as the "Susian Guards," depicted in the Palace of Darius I in Susa. A similar shield with boss is known from the Oxus Treasure, dated to the Achaemenid period and found in modern Tajikistan. Provenance: private Houston, Texas, USA collection; ex-Gerhard Hirsch Nachfolger Auction 277-280 - Ancient Objects, Coins, and Medals (February 8-11, 2012, lot 938); ex-private German 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. #132855Read more

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Low estimate
3 100 GBP

Published Roman Glass Jar w/ Added Blue-Green Dots

Roman, late Imperial Period, ca. 4th century CE. A fabulous free-blown transparent glass vessel of a pale-green, near-colorless appearance with a concave base and a smooth pontil scar, a spherical body with a pronounced kick at the bottom, a collared rim, and a deep interior cavity. A trio of applied blue-green glass dots are presented equidistantly across the midsection of the body, imbuing the vessel with a burst of vibrant color. The elegant fire-polished surface and near-absence of any weathering gives this jar almost the exact same appearance as it had in antiquity. A stunning example of high-quality Roman glassware! Size: 4.425" W x 4.5" H (11.2 cm x 11.4 cm). Pliny the Elder paid homage to the beauty of the many hues created in hand-blown glass, but pointed out that colorless translucent glass was the most coveted, "There is, furthermore, opaque white glass and others that reproduce the appearance of fluor-spar, blue sapphires or lapis lazuli, and, indeed, glass exists in any color . . . However, the most highly valued glass is colorless and transparent, as closely as possible resembling rock-crystal." (Pliny, Natural History XXXVI.198 from "Solid Liquid" catalogue, Fortuna Fine Arts, New York, 1999, p. 64.) Published in "Solid Liquid: Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic Glass." Fortuna Fine Arts, Ltd., New York, 1999, p. 112, fig. 202. Provenance: private East Coast, 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. #137054Read more

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1 500 GBP

20th C. Indonesia Iron Kris - White Sapphires in Handle

Southeast Asia / Oceania, Indonesia, ca. mid 20th cenury CE. An iron kris (keris) with a gilded wooden handle studded with approximately 150 inlaid white sapphires (of which approximately one third remain). The inlays are separated by filigree. The handle is simple in form, curved at the top and tapering to a series of four rings above the distinctively wide upper part of the kris blade. The blade is of similarly simple triangular form, without the sinuous curves of many other krises. A dark wooden sheath protects the blade. Size of kris with sheath: 4.45" W x 17.8" H (11.3 cm x 45.2 cm) The kris is both a weapon and a spiritual object. The oldest known are from the 10th century CE; they are thought to have originated on the island of Java. The bladesmith, called an empu, formed the blade from layers of different iron ores and meteorite nickel. In high quality ones, the metal is folded dozens or even hundreds of times. Kris were worn every day and in special ceremonies; both men and women wear them. They were passed down through families. They were used for display, as talismans with magical powers, and weapons, and as heirlooms, as accessories for ceremonial dress, and indicators of social status. Kris blades are narrow, with wide, symmetrical bases. The aesthetic value has three elements: dhapur, the shape and design of the blade, with 40 variants; pamor, the pattern of metal alloy decoration on the blade, with 120 variants; and tangguh, the age and origin of kris. In 2005, the kris became a UNESCO Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Provenance: private Rochester, Michigan, 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. #126813Read more

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Low estimate
690 GBP

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18th C. Chinese Jade Elephant Figure
Far East, China, Qing Dynasty, ca. 18th to 19th century CE. A finely sculpted very pale green jade miniature elephant, standing foursquare, with its head and trunk turned slightly toward its right and his tail swishing toward his left. Nice details including incised oval eyes, pointy tusks, and teardrop shaped ears. The stone is a beautiful mint green hue with areas of milky white inclusions, for the most part opaque, however the trunk is translucent. Size: 2" L x 1" W x 1.375" H (5.1 cm x 2.5 cm x 3.5 cm). Provenance: Ex-Paul and Louise Bernheimer collection, Cambridge, MA and Laguna Woods, CA., acquired before 1980. 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. #111811 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Pair of Inca Wood Keros - Nicely Decorated
Pre-Columbian, Peru, Inca culture, ca. 1400 to 1532 CE. A nice pair of wooden keros - cups used to drink chicha, a native corn beer. Shorter example is decorated in three panels of incised geometric patterns, taller with connected squares and wave-like patterns. Both are very well crafted! Tallest - Size: 6" H (15.2 cm) Provenance: private Guy Waters collection, Clearwater, Florida, USA, acquired over the last forty years. Ex Joseph Espinola collection, Toronto, Canada. 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. #125065 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Signed R. Schwarz Color Lithograph, "Der Apparat" 1970
**First Time At Auction** Reiner Schwarz (German, 1940-) "Der Apparat", color lithograph with colored pencil, 1970, numbered 67/250 in pencil on the lower left, signed in pencil on the lower right, titled in pencil at lower center. An original signed colored lithograph by the artist Reiner Schwarz depicting a gruesome image of a human head held in a vice-like apparatus. Schwarz is a German contemporary artist who was a lithographer, a painter, as well as a draftsman. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin. Size: sheet measures 17.75" L x 12.625" W (45.1 cm x 32.1 cm); image measures 12.25" L x 9.5" W (31.1 cm x 24.1 cm) Provenance: private Morgan Collection, Santa Monica, 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #130250 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Mayan Peten Polychrome Cylinder, ex-Sotheby's
Pre-Columbian, Mayan Territories, Peten Basin, Late Classic Period, ca. 550 to 900 CE. A ritual ceramic vessel with wonderful decoration. The overall surface is painted in shades of orange and black with geometric motifs and stylized "mat" symbols, encircled with a Primary Standard Sequence (PSS) band of glyphs below the red-painted rim. Size: 5.05" W x 6.8" H (12.8 cm x 17.3 cm) This beautiful cylinder has all the hallmarks of a "codex style" vessel. The glyphs and iconography were hand drawn by a skilled artisan in a fine-line painting technique using a monochrome red slip that would have been made from clay mixed with plant-based compounds and possibly some iron oxide. Mayan scribes seem to have wanted to mark the ownership of valued things, and that is what registers of glyphs often give the owner's name and/or describe the item. Below the band of glyphs is a repeated, stylized "mat" symbol. Mat houses, called Popol Nah, were places where councils of nobles met. They often had their exteriors were marked with "mat" symbols like this vessel - see, for example, the façade of the Popol Nah at Copan with its thatched mat pattern that has been reconstructed from the fallen pieces found by the Copan Mosaic Project. The Peten region was one of the most densely populated regions in the world during the Maya period, home to several million people and many powerful urban areas, each of which would have had their own Popol Nah for nobles to meet. This cylinder may have been used in one of them, belonging to an elite member of society, for the ritual drinking of chocolate. Provenance: Ex-Private New York Collection; Ex-Sotheby's Pre-Columbian Art, November 20th, 1989, Lot 349 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. #120904 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Egyptian Bronze Seated Cat and Kitten
Egypt, XXVIth Dynasty, Ca. 646 to 525 BCE.   Cast bronze figure of a cat in alert attitude with erect back, along with two kittens in front (one now gone). Size 1-5/8"H + block base. Provenance: Ex-private NYC, NY 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. #101455 Artemis Gallery LIVE

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