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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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Japanese Edo to Meiji Wooden Puppet Doll

East Asia, Japan, late Edo to early Meiji period, ca. 1800 to 1912 CE. Traditional Japanese puppet theatre involves the use of puppet dolls like this example to act out a chanted narrative called joruri as the music of a three-stringed lute called a samisen is played. This puppet is made of laquered wood; it is is comprised of a trunkless head as is customary, with long hair and an elaborate costume comprised of silken and cotton fabrics, sequins, ribbons, and fur trim, under which is a simple cotton undergarment and stuffed legs of the same fabric with wooden shoes attached. The term used for these performances, Bunraku, derives from the name of a troupe initially organized by Uemura Bunrakuken, an early 19th century puppet master. The term for puppetry is ayatsuri and the term for puppetry theatre is ayatsuri joruri. When used in performances, traditional narratives are told via the virtuosic handling of such puppets, and the result is poetry in motion! Comes with wooden stand. Size: 20.5" H (52.1 cm) including costume Provenance: private Florida, 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. #126119Read more

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  • 12d 9h
Low estimate
390 GBP

Moche I Polychrome Terracotta Stirrup Vessel

Pre-Columbian, North Coast Peru, Moche I, ca. 400 BCE to 100 CE. A beautiful stirrup spout ceramic vessel of a smooth surface and classic globular form, adorned with a handsome design comprised of four quadrants of geometrics, primarily circular motifs, two quadrants embellished with cream-colored kaolin slip polka dots on a red ground, alternating with two adorned with smaller circles outlined in black resist on the red ground. The negative resist technique was rarely used by the Moche but rather more often by the Viru, Recuay, and later Vicus cultures, adding to the unusual properties of this piece. All quadrants are neatly separated by a double line painted in kaolin slip. Size: 9" x 6-3/4" (22.9 x 17.1 cm).The Moche were masterful ceramicists. Most of their vessels were mold made standard shapes and forms. However, iconographically their decorations boasted a rich range of subjects. Some were embellished with stylized abstract motifs as we see in this example. Others took on the forms of animals including camelids, deer, monkeys, felines, birds, sea lions, bats, fish, reptiles, arachnids, and the list goes on. Plant life also served as inspiration for the Mochica. You will find examples representing squashes, corn, beans, gourds, etc. In addition, human subjects were depicted, in some cases as portrait vessels, others as representative warriors, rulers, healers, etc. Scholars disagree as to their functionality and use. Until recently most believed these vessels to be funerary wares. However, some argue that they were created for domestic purposes, feasts, rituals, or other ceremonial uses. The research continues and fortunately we have pieces such as this example to serve as a window upon the ancient world. Provenance: Ex-private Leonard Collection, Virginia, USA, acquired before 1979. 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. #110732Read more

  • USAUSA
  • 12d 9h
Low estimate
460 GBP

Early 19th C. Russian Icon - Resurrection & Feasts

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. first half of the 19th century CE. A breathtaking festal icon in egg tempera, gold leaf, and gesso on wood featuring the Resurrection, the "feast of feasts" celebrated not only on Easter but every Sunday, as the primary theme. The center image shows two main scenes from the life of Christ and several smaller scenes from His life. The first and highest is His Resurrection, where he stands centrally atop his tomb. In the lower left corner is the red, monstrous head of Satan/the Hell Mouth, opened as Christ, again located in the center, leads the Harrowing of Hell, freeing the souls trapped there. Size: 17.75" W x 21" H (45.1 cm x 53.3 cm)The smaller scenes include the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene, Peter examining Christ's tomb, doubting Thomas touching Christ's wounds, Christ greeting John the Baptist, and Christ and Peter on the Sea of Galilee in a boat. Numerous witnesses - all named with black paint on their halos (though not very legible) - are present, rising diagonally from left to right behind the figure of Christ in Anastasis. Surrounding this are 12 scenes depicting the events of Holy Thursday and Holy Friday.Icons (icon means "image" in Greek) are sacred objects within the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition. Found in homes as well as churches, these painted images depict holy persons and saints as well as illustrate scenes from the Scriptures. Icons are not worshiped, but are instead venerated for their ability to focus the power of an individual's prayer to God. As such they are truly "windows into heaven." Provenance: ex-Francis & Lilly Robicsek collection, Charlotte, North Carolina, 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. #119511Read more

  • USAUSA
  • 12d 9h
Low estimate
5 000 GBP

Aztec Pottery Long-Handled Censor

Pre-Columbian, Central Mexico, Aztec empire, ca. 1300 to 1500 CE. A wonderful slip painted terracotta incensario of a clever design comprised of an openwork olla with a tastefully flared red rim upon a pair of buff rounded rattle legs at one end and a long tubular handle that folds back over itself, this form perhaps created to represent a serpent, possibly two serpents or the the bicephalic serpent (see discussion below). Size: 9.375" L x 4.625" in diameter x 3.625" H (23.8 cm x 11.7 cm x 9.2 cm)Snake/serpents provide a fascinating element of Pre-Columbian iconography as they were regarded to be a beneficial source of nourishment and at the same time quite deadly with their poisonous venom. Also important to the indigenous was the fact that snakes shed their skin annually thus rejuvenating themselves and serving as symbols of renewal and good health. The folded nature of this handle suggests an abstract representation of two snakes which may in turn suggest the bicephalic serpent- a signifier of high rank in various Pre-Columbian world views. These two-headed beasts were regarded as sky bands that arched over the earth or surrounded the seas serving as a passageway for the planets and stars of the celestial realm. This motif decorated articles associated with individuals of high rank, thus associating them with the powers of this mighty creature. Provenance: ex- private Santa Fe, New Mexico, 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. #124500Read more

  • USAUSA
  • 12d 9h
Low estimate
1 200 GBP

19th C. Framed Russian Icon - Dormition of the Virgin

Eastern Europe, Russia, ca. 19th century CE. A touching rendition of the Dormition of the Virgin showing the Holy Theotokos on her deathbed surrounded by mourning Apostles, Church Fathers, and pious women in egg tempera and gold leaf on wood and housed in a custom octagonal wooden frame finished with gold leaf. Christ has descended from heaven surrounded by angels, looking at his mother as he holds a small swaddled child who represents the soul of the Virgin Mary. In front of her deathbed, the Archangel Gabriel raises his sword to cut off the hands of the impious priest who wishes to upend the bier. So skillfully painted with naturalistic visages and hands, beautifully delineated drapery folds and billowing clouds, as well as Byzantine inspired pantomime gestures and liberal use of gold leaf. The flooring demonstrates the artist's interest in linear perspective, and the composition is impressively complex. Size: 15" W x 17" H (38.1 cm x 43.2 cm)Donning garments of jewel tone blue and golden highlights that radiate hallowed golden rays, Jesus is presented in divine glory. The apostles are depicted standing in two clusters before architectural interiors of columniated arches which most likely metaphorically represent Mary's house and the Temple of Jerusalem (the destination of the procession), the apostles depicted in Byzantine fashion with their dramatic postures and gestures directing our attention toward Mary. The Dormition of the Virgin is among the most important feast days of the Eastern Orthodox Church. Commemorating the Virgin’s death or “falling asleep” and her resurrection prior to being taken to heaven, it is celebrated on August 15th. This is a fine example of the icon of this feast.The story behind this iconography is as follows. On one of the many occasions when the Virgin was praying at Golgotha, the Archangel Gabriel appeared to her and announced that her demise from this life to eternal life was fast approaching, and the Virgin prayed that the Lord would have the apostles come see her again and prepared for her deathbed. Then the apostles were carried miraculously from their locales of preaching to Jerusalem where they gathered together to mourn with Christ appearing behind the coffin carrying his mother’s soul. In the words of Theodore the Studite, “ You fell asleep, yes, but not to die. You were assumed into heaven, but you never cease to protect humanity.” (Alfredo Tradigo, “Icons and Saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church” The Getty Museum (2004) p. 153)Icons (icon means "image" in Greek) are sacred objects within the Eastern Orthodox Christian tradition. Found in homes as well as churches, these painted images depict holy persons and saints as well as illustrate scenes from the Scriptures. Icons are not worshiped, but are instead venerated for their ability to focus the power of an individual's prayer to God. As such they are truly "windows into heaven." Provenance: ex-Francis & Lilly Robicsek Collection, Charlotte, North Carolina, 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. #119486Read more

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  • 12d 9h
Low estimate
3 900 GBP

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19th C. Japanese Bronze Suiteki Water Dropper - Tiger
Japan, Edo Period, ca. 1800 to 1850 CE. Fine bronze water dropper (Suiteka) decorated with tiger and landscape in high relief, handle emerges from the mouth of another creature. Vessels such as this were used to drip small amounts of water on ink stones for use in Japanese calligraphy. Size: 3.25" L x 1.75" H (8.3 cm x 4.4 cm). Provenance: Ex-Paul & 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. #111716 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Colima Redware Pottery Vessel
Pre-Columbian, West Mexico, Colima, ca. 200 BCE to 200 CE. "Somewhere over the rainbow, way up high . . ." Surely you know the reference - Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. Colima sculptors created a vast array of vessel forms, including effigy representations of human figures, sea and land animals, as well as flora, fruits and vegetables. However, this piece stands apart for its rare and intriguing subject matter, a rainbow. I don't know that I have ever seen this form represented in Colima pottery. The closest approximation might be a redware acrobat in a backbend position that I studied once, but this piece is more abstract and stylized rather than figurative. The rainbow form repeats in four consecutive sections. At the center is an opening with a reversed rim. The piece shows brilliantly burnished red hues and nice areas of manganese blooms. Most of all it is a rainbow conjuring all those sweet associations that we connect to that wondrous arch of colors. Size: 6-3/4" x 5-1/4" (17 cm x 13.3 cm). Provenance: Ex-private Olan collection, California, by family descent, acquired 1960 to 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #110208 Artemis Gallery LIVE
19th C. Italian Reliquary St Alphonsus Maria de Liguori
**Previously Listed At $100 Italy, ca. 19th century CE. This is a small antique tin reliquary in circular form with a thread and red wax seal across its back (denoting that the relic remains). Under glass is a simple printed engraved image of the Saint, Alphonsus Maria de' Liguori (1696-1787), an Italian Catholic bishop and theological writer who was canonized in 1839 and is the patron saint of confessors. A small reliquary like this one was probably manufactured to be sold as a souvenir of a pilgrimage. Size: 1.5" W x 0.55" H (3.8 cm x 1.4 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. #109644 Artemis Gallery LIVE
African Igbo Painted Wood Face Mask
Africa, Nigeria, Ibibio or Igbo, ca. early 20th century CE. A hand carved wooden face mask of an ovoid form most likley used for entertainment. The mask depicts a rather somber visage with a deep red complexion and some areas of applied silver pigment as well, a black coiffure with one incised diagonal to the side painted white, downward curving eye slits, a protruding forehead and aquiline nose adorned with green pigment, pairs of vertical marks painted in black upon the cheeks, and a petite closed mouth with silvery, red lips. Overall, a very emotive presence! Size: 5.25" W x 9.25" H (13.3 cm x 23.5 cm) Provenance: Ex-Adeon Gallery, Chicago, IL, Nick Poolos collection, acquired prior to 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 and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #113555 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Nazca Polychrome Spouted Vessel - Seated Man
Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Nazca, ca. 250 BCE to 125 CE. Full of personality, this human effigy vessel of a seated man with a quasi-cylindrical body and an ovoid head with a bridge spout handle joining the head to the back (the spout emerging from the head) is elaborately decorated with an avian-inspired chocolate brown headdress framing his face with abstract plumes that also trail down his back and a grand golden pectoral. While most of the details are painted in a polychrome scheme of chocolate brown, cream, russet red, and golden orange, the facial features are nicely modeled. Figural forms like this example are relatively rare in Nazca art. A special example indeed! Size: 5.25" W x 8.625" H (13.3 cm x 21.9 cm) Provenance: Ex -R. Gill collection, Florida 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. #116908 Artemis Gallery LIVE

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