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Around the world & back in time - be amazed at the treasures you will find. Antiquities from Egypt, Greece, Italy and the Near East, Asian, Pre-Columbian, African / Tribal / Oceanic, Native American, Spanish Colonial, Russian Icons, Fine Art, much more in Artemis Gallery's VARIETY SALE | Antiquities & Ethnographic Art.
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Egyptian Old Kingdom Granite Offering Plate. Ancient Egypt, Old Kingdom, 3rd Dynasty, ca. 2686 to 2613 BCE. A hefty offering plate of an elegantly minimal form, arduously hand-carved from mottled granite of black, grey, white, fuchsia, and pink hues. Estimate $1,800 - $2,500.
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Egyptian Ptolemaic Papyrus Scrolls, Demotic Script (2). Egypt, Ptolemaic Period, ca. 332 to 30 BCE. A beautiful and extremely rare set of two tightly rolled papyrus scrolls. Each lengthy scroll is of a slender form, has open ends that reveal the interior layers, and displays several rows of illegible Demotic script written in black ink. Estimate $4,000 - $6,000.
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Romano-Egyptian Painted Plaster Crocodile Mummy Mask. Egypt, Romano-Egyptian period, ca. 1st to 2nd century CE. A wonderful hollow-molded plaster mummy mask for a crocodile, perhaps meant as an offering to Sobek, the crocodile-headed god of fertility and the Nile River. Estimate $4,000 - $6,000.
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Greek Geometric Bronze Horse, ex-Safani. Ancient Greece, Geometric Period, ca. late 8th to 7th century BCE. A fabulous cast-bronze horse presenting characteristically-abstract geometric-era stylization. Estimate $1,800 - $2,200.
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Greek Lucanian Terracotta Antefix of a Maenad. Magna Graecia, Southern Italy, probably Lucania, ca. 330 to 320 BCE. A mesmerizing terracotta antefix featuring the head of a Maenad in high relief with her wavy, unruly tresses bound in a topknot - framing her beautiful face with large, heavily lidded, almond-shaped eyes, a very naturalistic nose, parted lips as if she is singing or chanting, and smooth cheeks. Estimate $4,000 - $6,000.
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Greek Blackware Trefoil Oinochoai (pr). Greek, Magna Graecia, southern Italy, ca. 4th century BCE. A lovely pair of near identical blackware pottery wine and water pitchers, known as oinochoai (singular oenochoe/oinochoe). Estimate $800 - $1,000.
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Roman Holy Land Pottery Double Spouted Jug. Roman era, Holy Land, the Levant, ca. 1st to 4th century CE. A fine example of a utilitarian ceramic vessel featuring a sturdy, curved handle and two projecting spouts, one rising from each end of the handle. Estimate $800 - $1,200.
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Rare Sarmatian / Roman Ring-Pommeled Iron Short Sword. Central/Eastern Europe, Black Sea region, Sarmatians or other nomadic tribes of the region (Sargat, Sauromatian, Saka, or Scythian), ca. 100 to 200 CE. Estimate $1,000 - $1,500.
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Fine Roman Silver Cochlearium, 13.9 g. Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 3rd to 4th century CE. A shallow spoon made from a silver-copper alloy (64% silver) known as a cochlearium in Latin. A small tang connects the ovoid bowl to the needle-shaped handle which gradually narrows to a point for use in extracting snails or seafood from their shells. Estimate $2,000 - $3,000.