possibly first to third century, A.D., cosmetic flask with trail decoration, side and top handles; two bottles with side handles, one with threaded decoration; two bottles flared rims, one with swirl decoration, accompanied with a receipt dated November 28, 1950 from The Universal Art Gallery, London, for two Roman glass bottles including one with trail decoration and one broken, and one receipt from E. Bonfiglioli, Sussex, England, for Roman glass bottle, taped labels on bases, 3 in. to 7-1/2 i
An Attic black-figure ceramic skyphos featuring a pedestal base, a bulbous body and two handles. A dark-coloured band decoration is visible on the base and on the vessel’s handle. The inside of the cup features a dark brown-red colour and a central circle of a light red colour. Skyphoi were used in Ancient Greece as a two-handled deep wine-cup.
Fibule représentant un cerf agenouillé avec de grands bois. Le centre de l'empire scythe, qui existait entre le 8e et le 2e siècle avant J.-C., se trouvait sur les rives nord de la mer Noire et s'étendait du sud de la Russie jusqu'aux frontières de la Pe
An ancient Egyptian glazed faience amulet of light blue colour depicting Sekhmet, the lioness goddess of war, with rectangular dorsal pillar pierced for suspension. The goddess is presented striding with her left leg forward, wearing a tripartite wig that is partly covered by her mane, and a full-length dress. Her left arm is by her side and her right arm is bent and held to her body. In her right hand she holds a long papyrus sceptre, the wadj in ancient Egyptian, which symbolised new life and
A pair of Egyptian sandals made from plaited reed and palm leaves interwoven together. Although the overall shape is hard to distinguish, the sandals feature rising sides, to enclose the foot, a small toe cap and flat sole. A woven strap attaching both sides of the shoe would have gone across the bridge of the foot, securing the sandal in place. As part of New Kingdom burial practices, wealthy Egyptian elites would include sandals and other items of clothing within their tombs. They were for the
A finely crafted Greek terracotta figurine of a seated young man. The figure is shown bare chested, reclining with the left arm tense to support the body. The right arm rests lightly on the right knee. The youth appears wearing a long drape upon his shoulders.
An Egyptian faience amulet of the eye of Horus, with details of the eyebrow and pupil enhanced with black glaze. Pierced longitudinally for suspension. Plain back. Suitable for modern wear. The eye of Horus was a powerful symbol of protection in ancient Egypt, also known as the Wedjat or Udjat eye. It was believed to have healing and protective power, hence it is a very widespread amulet.
A Boeotian terracotta statuette of a woman. She stands on a rectangular base, her arms at her sides. She wears a low polos and a peplos open down the right side. Her hair is parted and falls down her back. Details of the robes, peplos, lips and the plinth have been highlighted in umber pigments, the hair in black. Reverse with large central rectangular air hole.
An Egyptian cosmetic jar made in alabaster, used for storing ointments. The large, cylindrical body features two small lug handles to the sides and a slightly pinched neck. A lid would have originally been part of the jar, keeping any liquids inside fresh to use.
A large faience Egyptian pectoral shrine pendant with a cavetto cornice. The front is decorated with the recumbent figure of the jackal god Anubis, who wears a collar and flail over his back. He lies upon a similar cavetto cornice shrine. The reverse is decorated with the djed pillar and sa, symbols of stability. A rare piece in very good condition.
A fascinating piece of terracotta, depicting two identical faces back to back. The features have elements of the grotesque about them, with vacant, staring eyes, large ears, and their tongues sticking out. The piece is hollow, and features a large hole on the top of one of the faces.
An ancient Roman bottle in light green clear glass and displaying a section of silvery rainbow iridescence. The bottle consists of a narrow concave base, an ovoid body, and a short, wide neck that expands slightly to it asymmetrical rolled rim. The word iridescence comes from Iris, the Greek goddess of rainbows and refers to rainbow-like colours seen on glass. It is caused by alkali being leached from the glass by acidic water and then forming fine layers that eventually separate slightly or fla