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ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - IRON AGE - GREEK - ASIA MINOR - Bronze Phrygian fibula, 8th/7th century B.C.

weight 57,25gr. ; bronze L.60mm H.45mm.
intact with dark patina


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - IRON AGE - GREEK - ANATOLIA - Bronze (Phrygian ?) fibula, 8th/6th century BC

height circa 40mm. ; width circa 80mm. ; weight 27,95gr.
Attractive dark green patina.
provenance; from a Dutch private collection


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - IRON AGE - GREEK - ANATOLIA - Bronze semi-circular fibula (Phrygian ?) with double pin, 8th/6th century BC

height circa 72mm. ; width circa 82mm. ; weight 41,45gr.
Attractive large sized fibula with dark patina
provenance; from a Dutch private collection


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - GREEK - Hellenistic Tanagra figure, 4th/ 3rd century BC

Height circa 15cm. ; weight circa 132 gram
Standing woman with full length skirt.

The Tanagra figurines were a mold-cast type of Greek terracotta figurines produced from the later fourth century BC, primarily in the Boeotian town of Tanagra. They were coated with a liquid white slip before firing and were sometimes painted afterwards in naturalistic tints with watercolors, such as the famous ″Dame en Bleu″ (″Lady in Blue″) at the Louvre. Scholars have wondered why a rural place like Tanagra produced such fine and rather ″urban″ style terracotta figures. Tanagra figures depict real women — and some men and boys — in everyday costume, with familiar accessories like hats, wreaths or fans. Typically they are about 10 to 20 centimeters high. The terracotta figurines were placed in temples as offerings to the gods, or in tombs.

This statuette represents a typical ″Tanagran″ subject – the draped figure of a woman. The statuette′s elegant, sculptural form despite her small size, and the beauty of the drapery make this a highly successful representation of the human figure, reflecting two central themes in ancient Greek statuary – the female body, and feminine garments. The influence of the Greek sculptor Praxiteles, who was active in the 4th century BC and is credited with the introduction of several female figure types, is clearly apparent in the handling of the drapery, and the pose.

provenance: from a Dutch private collection
Not totally intact. Some little damage and repairs; at the left and back side of her head and at the backside of the base.
Rare and interesting object.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - GREEK HELLENISTIC, 3rd / 2 nd century BC- Golden pendant or earring

Gold. Length 28mm. ; weight 4,19gr.
Gold pendant or earring with loop, in the shape of a turtle. With granule decorations.

This is a wonderful example of ancient granulation work. The granulation technique is estimated to be 5,000 years old, originating in Sumer. Granulation was also used by the Etruscans in the first millennium BC. Greek craftsmen also adopted the technique and eventually the Romans as well, but it was the work coming from Etruria which became famous because of the mystery surrounding the process.

provenance; German private collection.
Very rare piece of jewellery art.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - GREEK - Hellenistic terracotta head of Aphrodite, 3rd / 2nd century BC

Height circa 55mm. ; weight 60,91 gram

Fragment of a large Aphrodite statuette. Her head has wavy hair,
tied in a chignon at the back, surmounted by a stephane.  
provenance: from a Dutch private collection
Minor chips, but with expressive details in the face.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - GREEK HELLENISTIC - Golden ring with oval dark red garnat intaglio, 3rd / 1st century BC

Gold Ø 12mm. ; weight 4,28gr.

On the gem we see a Corinthian colomn crater,
a twohandle vase, with a bird standing left on top.
The colomn crater has its origin round 700 BC, in Corinth,
and was common used in the following centuries.

provenance; German private collection.


ARCHAEOLOGIGAL OBJECT - GREEK WORLD - Late Hellenistic gold seal ring, circa 3rd/1st century BC

weight 6,64gr. ; gold Ø 18mm. (internal diameter)

Description: A superb and rare late Hellenistic solid gold finger seal ring, featuring a round section hoop and a small, oval bezel. The bezel is finely engraved with the depiction of a bearded and laurated male head to right (Zeus or a Hellenistic King ?)

provenance: from an old French collection
Condition: Rare and unique piece. Extremely fine condition.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - HELLENISTIC OR EARLY ROMAN TIMES - Pearl-shaped pendant of black glass with eyelet for lanyard, circa 2nd century BC - 1st century AD

height 22mm. ; black glass ; weight 10,63gr.
provenance: German collection from Berlin, bought in the 1970′s


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN / CELTIC - Bronze bracelet, 2nd / 1st century BC

Length circa 54mm. ; Height circa 47mm.(outside diameters).
Nice bronze bracelet, formed from solid metal stock with decorated flattened sides.
Nice deep green patination.
Found in the Eastern Danube region.



weight 23,88gr. ; L.48mm. W.32mm.
A ornate silver brooch of the "anchor" type
cf. Hattatt 762


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - SOUTH ITALY - Bronze bird fibula, 1st century AD

Standing bird to right, decorated with small circles with dots in the centre.
weight 17,81gr. ; length 53mm.
Found in Calabria (South Italy).
Provenance: From an private English collection. Acquired on the London art market in the 1980′s
Pin missing, for the rest intact. Dark green patina. Very rare.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Bronze patera handle, 1st century BC / 1st century AD

Height circa 22mm. ; Length circa 128mm. ;  Weight circa 282 gram

Beautiful bronze patera handle with a fluted body and a ram head finial. The ram′s head is very finely incised, with a particular attention to the wool details. Naturalistically modelled with large ridged tightly curled horns, almond-shaped eyes and fine mouth and nostrils.

provenance; Belgian private collection
Very good condition. Dark green patina.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Gold amphora pendant, decorated with blue lapis lazuli, circa 1st / 3rd century AD

height 54mm. ; gold ; weight 7,01gr.
From the eastern Mediterranean area.
provenance: from a private U.S. collection
Wonderful piece of  fine art. Very rare.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Bronze eagle with closed wings on a square statuette, 1st / 3rd century AD

height 62mm. ; weight 121,42gr.
A cast eagle figurine on a hollow square base, feather detailing to the wings and chest.
provenance; Dutch private collection. Acquired on the German art market in the 1990′s
Wonderful piece with attractive dark patina.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Bronze jar, 2nd / 5th century AD

height 19,5cm. ; weight circa 874 gram
provenance: from the German art market
Some minor bumbs. Attractive green/blue patina.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - CENTRAL EUROPE - Bronze Pannonian fibula brooch, circa 75-150 AD

length circa 58mm. ; bronze 23,27gr.
reference literature ; Hattatt 764

very attractive green patina
complete with pin


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Bronze statuette of a laying bull, head turn to front, circa 1st / 2nd century AD

Length circa 40mm. ; weight circa 160 gram

The bull was a powerful symbol in many ancient religions, none more so than in that of Egypt, where the animal was worshipped as the god Apis. The Romans found it easier to accept the Apis bull than some of the more exotic deities of the Egyptian pantheon, like the ibis-headed god Thoth or the jackal-headed Anubis, and they ridiculed Egyptians as worshippers of animals such as cats and crocodiles.

provenance; Dutch private collection. Acquired on the German art market in the 1990′s
This expressive bronze bull-figure is a work of high craftsmanship.
On the lower backside a part of the metal is missing.
Attractive dark green/brown patina.


ARCHEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Bronze bust of Serapis, 2nd century AD

height 49mm. ; weight 43,52gr.

The god, with Greek and Egyptian features, wearing a chiton and himation over left shoulder, surmounted by the modius headdress. The modius is decorated in front and sides with floral motives. Serapis has a luxuriant full beard and thick long wavy hair falling in curls at his back.

Perhaps more than any other deity, Serapis embodies the multicultural nature of the ancient Mediterranean world. He was essentially a creation of the Greek rulers of Egypt, a conflation of the local gods Osiris and Apis, though depicted as Greek in appearance. He wears the modius (grain basket) on top of his head, signifying his role as the god of plenty.

This head might have been placed as a dedication in a Serapeum.

Bibliography: H. Hoffmann, Ten Centuries that shaped the West,
Texas, 1971, p. 72, no. 22; also M. Bieber, The Sculpture of the
Hellenistic Age, New York, 1961, figs. 296-7, for parallels.
Provenance: French private collection.

Wonderful piece or art with excellent details.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Gold pin with red garnet stone, 1st / 3rd century AD

height 55mm. ; gold ; weight 2,82gr.
This ancient pin in fine gold was probably used as a hairpin.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Bronze ring, circa 1st / 3rd.century AD

weight 5,48gr. ; bronze circa Ø 15mm. (internal diameter)
Some engraving on the bezel.
Dark patina.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Silver pendant, 2nd - 3rd century AD

weight 3,11gr. ; height 45mm. ; wide31mm.
made of silver sheet

Depicting Roman Goddess standing left within double lined square of dots.

some out-breaks at edge


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Bronze plate brooch, 2nd century AD

Ø circa 37mm. ; bronze 13,42gr.
Openwork plate brooch in the shape of a rosette.
attractive green patina
complete with pin


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Simple flat silver ring, circa 2nd / 4th century AD

weight 1,48gr. ; dimentions of bezel Ø circa 19mm. (inner size)
light traces of oxidation


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Massive bronze grotesque figure, 2nd / 3rd century AD

height 55mm. ; weight 36,25gr.

This male figure holds a short sword in his left hand. His arms and body seems to be tied with robes and he wears a Phrygian cap. Maybe a figure of a slave is meant here. Very rare.

provenance; from an old Dutch private collection


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN, 2nd/3rd century AD - Bronze knee fibula, 2nd / 3rd century AD

length 35mm.
cf. Hattatt 477
attractive green patina


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Bronze theatre mask applique, 2nd / 3rd century AD

height 82mm. ; width 50mm. ; weight 68,59gr.
Finely worked bronze applique in form of a theatre mask.
Depicted is a goddess with her hair in locks aside and her frontal
hair pulled up and hold by stephane. High-quality Bronze applique.
Probably used as furniture decoration.
Provenance; German private collection, acquired between 1970 and 1980.
attractive green/brown patina


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Bronze ring, circa 3rd / 5th century AD

weight 2,18gr. ; bronze circa Ø 17mm. (internal diameter)
Some decoration on the oval plate.
Dark patina.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Bronze cicada fibula, 4th / 5th century AD

length circa 32mm. ; weight 11,30gr.

The cicadas are a superfamily, the Cicadoidea, of insects in the order Hemiptera (true bugs). They are in the suborder Auchenorrhyncha, along with smaller jumping bugs such as leafhoppers and froghoppers. The superfamily is divided into two families, Tettigarctidae, with two species in Australia, and Cicadidae, with more than 3,000 species described from around the world; many species remain undescribed.

In ancient times the cicada was polyvalent symbol: resounding themes are resurrection, immortality, spiritual realization and spiritual ecstasy. For the ancient Greeks and Romans they sang in intoxicated ecstasy and were sacred to Apollo and cognate with the dionysiac bacchae and maenad.

provenance: Form  the John Moore collection, England
intact with pin.


ARCHAEOLOGIGAL OBJECTS - LATE ROMAN / EARLY BYZANTINE - bronze oil lamp with a cross handle, circa 350 - 600 AD

length circa 15,5cm. ; weight circa 290 gram

A cross of light bearing the inscription “in hoc signo vinces” (in this sign you will conquer) miraculously appeared to Roman Emperor Constantine before the battle of Milvian Bridge. His victory over his brother-in-law and co-emperor Maxentius and subsequent conversion to Christianity had a profound impact on the course of Western civilization.

This bronze oil lamp dates to the late Roman / early Byzantine era. The ring handle is surmounted by a leaf-shaped attachment incorporating a Christian cross. The filling hole was covered with a hinged lid, but that is missing with this lamp. The spout terminates in a wide circular opening for the wick.The majority of lamps in the ancient world were fashioned from clay. The use of bronze was a costly and luxurious alternative.

Not completely intact; minor damage (hole) at the spout, and the lid is missing.
Attractive dark green patina.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - LATE ROMAN / EARLY BYZANTINE - Bronze ring, circa 4th / 6th century AD

weight 7,62gr. ; bronze circa Ø 20mm. (internal diameter) 
Bronze ring with pointed oval shaped bezel engraved with cut linear design.
Dark patina.


LATE ROMAN / EARLY BYZANTINE - Bronze harnessring with frontal bull’s head, circa 4th / 6th century AD

weight 123,01gr. ; height 92mm. ; wide 76mm.
literature: Die Welt von Byzanz. Europas östliches Erbe.
Ausstellung München (2004), page 353, Nr.777
provenance: a Dutch private collection


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - LATE ROMAN / EARLY BYZANTINE - Ring made of bone decorated with flower and leave motives, 4th / 8th century AD

weight 3,25gr. ; circa Ø 15mm. (inner size)
provenance: German collection from Berlin, bought in the 1970′s
intact and very attractive


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