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

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


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 - Golden ring with oval dark red garnat gem, 3rd / 1st century BC

Greek Hellenistic, 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

GREEK WORLD, 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 - ROMAN / CELTIC - Bronze bracelet, 2nd / 1st century BC

Roman / Celtic, 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.


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

Roman, 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 - 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 - Silver fibula, 1st century A.D.

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


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - 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

ROMAN TIMES, 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.


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

ROMAN TIMES, 1st / 3rd century AD
weight 5,48gr. ; bronze circa Ø 15mm. (internal diameter)
Some engraving on the bezel.
Dark patina.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN TIMES - 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

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

ROMAN TIMES, 3rd - 5th century AD
weight 2,18gr. ; bronze circa Ø 17mm. (internal diameter)
Some decoration on the oval plate.
Dark patina.


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 - ROMAN/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 TIMES - 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


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