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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 - 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 - 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.


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

length circa 42mm. ; bronze 11,05gr.
reference literature ; Hattatt 764
very attractive green patina
complete with pin


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 - Bronze bull on integral base, 1st / 2nd AD

height 47mm. ; width circa 42mm. ; weight 44,74gr.

A cast bull figurine on a hollow square base.
Naturalistically modelled with curving horns, pointed ears, integral base.

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 French art market in the 1980′s

Wonderful piece with attractive dark patina.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Bronze figurine of ram, 1st / 3rd century AD

height 50mm. ; width 45mm. ; weight 108,80gr.

An Ancient Roman bronze figurine of a ram, excellent detailed to show the features of the eyes, horns, tail the woolen fleece and limbs. The ram stands on a small, flat base, which allows the figurine to stand upright. The bronze features some light patination, which enhances the visibility of the details.

Provenance: Dutch private collection. 
Acquired at the Dutch art marked in the 1970′s.

Attractive dark greenbrown patina.
Beautiful piece of bronze sculpture art.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN - Bronze idol pendant in the shape of a herm, 1st - 3rd century AD

height circa 70mm. ; weight 57,37gr.
suspension loop at the back of the head

Usually the herm shows us a bearded (older) male portrait.
In this case we see a portrait of a young man.
The body has a fine circle decoration.

A herma, commonly herm in English, is a sculpture with a head and perhaps a torso above a plain, usually squared lower section, on which male genitals may also be carved at the appropriate height. Hermae were so called either because the head of Hermes was most common or from their etymological connection with the Greek word ἕρματα (érma, meaning blocks of stone), which originally had no reference to Hermes at all. The form originated in ancient Greece, and was adopted by the Romans (called mercuriae), and revived at the Renaissance in the form of term figures and atlantes.

provenance: old private collection in Bavaria.
Attractive dark patina.
Small piece of the bottom broken off, otherwise intact.


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

bronze Ø circa 30mm. ; weight 11,97gr.
Hattatt --
Green patina.
intact with pin


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 figure of and eagle, 1st / 3rd century AD

height 55mm. ; width 50mm. ; weight 78,05gr.

Eagle standing facing with spread wings. A wonderful and fierce cast-bronze figurine of a standing eagle with a raised head turned to its left. Fine feather detailing on the chest and wings.

The eagle was a highly-symbolic animal among the Roman military and was a great symbol of pride and victory in the eyes of the legions. Known as ″aquila″ in Latin, the eagle was a representation of honor, victory, and cohesiveness within a legion. One member of each legion was referred to as an aquilifer, or ″eagle-bearer,″ as it was their primary duty to carry and protect that legion′s designated eagle standard. If ever an aquila was lost or stolen, it was the primary obligation of the aquilifer to go to any lengths to recover the standard and see to its safe return. Losing an eagle standard was considered a grave omen for its respective legion and would typically lead to distrust and paranoia among the legionaries. To quote a piece of historical fiction set in Roman Britain entitled The Eagle of the Ninth (Rosemary Sutcliff, 1954), ″Eagle lost, honor lost; honor lost, all lost.″

Provenance: French private collection.
Acquired at the French art marked in the 1960′s.

attractive greenbrown patina
left paw missing, otherwise intact


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - ROMAN IMPERIAL - Bronze figure of Fortuna (Tyche) - 2nd century AD

height 67mm. ; weight 36,25gr.

Bronze figure of Fortuna (Greek, Tyche), goddess of fortune and luck. She is standing frontal, on her head she wears a diadem with a modius on top, and dressed with a long chiton and himation, that is draped gracefully over her left shoulder, left arm and around her right hip. Her right hand extends down to hold the rudder and her left hand holds the cornucopia, the horn of plenty.

The goddess is standing is a majestic posture. Her head with centrally parted wavy hair, falling at the back with a twist of hair. Her face with engraved features, straight nose and small lips. The figure is standing frontal and frozen with rather schematic details, as typical to the period.

Her attributes symbolize her characteristics as a goddess: the modius represents a grain-measure which symbolize powers over fecundity,   the rudder indicates that she was controlling the luck and the cornucopia indicates that she was the goddess of fortune.

provenance; from an English private collection. Acquired on the London art market in the 1980′s
minor crack in the rudder


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 - 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 - 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 ropes 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 - 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 - CENTRAL EUROPE - Bronze fibula (brooch) with iron pin, 3rd/4th century AD

length circa 78mm. ; bronze 21,07gr.
Rich decoration and very attractive green patina. Rare type.
complete with iron pin, but pin heavily corroded


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECTS - NORTH AFRICA - Roman terracotta oil lamp with handle, 3rd / 4th century AD

length circa 11cm. ; weight circa 114 gram
So called ″African Lamp″

In the centre draped and cuirassed bust of a King with high headdress and holding sceptre in his left hand, branches on left and right. Filling holes besides the King’s bust. Clearly not a Roman emperor is depicted here, but rather an oriental or African ruler. Very interesting and unusual decoration. Very rare.

provenance: German private collection
Intact and very attractive


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 - ROMAN/BYZANTINE - Bronze ring, circa 4th / 6th century AD

weight 6,09gr. ; bronze circa Ø 18mm. (inner size)
Bronze ring with pointed oval shaped bezel engraved with cut linear design.
Dark patina.


ARCHAEOLOGICAL OBJECT - LATE ROMAN/ EARLY BYZANTINE - Golden Chi-Rho ring, circa 4th / 7th century AD

weight 3,50gr. ; gold circa Ø 18mm. (inside size) 

Openwork ring with XP monogram between the Greek letters A - Ѡ. (Alpha and Omega). This X (Chi) P (Rho) symbol, which derives its name from the first two letters of Jesus (XPIΣTOΣ) name written in Greek, is one of the most important motifs of ancient Christianity. The symbol is traditionally associated with the emperor Constantine the Great, who saw this sign in a vision before the Battle of the Milvian Bridge outside Rome in AD.

Highly interesting and rare.


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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