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Roman Erotic Bronze Ring with Leda and the Swan
July 18, 2015 - 2:51 pm
Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman

Roman Erotic Bronze Ring with Leda and the Swan

Erotic type ring showing Leda making love to Zeus, who was in the form of a swan.  The head of the swan is seen kissing her breasts.  This exceptional bronze ring was made for a young woman or girl.  Possibly worn by an individual who was engaged in the sex trade, and lived in a Roman resort city such as Pompeii.  Rare in this quality, and a superb example. 



Rare Roman Iron Plumbata Mamillata Javelin Head
February 1, 2015 - 2:27 am
Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman

Rare Roman Iron Plumbata Mamillata Javelin Head

This piece is an extremely rare Roman weapon of arms.  This piece was designed to travel further than most Roman spears and/or javelins, and was designed to wound, rather than kill.  There are only a handful of these pieces that are recorded, as they were made from iron and the attached lead weight was molded around the shaft.



Mint Roman Glass Amber Flask with Brilliant Reddish-Gold Patina
February 1, 2015 - 2:22 am
Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman : Glass

Mint Roman Glass Amber Flask with Brilliant Reddish-Gold Patina

This mint quality piece is an exceptional 1st century A.D. Roman glass flask, as it has a reddish-gold iridescent patina which is not a common feature relative to ancient Roman glass.  The patina is much more brilliant than what the photos show.       



Sensual Greek Attic Column Krater: Ex Florence Painter
January 30, 2015 - 8:30 am
Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek

Sensual Greek Attic Column Krater: Ex Florence Painter

Wonderful mint quality Greek Attic ceramic attributed to the Florence Painter, and there are very few ancient Greek Attic ceramics attributed to this painter.  Erotic scene with a young male water carrier who is seen partially nude, and is being admired by two standing figures.       



Mint and Scarce Greek Xenon Plate with Goddess
November 2, 2014 - 4:10 pm
Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek

Mint and Scarce Greek Xenon Plate with Goddess

This Greek Xenon culture plate is mint quality, and depicts a young goddess.  Xenon pieces usually are designed as a kylix or a kantharos, and large plates of this size are scarce to rare.  In addition, this beautiful piece displays a young goddess, rather than a standing swan, or a running dog or hare which is normally depicted on Xenon type pieces.



Greek Macedonian Silver Tetradrachm with Artemis Bust
December 3, 2013 - 8:26 pm
Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Greek

Greek Macedonian Silver Tetradrachm with Artemis BustBeautiful Greek Macedonian Silver Tetradrachm with Artemis Bust

This beautiful Greek coin features a bust of Artemis with her bow quiver behind.  She is seen as a young girl which is an artistic style that is seldom seen, and the entire obverse composition is designed as a hoplite shield.  This coin has extremely high relief and is in near Mint State condition.



X-Rare Moche Blackware Manta Ray Stirrup-Jar
December 13, 2012 - 6:54 pm
Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery

X-Rare Moche Blackware Manta Ray Stirrup-JarX-Rare Moche Blackware Manta Ray Stirrup-Jar

This extremely rare piece is from an old European collection from the 1970's.  This piece shows a human face/head that is seen in a "transformation" process.  Superb to mint quality, and seldom seen on the market.