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Classical Antiquities, Islamic & Near Eastern Art

Welcome to the Classical, Islamic & Near Eastern Art Gallery. Offered here are ancient Classical and Egyptian Antiquities as well as Islamic and Near Eastern artifacts. This gallery will be regularly updated so check back often. Please ask if you would like additional photos or more in-depth descriptions. Enjoy your treasure hunt...

NOTE: All items being offered on this website have appropriate provenance and are legal to buy and own under the United States statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, Chapter 14. Every purchase comes with a written certificate of authenticity (COA) and are fully guaranteed to be as described. Provenance and accurate, detailed condition information is included with each listing.

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Greek Pottery Blackware Kylix Wine Cup Greek Blackware Kylix (Wine Cup) — Southern Italy

340 BC - 325 BC

A small Magna Graecia pottery kylix (Apulia or Campania) circa 4th Century BC. A blackware wine cup with low footed base and twin horizontal handles as is typical. In fair condition. A rim shard reattached with break line restored. Both handles partially restored. Minor paint loss and deposits present. Has an unusual 'design' on the underside; a maker's mark, owner's name or purely accidental? Ex. K. Boudreau estate, Sarasota, FL.

Approx. 5.75" across x 1.5" tall.

$200

Hellenistic Early Roman Arretine Stemed Cup Chalice Vessel Arretine Pottery Vessel — Roman Regions

50 BC - 100 AD

A lovely stemmed gray-ware vessel dating to the Late Hellenistic Period - Early Roman Period. Pottery of this type was created in both red and gray wares. It was made and traded far and wide throughout the Mediterranean region. This particular example was likely a regional variant of Arretine pottery. Relief molded with Classical motifs; it shows two opposing griffins and two phoenix separated by palmettes, all below a band of small palmettes. The rounded bowl (cup) sits on a footed base and short stem. In fair condition. Assembled from around a dozen original pieces with small losses replaced and break lines restored. Appears intact and displays well. Ex. F. Koehler collection of San Francisco, CA.

Approx. 5.5" tall x 6" across.

$575

Persian Copper Cauldron Kettle Cooking Pot Persian Copper Situla — Middle East

15th - 17th Century

A large copper 'Situla' (vessel/bucket) from Persia dating to the Safavid Dynasty. The slightly corseted sides are repousse' embossed with Islamic script (words) and other geometric decorations, typical of the period. The copper has aged to a deep verdigris patina in shades of green and black. The rusted iron handle with suspension loop at the top is probably a later replacement. In very good condition. There's a circular repair in the bottom; likely mended at some point to extend its use. Several holes have been punched through the bottom; possibly (more recently) converted to a hanging planter. Overall, a very large and attractive example. Ex. S. Tyson collection of Florida.

Approx. 14" across x 8" tall, not including the handle.

$600

Luristan Bronze Short Sword Luristan Bronze Sword — Near East

1200 BC - 800 BC

A nice Luristan bronze age sword from ancient Persia. Heavily cast with a long, slender double-edged blade that tapers gently to the tip. The handle has recesses on both sides that once held decorative inlays of wood, bone or ivory; long lost to time. In near excellent condition. Intact with no breaks, cracks or repairs. A fine example. Custom metal display stand is included. Ex. Cookston collection of Atlanta, GA. Ex. Los Angeles private collection.

Approx. 16.5" long. Just under 8" tall on the stand.

$650

Ancient Luristan Inscribed Bronze Dagger Blade Knife Luristan Inscribed Dagger — Persia

1000 BC - 800 BC

An exceedingly rare inscribed Luristan dagger from ancient Persia. Cast in bronze with a tapered blade and handle that ends with a flared pommel. The inscription is an eastern alphabetic script, a derivative of a form of Aramaic showing Gandharan influence. The inscription on the front is a sword (or dagger) symbol followed by several 'letters' that likely translate to a single name. The reverse has a similar sword symbol and a shorter word or date. Although inscribed weapons from this culture and era are very rare, some have been translated and indicate they are inscribed with the names of kings that ruled during the time that the weapons were created. It is thought that these inscribed daggers were given to only very high ranking military personnel; possibly gifts from the king for exceptional valor or bravery in battle. Another theory is that inscribed daggers were owned only by soldiers that were tasked with protecting the king himself or guarding the royal family. A fine and seldom seen example with a rich verdigris patina. In excellent condition. Completely intact with no repairs or restoration. The inscriptions are clear and could be translated by an expert in ancient Gandharan or similar linguist. Custom metal display stand is included.

Ex. Kent collection of the U.K.

Approx. 7.25" long. 9.25' tall on the stand.

$600

Near Eastern Persian Stone Bactrian Cosmetic Palette Bactrian Cosmetic Palette — Near Eastern

2nd to 1st Millennium BC

An exceedingly rare Bactrian cosmetics palette from ancient Persia. Beautifully carved from a light-weight black stone; most likely anthracite. Rectangular form with a recessed center containing three deep depressions which held various cosmetics. The top border and all four sides are decorated with concentric circles, typical of Bactrain stone carvings. In fair to good condition. Deposits, some pitting and flaking present on the sides and bottom, but is intact with no repairs or restoration. Ex. A. Weinberger of NYC, acquired from an old New York collection. Approx. 3" x 2" x 1"

$375

Ancient Egyptian Alabaster Spindle Whorl Alabaster Spindle Whorl — Egypt

1st Millennium BC

A rare and very large ancient Egyptian alabaster (stone) spindle whorl. It features a finely carved flat disk with a short cylindrical shaft protruding from a central hole that would have held the wooden spindle. A very thin and delicate example. In fair to good condition. Generally intact and original with some light surface erosion and moderate deposits present. Chips missing from the central shaft that appear to be ancient damage. No repairs or restoration. Shows nice translucency.

Ex. A. Weinberger of NYC, acquired from an old New York collection.

Just over 2.25" in diameter.

$275

Near Eastern Roman Egyptian Pottery Oil Lamps Pottery Oil Lamps — Mid and Near Eastern

Lamp 1 (left) - A Jewish 'menorah lamp' from the Holyland dating to the 4th to 6th Century AD. In poor to fair condition. Cracks at the wick hole and manufacturing flaws on the bottom. Somewhat crudely made and doesn't sit level, but is completely original with no restoration or repairs. 4.25" long.

Lamp 2 (right) - A Roman-Egyptian oil lamp dating to the 1st to 2nd Century AD. Impressed decoration around the fill hole and deposits on the surface. Intact, with no repairs or restoration. 3.5" long.

Ex. A. Weinberger of NYC, acquired from an old New York collection.

$225 each or $400 for both.


Persian Parthian Pottery Ceramic Pitcher Vessel Parthian Pottery Vessel — Persia

3rd to 1st Century BC

An early Parthian pottery pitcher (pouring vessel) from ancient Persia. Thickly potted with a footed base and rounded body that tapers to a corseted spout and loop handle. Covered in a yellowish-green alkali glaze with darker areas on the upper shoulder. Heavy deposits, mineralization and encrustation on the exterior surface. A few surface imperfections appear to be original to its manufacturing and are common for this period. In fair condition. The spout rim and handle are partially restored, otherwise intact.

Ex. M. Dailey collection of Charlotte, NC.

Approx. 6.5" tall x 3" across.

$225


Roman Holy land Incised Terracotta Bowls Roman Pottery Bowls — Holy Land

0 AD - 100 AD

Two ancient Roman pottery bowls from the Holy Land dating to the 1st Century AD. Made of orange-red terracotta, typical of the area and period. Both are an elegant form, thin-walled and well made. Each is decorated with incised horizontal lines and impressed dots. Both have some minor erosion, light deposits and earthen encrustation.

Bowl 1 (top) - In near excellent condition. Two small chips in the base, else intact. Approx. 4.75" x 1.75"

Bowl 2 (bottom) - Condition is very good. Two small rim chips and a hairline crack have been restored, otherwise nicely preserved. Approx. 4" across x 1.75" tall

Ex. M. Dailey collection of Charlotte, NC.

$125 each or $200 for both.

Mid-Eastern Brass Scribes Pen Inkwell Travelers Case Box Islamic Pen Case — Middle East

Early to Mid 20th Century

An antique scribe's pen box and inkwell. These portable brass containers were used to hold quills and ink during desert expeditions. The pen box and inkwell have hinged lids and are decorated with engraved floral designs. In near excellent condition. A nice, older example. Custom metal display stand included.

Approx. 7.25" long. Approx. 3.25" tall on the stand.

$150

Roman Holy Land Oil Lamp Roman Oil Lamp — Holy Land

1st Century AD

A small Roman mold-made terracotta oil lamp from the Holy Land, dating to the time of Herod the Great and Jesus. It has a lug-type handle and is decorated with 4 concentric rows of raised nodes. There's a wick hole and a center hole for filling with oil. A fine and prefectly preserved example with ample surface deposits present inside and out.

Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

Approx. 2.75" across x 1.5" tall

$150


Persian Illuminated Manuscript Page — Persia

Age unknown

A Persian illuminated manuscript page. Exact age is unknown, but is most likely 19th Century, possibly earlier. Nicely painted on the front showing men on horseback in conflict with large cats. In the background three women are observing the battle from behind rocks and trees. The reverse has a partial drawing and two vertical rows of script. In poor condition with tattered edges and staining, but the painted image is clear and the colors are moderately vibrant. Old repairs on the back have tears secured with tape. Being sold as-is and unframed.

Approx. 4.5" across x 8" tall

$125


Ancient Islamic Oil Lamp Islamic Oil Lamp — Near East

7th to 12th Century AD

An unusual Islamic, medieval-period, oil lamp from ancient Persia. Footed base with a handle inside the bowl which may have been used for suspension. The surface is a light greenish-yellow glaze with craquelure throughout. In good condition with several rim chips restored otherwise intact. Some staining at the wick area and underneath with encrusted deposits around the base. A nice example and a rare type.

Just under 4" long x 2" tall

$200



Medieval Persian Redware Pottery Pitcher Vessels Persian Redware Pitchers — Near East

1100 AD - 1400 AD

Two Persian redware terracotta vessels dating to the Medieval Period. This type of high-fired table wares, made for everyday use, are similar in style to earlier Roman types. Both are typical utilitarian wares and are like those found in and around the Odeion.

Vessel #1 (left). A pitcher with loop handle and pouring spout. In very good condition. A small hole has been restored, otherwise intact. Approx. 7.5" tall.

Vessel #2 (Right). A pitcher with loop handle and tapered neck. In good condition. A 3"x3" section of the upper rim has been restored, otherwise intact. Approx. 8.5" tall.

Vessel #1 has been SOLD. $200 for the remaining vessel.



Ancient Greek Duanian Spectacle Kaythos Dipper Duanian "Spectacle" Kaythos — Southern Italy

400 BC - 300 BC

A lovely Greek Duanian Kaythos (wine ladle - dipper) from Southern Italy. A round, shallow bowl with tall strap handle all painted with red and dark brown geometric decoration. The rim shows thin bands with wider bands in the bottom, encircling a segmented square in the center. The handle, painted in fineline linear and diamond shapes, is topped with double-ring 'spectacles'. The underside is painted with concentric bands, chevrons and a central square. Condition is very good. The handle has been reattached in two places with breaks restored along with two areas of rim restoration and some light paint touch ups. There are minor paint losses and scattered deposits overall. Areas of the bottom are heavily encrusted with thick deposits. A rare type and desirable form.

Bowl is approx. 7" across and handle is approx. 4.5" tall

$775



Persian Kashan Copper Ewer Kashan Copper Ewer — Persia

1100 AD - 1300 AD

A large Kashan copper ewer from Central Persia dating to the Seljuk Period. Footed base and rounded body with stepped shoulder, topped by a tall tapering spout. Made from hammered copper and shows the remains of a bronze handle which attached on the side and again near the top of the spout. The missing handle would have likely been a tall arched type, typical of the period. May have also once had a hinged lid. Condition is poor to fair. Heavily encrusted over the green (verdigris) surface with rust and staining where the handle was once attached. One large hole and other smaller losses along with cracks and dents. Some areas are thin and fragile, but overall is stable and displayable. Definitely shows its age, but is a rare survivor of the period.

Approx. 12.5" tall x 7" across.

$450



Luristan Bronze Spear Points and Javelin Point Luristan Bronze Points — Persia - Middle East

1000 BC - 800 BC

Three fine Luristan bronze age weapon points from ancient Persia. All are heavily encrusted and have a nice patina. They display well on custom metal stands which are included as shown.

Point #1 (left) is a spear point with tang intact. Minor blade edge losses otherwise in very good condition. Approx. 7.5". Approx. 10.25" tall on the stand.

Point #2 (center) is a rare javelin point. Intact and near excellent condition. Approx. 9.5". Approx. 11" tall on the stand.SOLD

Point #3 (right) is a spear point with tang intact. In very good condition. Minor repair to the tip, otherwise choice. Approx. 9.75". Approx. 10.25" tall on the stand.

Ex. J. Behnkin estate of Atlanta, GA.

Point #2 is SOLD. Remaining points are $250 each or $450 for both.



Ancient Islamic Oil Lamp and Salt Cellar Bamiyan Oil Lamp and Bowl — Afghanistan

12th Century AD

A lovely Bamiyan pottery oil lamp from ancient Persia. Has a light blue-green glaze, ribbed sides and raised geometric designs around the top. Considerable deposits and areas of iridescence. Condition is very good. Some glaze loss and craquelure. Chipping down both sides of the wick opening, otherwise intact. A nice example. Approx. 6" long. - $450

Small Bamiyan pottery bowl; likely a salt cellar. Green glaze inside. In very good condition. Intact with moderate deposits and exterior glaze loss. Approx. 2.5" across. - $100

Priced individually or $500 for both pieces.



Indus Valley Pottery Bowl Nal Pottery Bowl — Indus Valley

3500 BC - 2500 BC

A very large and attractive Indus Valley pottery vessel from the Nal Culture of Baluchistan, dating to the early Bronze Age. An unusual form with flat bottom and top. The sides are slightly corseted. Buff terracotta; nicely decorated with complex painted geometric designs. Condition is quite good. One shard reglued and the break restored. The interior break line has not been restored. Minor losses have been replaced and the paint touched up. Areas of light earthen deposits remain. An exceptional example and much larger than most.

Ex. G. Alderman collection. Ex. K. Godsoe collection.

6.25" across x 3.5" tall

$725



Greek Grayware Oinochoe Vessel Greek Grayware Oinochoe — Greece

500 BC - 200 BC

Large Greek grayware Oinochoe. Elegant tapered form with a tall body and strap handle. Light gray clay with areas of black slip remaining. Unlike the ornate examples made for the wealthy, this is a utilitarian vessel used by average, working-class Greek citizens. Overall condition is very good. The handle and areas of the spout are restored, otherwise intact. A few scrapes and dings consistent with age.

This piece was originally collected by an Orthodox priest on the Isle of Rhodes in the 1950s. This piece and several others in the priest's collection were later obtained by the founder of "The World Museum of Man" in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Approx. 7.5" tall - 2.5" across

$425



Greek Oinochoe Vessel Greek Pottery Oinochoe — Greece

500 BC - 200 BC

Greek terracotta Oinochoe. Nicely formed with a tall body, strap handle and trefoil spout. Light orange clay with areas of red slip remaining along with traces of black linear decoration. Unlike the ornate examples made for the wealthy, this is a utilitarian vessel used by average, working-class Greek citizens. Overall condition is very good. Areas of the spout are restored. Also, the strap handle was broken and break restored, otherwise intact.

This piece was originally collected by an Orthodox priest on the Isle of Rhodes in the 1950s. This piece and several others in the priest's collection were later obtained by the founder of "The World Museum of Man" in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Approx. 6" tall - 2.5" across

$375



Greek Kyathos Handled Cup Greek Pottery Kyathos — Greece

500 BC - 200 BC

Redware Greek Kyathos from the Isle of Rhodes. Well formed bowl with a large strap handle. Heavily encrusted surface consistent with age. This is a "common man's" plainware Kyathos. Unlike the ornately painted blackware examples made for the wealthy elite, this is a utilitarian vessel used by average, working-class Greek citizens. Condition is generally good. Two small rim chips have been restored. The strap handle has been paritally restored, otherwise intact.

This piece was originally collected by an Orthodox priest on the Isle of Rhodes in the 1950s. This piece and several others in the collection were later obtained by the founder of "The World Museum of Man" in Altamonte Springs, Florida.

Approx. 5" across x 2" tall

$250



Large Etruscan Pottery Vessel Etruscan Vessel — Italy

800 BC - 700 BC

Large Etruscan pottery vessel in a (seldom seen) deep red color. An elegant form with ribbed sides, low footed base, strap handle and a thin neck topped by a wide spout. A rare form; the ribbed (pumpkin shape) is very uncommon. In good condition. Assembled from original pieces with restored breaks, but appears intact and near choice. Shows nice deposits of mineral and earthen encrustation, somewhat heavy in some areas. Displays beautifully.

Please refer to the "Restoration Services" area of this site to see before & after photos of the repairs on this piece.

Approx. 5.25" tall x 5" across

$750



Large Greek Aryballos Large Corinthian Aryballos — Corinth, Greece

600 BC - 550 BC

Large Greek Corinthian aryballos. Typical round-bodied with thick flat rim and strap handle. Nicely decorated with concentric bands of red and orange around the middle. Flower pedal designs at the shoulder and broad stripes around the top of the spout. This type of vessel was used in ancient times to hold precious scented oils and perfumes. Globular aryballos were used by Greek men, the elongated versions (called alabastrons) were used by women. Overall condition is very good. No breaks, cracks or repairs. Several scraps and dings as is common. Some areas of paint loss and mineral encrustations as would be expected. Rare for its size and near choice.

Approx. 3.25" tall x 2.5" across.

$500



Medieval Carving Antique Wood Carving — Europe

1600 AD - 1800 AD, Possibly Earlier

Small oak decorative carving from Europe, most likely from England. Nicely carved face surrounded by scroll-work (hair), executed in high relief. Beautifully detailed face with eyes upturned toward the heavens. Originally used as a church pew decoration, it shows some wear as would be expected, but overall in excellent condition with no breaks or cracks. One tiny chip missing from the lower lip.

This pieces was sold to me as Early Medieval 600-800 AD - I have since been told it is much later so I have changed the description and price. This is outside my area of expertise. If any of you experts out there can help positively date this item, your input is welcome. Thank you.

Approx. 3" tall x 2.5" wide. Just over 1" thick.

$200


Greek Large Pottery Skyphos Greek Pottery Skyphos — Southern Italy

4th Century BC

Medium sized terracotta skyphos with ring-type base and thick handles at the rim. Once black but now shows some wear and glaze loss. Interesting weathered surface. Broken and reassembled from 4 large pieces with unrestored breaks. Displays nicely. Ex. Arte Primitivo

4.5" tall x 8" across

$450


Oil Pitcher Roman Pottery Pitcher — Holy Land

3rd Century AD

Nice pottery pitcher from the Holy Land, dating to the Roman Period. Lovely form with wide body, loop handle and trefoil spout. Probably used in ancient times to hold oil and fill lamps. Encrusted on the bottom but in excellent condition. No cracks, breaks or repairs.

3.5" tall x 3.75" across

$175


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