MONTROSE, Calif. – Ancient Resource Auctions’ online-only Spring Antiquities Discovery Auction on Saturday, June 29, at 9 am Pacific, is packed with approximately 375 lots of authentic, museum-quality and well-provenanced items from various Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Near Eastern, and Pre-Columbian cultures, as well as other ethnographic and antique items. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
Also featured will be a selection of antique and ancient reproduction pieces. “This sale is a wonderful opportunity for seasoned collectors looking to add to their collections, or anyone thinking of starting an antiquities collection,” said Gabriel Vandervort of Ancient Resource Auctions. “There are great bargains to be had across all the major categories.”
An interesting Egyptian bronze figure of Osiris (Late Period, circa 664-525 B.C.) is one of the expected top lots of the sale. The mummiform figure, his facial features handsome and his hands folded across his chest holding a crook and flail, is mounted on a custom base and stands just a little more than 3½ inches tall. It has a nice brown patina with coppery highlights (above).
Also expected to attract keen bidder attention is an Egyptian limestone ithyphallic Harpokrates (Late Period, circa 705-30 B.C.), 2¾ inches tall and custom mounted. The figure, with mineral deposits, is depicted nude, wearing a side-lock. He’s playing a harp supported on a large phallus.
A Costa Rican greenstone mace in the form of a human head (Guanacaste-Nicoya, circa A.D. 100-500), with bulging eyes, wide nose and a narrow-slit mouth, is 3 inches tall by 2¼ inches wide and was previously in the Costa-Mejia antiquities collection in California.
A striking Maya polychrome plate from Guatemala (circa A.D. 600-900) is 12¾ inches in diameter and was professionally restored from five pieces, with no new material added. It shows a frontal image of Tlaloc depicted as a war deity with other objects likely eccentric flint forms for bloodletting rituals. The plate boasts vivid paint, good mineral deposits and root marks. It makes for an impressive display and comes with a nice custom stand.
A Roman ceramic lamp in the form of a bull’s head (third-fourth century A.D.), has detailed eyes and horns, a nozzle jutting from the mouth and a ring handle at back. The bottom is flattened and bordered with a ridge. The piece measures a little less than 4 inches in length and exhibits the remains of dark gray-black slip beneath mineral encrustation.
A pair of Roman bronze fittings (circa first-third century A.D.) is from a chariot, a piece of furniture or similar object. The body is curved with four circular extensions at each corner and is surmounted by a heavy ring set atop a decorated base, while the interior has a second ring fastened to the underside. Each is well-preserved and from the same original object. Each is 4 inches by 4½ inches with a mottled green patina.
A huge strand of high-quality, primarily Egyptian multicolored faience disk beads, 48 inches long, is strung with several Egyptian faience amulets featuring standing deities, a faience plaque with black star pattern and long Egyptian faience tube beads. Included is an assortment of Islamic stone and glass beads and other stone beads of varying periods.
A medieval iron battle ax from Eastern Europe (circa 1100-1300), features a narrow neck and a wide, flat blade with curved cutting edge, the shaft mount having protrusions above and below with a square butt at the back. The top of the blade of the 7¼-inch by 7-inch medieval iron battle ax is lost but this is still a nice example, with an oxide patina.
A Near Eastern terra-cotta fertility figure (circa 1200-600 B.C.), the body rectangular with a square profile, her face detailed with recessed eyes and a prominent nose, her hair pulled back in rows to a large bun at the back of her head, stands 4¾ inches tall. The figure wears a collar and her exaggerated breasts are bordered with a garment.
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