MONTROSE, Calif. – A large Byzantine double-spouted bronze lamp from the sixth or seventh century, an extraordinary circa 1000-1500 full-figure marble anthropic cohoba stand, and a marvelous third century B.C. Etruscan terra-cotta head of a man are just a few of the highlights in Ancient Resource Auctions’ online-only Auction #82 – An Exceptional Spring Antiquities Sale – on March 14. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction will begin at 9 a.m. Pacific time continue on through the afternoon that day. Up for bid are around 450 lots of authentic Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Near Eastern, Holy Land, Byzantine, Asian and Pre-Columbian antiquities, plus ethnographic art, Natural History items and other rare collectibles.
“We’re featuring an incredible selection of antiquities from a wide variety of cultures in our first major online auction of the new year,” said Gabriel Vandervort, the owner of Ancient Resource Auctions, adding, “Bidders are bound to get some wonderful pieces at great prices.”
With a presale estimate of $7,000-$10,000, the large Byzantine double-spouted bronze lamp (above) is a strong candidate for top lot of the auction. The 9¾-inch-tall lamp, on a flared pedestal foot, is lovely, with an elegant rounded body and well-preserved brown patinated surfaces with green deposits. Lamps with similar bodies and spout designs currently reside in the British Museum.
The full-figure marble anthropic cohoba stand was an item used in hallucinogenic ceremonies.
A bowl of cohoba would be placed on the effigy’s head and shared among participants. The stands were rarely made from stone, like this gorgeous 12½-inch-tall example (below). The figure’s head is turned backward – commonly seen in Taino Art (est. $6,000-$8,000).
The Etruscan terra-cotta head of a man, 10 inches tall, is an outstanding example. He is veiled and is wearing a narrow diadem decorated with rosettes. Four small pinecones adorn his forehead and his features are wonderfully modeled in high relief, his hair short and well defined. Last acquired through Sotheby’s, the piece should garner $4,000-$5,500.
A fine Egyptian bronze figure of the mother goddess Mut from the Late Period (circa 664-332 B.C.), depicted wearing a tight-fitting gown and striated wig, with uraeus surmounted by the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, 6¾ inches tall, has an estimate of $6,000-$7,500. Also, a rare Egyptian wooden Apis Bull figure, also from the Late Period, well carved from a single piece of cedar, should garner $5,500-$8,000.
A large and beautiful Egyptian polychrome figure of the funerary deity Ptah-Sokar-Osiris from the Late Period, 25¼ inches tall, depicted mummiform on a rectangular integral base and with much of the original paint preserved, is expected to fetch $5,000-$8,000; while a large Greek terra-cotta figure of a bearded deity from the Late Hellenistic Period (second-first century B.C.), 20¾ inches tall and very well preserved, should hit $4,000-$7,000.
An Apulian red-figure fish plate from the fourth century B.C., depicting three perch-type fish, each beautifully executed with great style and detail, about 5½ inches in diameter, carries a $3,500-$4,500 estimate. Also, a gorgeous Roman head of an enraptured Venus, the goddess of love, circa second century, likely once part of a paired statue with Pan, mounted on a marble stand, is estimated to reach $1,500-$3,000.
For details contact Ancient Resource Auctions at 818-425-9633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.