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Large, ancient Greek terracotta kore, estimated at $19,000-$23,000

Jasper52 presents its next Ancient Arts Auction, Feb. 22

Large, ancient Greek terracotta kore, estimated at $19,000-$23,000
Large, ancient Greek terracotta kore, estimated at $19,000-$23,000

NEW YORK – On Wednesday, February 22, starting at noon Eastern time, Jasper52 will present a 50-lot sale titled Ancient Arts Auction. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The items on offer span the ancient civilizations of Greece, Egypt, Rome and other sites and regions. Choice pieces include a Mesopotamian male head, carved from limestone; an inscribed Egyptian double kohl tube, decorated with an image of a woman with short hair holding a lotus flower; a Roman marble head of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty and love; an Attic pottery red-figure owl skyphos; and a Mesopotamian foundation figure depicted carrying a basket, fashioned from bronze that has acquired an attractive green patina.

Other objects of note include a set of six Egyptian miniature alabaster vessels, still in their original wooden stand; a Roman bronze lion head mount; a red-figured kylix decorated with the image of a winged horse; an Egyptian faience shabti; a fragmentary Roman marble figure of Leda and the swan; a Byzantine silvered copper fibula, a type of garment fastener, which features an image of the Greek Christian martyr St. Demetrius; and a Egyptian limestone or stucco stele in the form of the upper body of a woman, which has been painted.

Greek marble funerary stele, estimated at $14,000-$17,000
Greek marble funerary stele, estimated at $14,000-$17,000

Highlights include a rectangular circa-1st century Greek funerary stele, rendered in marble with a recessed panel sculpted in relief. It depicts the deceased flanked by two attendants; the one on the left is portrayed with a bent right arm and her fingers to her chin, conveying mourning, and the one on the right holds a casket. The stele is estimated at $14,000-$17,000.

Also featured is an Egyptian bronze figure of the deities Isis and Horus, dating to the Third Intermediate – Late Period, circa 747-525 BC. The goddess Isis is shown seated suckling the infant Horus. She wears a lunar disc with horns, a tripartite wig with finely incised details, and a close fitting dress ornamented with a broad collar, while little Horus wears the characteristic plaited side lock of youth and a broad incised collar. Isis’s long, slender feet rest on a rectangular plinth with a hieroglyphic inscription naming the owner as Pa-wedja, son of Iah-ir-dis. It is estimated at $45,000-$54,000.

Egyptian bronze figure of Isis and Horus, estimated at $45,000-$54,000
Egyptian bronze figure of Isis and Horus, estimated at $45,000-$54,000

Completing the highlights is a large ancient Greek terracotta kore figure, estimated at $19,000-$23,000. The lot notes state: “This charming example of a Archaic Kore displays the artist’s attention to drapery and form. This piece is modeled after statues, such as the contemporary marble korai from the Acropolis. The end result is a well-composed, pleasing terracotta votive that would have graced the altar of a temple as a dedication to a goddess, symbolizing eternal service and worship.”

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