Roman antiquities to star at Ancient Resource Auctions April 6
MONTROSE, Calif. – A Roman marble bust of the deity Serapis from the first to third century and a lovely Roman bronze lion mask door knocker from the same period are just two highlights in an online-only Antiquities Discovery Sale on Saturday, April 6, at 9 a.m. Pacific time by Ancient Resource Auctions. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
The sale will feature a fantastic selection of authentic, museum-quality items from various Roman, Greek, Egyptian, Near Eastern and Pre-Columbian cultures, plus other ethnographic and antique items at price points certain to please.
The Roman bronze lion mask door knocker is nicely detailed and patinated. It’s an attractive example of a decorative door device that persists to this day. They’re enormously popular in the UK, where the Prime Minister maintains one. The one in the sale should bring $1,000-$1,500.
The Roman marble bust of Serapis depicts the deity robed with a heavy beard, a modius atop his head. His features are carved with narrow eyes, a wide flat nose and pursed lips. The bust stands a little more than 6 inches tall. It’s an interesting piece that carries an estimate of $1,500-$2,500.
Another lot to watch is the handsome Egyptian alabaster jar (Ptolemaic, circa second to first century B.C.). Well-carved in semitranslucent stone, the 6-inch-tall jar features a body tapered to a flattened foot, short wide-rim neck and two vertical lug handles. It’s estimated at $1,200-$2,000.
A Byzantine, or early Fatimid period, yellow-green glass bowl, circa ninth-tenth century, 4 inches in diameter and of solid construction, with the glass translucent with beautiful color and the interior having a lovely, multicolored iridescence, should realize $700-$1,000, while a Roman pale yellow glass bottle, Eastern Mediterranean and dating to the fourth-fifth century, an attractive type with an ovoid body on a flared foot, carries an estimate of $450-$600.
A fantastic 21K yellow gold scarab bracelet, handsomely constructed with seven Egyptian steatite scarabs of similar size and shape, all but one from the New Kingdom (1570-1075 B.C.), including a sphinx, a crocodile and a lion, should make $600-$900. Also, a nice Near Eastern bronze dagger (circa 1200-800 B.C.), with the handle and blade cast as one piece, about 13½ inches in length and a well-preserved example, is expected to change hands for $600-$800.
A late Hellenistic terracotta figure of a robed woman, circa first century B.C., 9 inches tall, with the subject depicted with one knee raised up and wearing an attractive and interesting headdress, is estimated to fetch $450-$800. Also, an Egyptian bronze mummiform figure of Osiris, Egyptian Lord of the Underworld, dating to the Late Period (circa 664-332 B.C.), depicted wearing an Atef crown with uraeus and false beard, its arms folded at the chest, carries an estimate of $400-$700.
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