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Greek Agate Kohl Pot, 5th-3rd century BC

Greek Agate Kohl Pot, 5th-3rd century BC

A carved agate kohl pot or cosmetics phial formed as two addorsed rams’ foreparts and two bulls’, the rim formed by the conjoined horns of the rams. 99 grams, 60mm (2 ¼").

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Greek Terracotta Standing Kore, 6th-5th Centur…

Greek Terracotta Standing Kore, 6th-5th Century BC

A hollow-formed terracotta kore with modeling to the front and sides, wearing a draped robe with pleated lower section and fold across the chest and left shoulder; ribbed and banded undergarment to the chest; elaborate braided hairstyle with pellets, finely modeled face with piercings beside the neck; hands raised to the left breast with three finger rings. 23 kg, 105cm (41 ¼")

The piece displays styles of Eastern Greek workmanship, possibly from one of the Greek islands, Cyprus, or one of the Greek colonies such as Cyrenaica, and is that of a kore (pl. korai), the name given to a type of free-standing ancient Greek sculpture of the Archaic period depicting female figures, always of a young age. They show the restrained “archaic smile”, but, unlike the nude male kouroi, the korai are depicted in thick drapery, ornate, and in painted examples very colorful. They often have elaborate braided hairstyles. There are a number of theories as to whom they represent with the most popular being that of the goddess Persephone as some are shown holding a pomegranate, a fruit associated with the goddess of the Eleusinian Mysteries.

Another theory is that they represent images of wealthy patrons and were set up in temples as offerings to the gods and to be a constant presence before the deity. Korai are found in most of the ancient cities of the Greek world, with the most famous being those from the Acropolis in Athens. Although they show a similarity in form with the arms either by the side or held up and holding a votive offering, the clothes reveal regional styles and the fashions of the elite in archaic Greek society.

Greek Gold Earrings with Pearl Seed Beads, 3rd…

Greek Gold Earrings with Pearl Seed Beads, 3rd Century BC

Hellenistic Gilt Silver Bowl with Complex Orna…

Hellenistic Gilt Silver Bowl with Complex Ornament, 2nd-1st Century BC

A
shallow silver bowl with thickened chamfered rim, concentric gilt bands,
one with reserve scrolled vines with bunches of grapes on a textured
field; central disc with octofoil and four radiating leaves, coiled
tendrils on a pointillé textured field with running wave border. 254
grams, 17.5cm (6 ¾".

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Rare Gold Drachm from Thasos, C. 380 BC

Rare Gold Drachm from Thasos, C. 380 BC

The obverse has the image Dionysos wearing an ivy-wreath and the reverse has the inscription ΘAΣION behind Herakles, who’s wearing a lion’s skin headdress, kneeling and shooting an arrow, a K is inscribed on the right, all within a linear square within an incuse square. This rare coin sold at auction for around 82,500 USD.

Thasos is an island off the ancient Thracian coast in the northern Agean Sea. The island was important in wine trade and also controlled rich gold and silver mines on the mainland. It was colonized at an early date by Phoenicians who founded a temple to the god Melqart, whom the Greeks identified as “Tyrian Heracles.” The temple still existed in the time of Herodotus.

Rare Greek Bronze Amulet of the Goddess Baubo,…

Rare Greek Bronze Amulet of the Goddess Baubo, 5th-3rd Century BC

A suspension hoop is at top of head of the goddess, who is seen nude with her hands on her knees, revealing her over-sized vulva. Baubo was a fun-loving, bawdy, yet wise, goddess who played a crucial role in preserving the fertility of the land in ancient Greece. This piece may have been worn by a person connected with the Eleusinian Mysteries.1.25 inches (3.1cm) high

Eastern Greek Gold Double Horse Earrings, Cau…

Eastern Greek Gold Double Horse Earrings, Caucasian, 5th-4th Century BC

A matched pair of hollow-formed sheet gold earrings, each an addorsed pair of horse-heads with filigree and granule detailing, filigree loop to each mouth, coil to each forehead, six loops to the underside each with a chain and sheet gold date(?) pendant; to each face an inset glass cabochon; twisted wire loop above. 18 grams total, 59-63mm (2 ½")

Greek Terracotta Figure of a Woman, Boeotia, T…

Greek Terracotta Figure of a Woman, Boeotia, Tanagran, circa 3rd Century BC

Standing in a graceful attitude on a rectangular base with her right hand on her hip and holding an apple in her left hand, her left arm resting on a column, and wearing a long chiton and enveloping himation, her hair arranged in a melon coiffure with large circular chignon behind. Height 20.6 cm.

Greek Corinthian Gold Myrtle Wreath, 330-250 B…

Greek Corinthian Gold Myrtle Wreath, 330-250 BC     

In ancient Greece, wreaths made from plants like laurel, ivy, and myrtle
were awarded to athletes, soldiers, and royalty. Similar wreaths were
designed in gold and silver for the same purposes or for religious
functions. This example conveys the language of love.
A plant sacred to the goddess Aphrodite, myrtle was a symbol of love.
Greeks wore wreaths made of real myrtle leaves at weddings and banquets,
received them as athletic prizes and awards for military victories, and
wore them as crowns to show royal status.
By the Hellenistic period (300–30 BC), the wreaths were made of gold
foil; too fragile to be worn, they were created primarily to be buried
with the dead as symbols of life’s victories. The naturalistic myrtle
leaves and blossoms on this wreath were cut from thin sheets of gold,
exquisitely finished with stamped and incised details, and then wired
onto the stems. Most that survive today were found in graves.

Extremely Rare Hekte with Helios & Horses,…

Extremely Rare Hekte with Helios & Horses, C. 410 BC

An electrum hekte from Kyzikos, Mysia with a naked Helios kneeling while holding two horses by their bridles; a tunny fish, the civic badge of Kyzikos, is below them while the reverse side is a quadripartite incuse square. Extremely fine and extremely rare, almost certainly the finest known.  

The engravers of the Kyzicene coinage drew their ideas from numerous sources, both local and foreign.  Here, the inter-connected mythological relationships of Helios to Apollo; and Apollo as father to the city-founder Kyzikos point to an indigenous origin. The symmetrically balanced composition of the sun-god Helios flanked by the horses’ foreparts must have been sculptural in inspiration and it has been suggested that since the composition on the obverse is perfectly square that it was copied from a metope of a temple. Although full staters bearing this composition exist in some numbers, the hektes are exceedingly rare.