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Artemis Gallery Live specialises in antiques, ancient and ethnographic art and they only sell authentic examples. All artefacts offered for sale are guaranteed ancient and authentic, and have been legally acquired and are legal to sell. The offer easy registration and accurate auction descriptions with professional photos for their online auctions.

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Hellenistic Greek Bronze Situla Handle w/ Spout

Ancient Greece, early Hellenistic period, ca. late 4th to 3rd century BCE. A beautiful cast-bronze situla handle with three primary components. The handle is comprised of a pair of semicircular grips with bent, rectangular forms boasting an upturned baluster terminal on each end. The handles are held in place with a mold-formed spout attachment in the form of a stylized lion head. The feline head depicts a flowing mane, a pair of cupped ears, arching eyebrows, circular eyes, a short nose, and a gaping mouth serving as the spout opening. Above the lion’s head are two petite perforations through which the handle terminals are fed. Each component is covered in smooth layers of dark-green and espresso hued patina, imbuing it with an elegant presentation characteristic of finely crafted Greek bronze! Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 9.5" L x 5" H (24.1 cm x 12.7 cm); 7.375" H (18.7 cm) on included custom stand. A similar example hammered for $19,200 at Sotheby's, New York Antiquities Auction (June 6, 2006, lot 50): http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2006/antiquities-n08215/lot.50.html Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #133403Read more

  • USAUSA
  • 7d 16h
Low estimate
2 000 USD

Roman Marble Sarcophagus Section - Winged Erote

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. Finely carved in low to high relief - a large section of a marble sarcophagus - the curved interior edge suggesting it was located at the corner of a sarcophagus - depicting a winged cherub, perhaps Cupid (Eros), with finely delineated feathery wings, facing the flaming torch to his right. In addition to possessing an impressive ability to render flesh from stone, the sculptor of this piece was skilled in communicating naturalism in Cupid's facial features - those generously lidded, almond-shaped eyes, apple cheeks, full lips, and that fleshy nose - framed by a wavy coiffure with curly locks. To the left is an elegantly detailed entablature with repeated curvilinear motifs below demarcated concave and convex bands. Size: 14.875" W x 8.375" H (37.8 cm x 21.3 cm); 13.75" H (34.9 cm) on included custom stand. Cupid or Eros was the mischievous yet endearing god of love, a minion, constant companion, and according to some classical writers, a son of the goddess Venus/Aphrodite. In the Roman period, Cupid had become a child, whereas to the earlier Greeks, Eros was a muscular youth. In time, ancient poets and artists multiplied Eros into a group of Erotes - winged gods of love or Roman Cupides. Hesiod describes a pair - Eros (Love) and Himeros (Desire) - both present at the birth of Aphrodite. However, later writers added a third Erote named Pothos (Passion). Some depicted twin Erotes - Eros (Love) and Anteros (Love Reciprocated) - who were usually shown gracing the scales of love. Eventually, poets multiplied them to envision an even greater number of winged putti. Indeed, the Erotes were the creations of poetic invention without any distinct mythology of their own - as opposed to Cupid/Eros, the God of Love. Sarcophagi became more popular at the beginning of the 2nd century CE when burial grew more favorable than cremation. Carved from stone, in this case marble, the panels were adorned with high and low relief mythological scenes, and by the 2nd century, it was also common to include a portrait of the deceased in a heroic guise. A rare and beauteous piece from ancient Rome! Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #136983Read more

  • USAUSA
  • 7d 16h
Low estimate
5 000 USD

18th C. Italian Painting on Silver Foil, Santa Barbara

Europe, Italy, ca. 18th century CE. An exquisite depiction of Santa Barbara created via a technique that is truly mindblowing! The image is finely painted on silver foil and then superimposed with a painstakingly hand-cut, lace-like paper overlay. Saint Barbara is dressed in elaborate embroidered and lace-trimmed garments of rich hues and sumptuous fabrics, holding a golden chalice as well as a huge peacock feather, a symbol of her immortality. Notice her chief attribute, a model of the tower where her father locked her away to discourage suitors at the lower right. (Was this the source for Rapunzel perhaps? See below.) All is set in an ornate gold-leaf frame with corner appliques that include seashell and floral motifs, quite characteristic of the 18th century Rococo period. Size: 7.125" L x 5.125" W (18.1 cm x 13 cm); 11" L x 9.375" W (27.9 cm x 23.8 cm) including frame Words can barely do justice to the intricately cut paper overlay featuring a balanced, symmetrical design comprised of floral foliage tendrils undulating throughout, an inscription below the oval portrait that reads, "S. Barbara" handwritten in gold upon a billowing white ribbon and a pair of cross-hatched oval forms with radiating fronds or legs that may represent sea creatures or insects to the left and right, and a red and white ovoid crest at the top center. Saint Barbara is a former Christian saint and virgin martyr believed to have lived in Asia Minor in the 3rd century. Her story dates to the 7th century and is retold in the Golden Legend. It is as follows: Dioscurus, the father of Barbara, was a heartless nobleman who had a tower built so that he could lock his daughter away to deter suitors. At first the tower only had two windows; however, Barbara persuaded the workmen to add a third when her father wasn't looking. She also secretly admitted a priest disguised as a doctor, who baptized her to become Christian. When her father returned, Barbara declared that the three windows symbolized the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost who ignited her soul. Dioscurus grew enraged and chased his daughter who had fled the tower. She hid in the crevice of a rock; however, a shepherd told her father of her hiding place. Once found, Barbara was dragged out by the hair and beaten by her father who next handed her over to the Roman authorities. She refused to renounce her Christian beliefs and was tortured. Miraculously, at the moment of her execution by her father's sword, he was struck by lightning, his body devoured by fire. In this painting, Santa Barbara holds a large peacock plume in her left hand to symbolize her immortality. She is regarded as the patron saint of armorers and firearms stemming from the theme of sudden death in her story, and is sometimes associated with the warrior saint George. Provenance: private California, USA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #134984Read more

  • USAUSA
  • 7d 16h
Low estimate
1 400 USD

Ancient Dagestan Bronze Standing Idol

**Originally Listed At $350** Western Asia, Dagestan Region, located on the northwestern shores of the Caspian Sea, ca. 1500 to 500 BCE. A bronze idol, anthropomorphic in form, made to show a human with oversized hands that are raised to the sides of the head and touch the ears. The hands are turned outward to face the viewer, with giant palms and fingers. Otherwise the figure is simple, with a large head, foreshortened torso, and long legs. This particular style of idol comes from the Caucasus, a little-studied region, with most academic studies done in Russian. These small bronze figures seem to have been part of an incredibly long artistic tradition; they look similar to clay ones created during the Neolithic period. At this same time, burials contain a tremendous amount of weapons, and we believe that gods related to military prowess. Interestingly, Russian archaeologists have found some examples of these small idols buried with remains of clothing on them - perhaps why their bodies are so undecorated. Size: 1.25" W x 2" H (3.2 cm x 5.1 cm) Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #130440Read more

  • USAUSA
  • 11d 16h
Low estimate
500 USD

Roman Imperial Limestone Statue of Eagle

Roman, late Imperial Period, ca. 3rd to 4th century CE. A substantial, hand-carved limestone eagle statue hewn from a larger stone. The avian figure displays its proud head in a majestic raised position, tilted just slightly in an inquisitive manner, its almond-shaped eyes and conical beak exuding a power evocative of the Roman legions which looked to it for inspiration. A pair of ovoid wings are tucked against the plump body with individually-formed feathers. The form of this statue, given its militaristic symbolism, was perhaps displayed outdoors in front of the palatial estate of a high-ranking military official or even near the gates of a military complex. Traces of original pigmentation remain, though the color has faded to a pale-tan hue. A beautiful and powerful example! Size: 10" W x 15.75" H (25.4 cm x 40 cm). The eagle was a highly-symbolic animal among the Roman military and was a great symbol of pride and victory in the eyes of the legions. Known as "aquila" in Latin, the eagle was a representation of honor, victory, and cohesiveness within a legion. Stone effigies of the revered bird were typically displayed outside of prominent buildings likely used by members of the military elite or outside of palatial residences owned by the Roman aristocracy. One member of each legion was referred to as an aquilifer, or "eagle-bearer," as it was his primary duty to carry and protect that legion's designated bronze eagle standard. If ever an aquila was lost or stolen, it was the primary obligation of the aquilifer to go to any lengths to recover the standard and see to its safe return. Losing an eagle standard was considered a grave omen for its respective legion and would typically lead to distrust and paranoia among the legionaries. To quote a piece of historical fiction set in Roman Britain entitled "The Eagle of the Ninth" (Rosemary Sutcliff, 1954), "Eagle lost, honor lost; honor lost, all lost." Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #134558Read more

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  • 7d 16h
Low estimate
2 700 USD

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D. Shapiro Etching - "Birnham Wood VI" - 1981
David Shapiro (American, 1944-2014), colored etching from Birnham Wood series, number 29 in edition of 30, 1981 CE. Dated, numbered, and signed by the artist in pencil on the lower edge. A striking work on handmade paper from Shapiro's Birnham Wood series. The vibrant, non-objective composition includes an upper right triangle presenting a batik-like pattern in green hues and a lower left triangle occupied by a variety of abstract linear and geometric motifs in gold, red, black, and blue hues. The piece is set within a white mat and presented under glass in a white painted wood frame. A wonderful example from this artist whose mixed media, abstract works are in such respected museum collections as the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Size: 35" L x 30.5" W (88.9 cm x 77.5 cm); 42.75" L x 38.5" W (108.6 cm x 97.8 cm) framed See another work from Shapiro's Birnham Wood series in the Fogg Museum of Harvard Art Museums collection (object number M20171)- https://www.harvardartmuseums.org/collections/object/261514?position=0 Newer Shapiro works sell for between $2500 and $3000 at Leslie Sacks Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. Provenance: ex Allen Davis collection, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA; ex-Gettler/Pall Gallery, New York, New York, USA All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #131155 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Tall Chontal Green Stone Anthropomorphic Figure
Pre-Columbian, Mexico, Chontal, ca. 800 to 400 BCE. An impressive anthropomorphic figure with arms held to sides of torso, hands with defined fingers over his abdominal region, and parted legs indicated by pecked cavities, a stylized head with the facial features beautifully treated as sunken depressions with a characteristic brow ridge and rectangular ears, in pale green andesite with beige inclusions and areas of white caliche. Overall, a Chontal stone figure of museum quality, so elegantly delineated with openwork and finer details such as those remarkable fingered hands and that expressive visage. Custom stand. Size: 3.625" W x 9.75" H (9.2 cm x 24.8 cm)Net proceeds from the sale of this lot will benefit six animal charities in Taos, New Mexico. Provenance: Ex-private K. Holkza collection via family descent from her sister, acquired in NYC before 1975 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. We ship worldwide and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience. #113949 Artemis Gallery LIVE
Late Roman / Early Byzantine Antioch Oil Lamp
Syria, 450 to 600 CE. Very fine pottery oil lamp. Molded pottery with impressed floral decorations, human head emerging to form handle, palmette on underside. 3.88"L x 1.50"W x 2.00"H (9.84 L x 3.81 W x 5.08 H cm) Provenance: Ex-Collection of William Dale. Mr. Dale was a career diplomat stationed in Turkey in the early 1960's and acquired a vast collection of Greek, Roman and Near-Eastern treasures. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. Artemis Gallery LIVE
Lot of 2 European Medieval Iron Crossbow Bolts
Europe, Medieval Period, ca. 600 - 1000 CE. Two iron crossbow bolt heads, composed of four sides that taper to a point. 3-3/4"L. Provenance: Ex-Private Colorado Springs Collection. All items in this auction have been legally acquired, are legal to sell, and guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids, papered by our parent company, Artemis Gallery Ancient Art. The starting price is the lowest price at which the lot can sell. Artemis Gallery LIVE
Pr. Holyland Oil Lamps - Zoomorphic Thumb Grips
Middle East, Holyland, ca. 4th century CE. Lovely pair of molded terracotta oil lamps, both adorned with similar decoration comprised of rayed pattern with scroll and circular motifs. The handles are quite lively, in the form of stylized zoomorphic heads. One has a rather simple molded decoration on the underside as well. Size: each measures approximatey 4"L. Provenance: Ex-private Denver, CO collection; ex-estate of Warren Koch, New York, acquired from a private NY collection, November 1998. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids. #109506 Artemis Gallery LIVE

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