27 Press Releases

Tag: Roman

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    Pre-Columbian Olmec Jade Mask and 260 Million-Year-Old Permian Shark Fossil Lead Artemis Gallery Auction

    This autumn, Artemis Gallery will bring museum-worthy items from pre-Columbian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and other civilizations to auction. The Exceptional Antiquities Ethnographic Fine Art auction will open with a pre-Columbian Olmec jade maskette. The finely carved green omphacite jade mask dates back to 900 to 600 BCE. By that time,…

    Stunning Olmec Jade Maskette Were-Jaguar Transforming
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    DNW Auctions Brings Mercian King’s Coinage

    During the reign of King Offa in the 7th century, Mercia’s coinage went through multiple changes. In one of the major changes, the coins bore the image of his queen, Cynethryth. She became the only Anglo-Saxon queen to appear on a coin during the Middle Ages. An example of this…

    Kings of Mercia, Cynethryth (wife of Offa), Penny (1)
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    Variety Sale | Antiquities & Ethnographic Art

    The deification of animals in ancient Egypt existed long before its unification around 3100 B.C.E. Ancient communities worshipped images of animals such as dogs, cows, and sheep. Among the most preeminent animal cults were the bull cults, which appeared during the first Egyptian dynasty. Bulls served as symbols of courage,…

    Variety Sale Antiquities & Ethnographic Art Artemis Auction Gallery
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    Fine Antiquities, Ethnographic & Fine Art

    Leading Artemis Gallery’s mid-August Fine Antiquities, Ethnographic, & Fine Art sale is a Roman statuette of Cupid from the first to second century CE. Created during the transition from archaic to classical fine art styles, many Greek and Roman sculptors were combining realism with mythology. The available lot shows a…

    Huge - Important Panamanian 15K+ Gold Frog - 56 gr
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    Ancient Coins featuring the Glacier Rams Solidi Collection - Session B

    Lydia was a well-known center for trade and commerce and was also considered one of the first kingdoms in the world to issue coins, called staters, as currency. They were first introduced to the Lydian empire during the rule of King Alyattes between 619 and 560 BCE. The Lydian stater…

    CELTIC BRITAIN. Trinovantes & Catuvellauni. Uninscribed. AV Stater.jpg
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    Ancient / Ethnographic Art Through The Ages

    The upcoming Ancient/ Ethnographic Art Through the Ages auction, presented by Artemis Gallery, features an Egyptian shabti. The funerary figurine was intended for Khaemwaset, the revered fourth son of Ramesses II. He was the first Egyptologist to document Egypt's Old Kingdom monuments, which were over 1,000 years old during his lifetime.…

    20th C. Indian Marble Carving of Durga & Lion Mount
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    BC/AD Sculpture Ancient to Modern

    The upcoming BC/AD Sculpture | Ancient to Modern auction, presented by Sotheby’s, employs an unusual approach. Ancient sculptures as well as works from the early 20th century will be offered in one dedicated sale. The exhibited lots come from Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and beyond. A leading lot from the…

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    Ancient | Near-Eastern | Asian Art

    The upcoming Ancient | Near-Eastern | Asian Art sale, presented by Artemis Gallery, highlights a painting by Masoud Yasami. An Iranian American artist, Yasami’s abstract multi-dimensional works deal with space, color, illusion, balance, and chaos. He uses a variety of mediums and materials to create his works. As the artist says, “For…

    Chinese Shang Dynasty Bronze Lidded Vessel (You)
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    Antiquities | Pre-Columbian | Ethnographic

    The first Russian icons appeared in the 12th century. During the same period, the tradition of covering icons with metal barriers called oklads was also popularized. An oklad usually covers the entire icon except the face, hands, and feet. Typically, it is more than a decoration and a shield against…

    Egyptian Predynastic Naqada III Basalt Vessel
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    Jewelry Week / Silver - Watches & Clocks - Coins - Session 3

    In the 1960s, Rolex replaced its Chronograph watch series with a more cosmetic version called the Rolex Cosmograph. The Cosmograph watches have a bezel engraved tachymeter scale as opposed to the conventional dial-printed Chronographs. To advocate the brand’s association with speed, Rolex launched the Cosmograph Daytona in 1963. Named after…

    Rolex - A steel wristwatch, Rolex Submariner, ref. 16610LV, with box
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    Ancient Jewelry, Weaponry, and Coins

    When each Greek city-state was separate in the eighth century CE, military power and weaponry were necessary for sustained independence. At the beginning of the Greek Archaic age and end of the Bronze period, Greeks began wielding new styles of swords. Among them was a central European-style iron sword designed…

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    Ancient Artifacts, Coins, & Islamic Art Sale

    In ancient Rome, images of both mortal and divine children were common. Children appear on Roman tomb monuments, imperial state art, and furnishings of the home. Parents would commission portraits and statues of their deceased children as a remembrance. One of the highlighted lots in the upcoming Ancient Artifacts, Coins,…

    Large Ancient Roman North Africa Red Clay Bowl c.2nd century AD.
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    Ancient Art from the James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection

    Lifelike funerary portraits flourished in Roman-era Egypt between the first and third centuries CE. Painted with tempera on wood or linen, these realistic pictures accompanied the deceased in funerals. The portraits joined Egyptian funerary traditions with Greco-Roman art practices. The upcoming sale of ancient art from the James and Marilynn…

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    Exceptional Antiquities, Asian, Ethnographic

    William F. Draper was a portrait painter and former combat artist who painted many leading political and cultural figures of the 20th century. He is best known for his portrait of John F. Kennedy that was completed a year before his assassination. Draper was the only artist for whom President…

    Greek Attic Belly Amphora by Princeton Painter, TLd
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    Works of Art Through the Ages

    The earliest Greco-Roman mosaics date back to the 5th century B.C. Elite Romans especially used mosaics to decorate their walls and vaults in a display of their wealth. Many early mosaics combined shells, colored glass, pumice, and other materials to depict mythological scenes and everyday life. Available in the upcoming…

    Published 19th C. Neoclassical Sardonyx Cameo Arethusa
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    America's Frontier | Ethnographic | Ancient

    Isis is the Egyptian goddess of childbirth, motherhood, and power, and she was equally famous among the polytheistic worshippers of the Roman Empire. During the early Imperial Period, her worship spread far and wide among the Romans. To honor the goddess, the emperor Caligula established a procession that wound through…

    18th C. New Mexican Leather Petaca - Traveling Trunk
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    African & Oceanic Art, Antiquities and Natural History

    Python was one of two vase painters from ancient Italy whose names have survived with their works. Python painted in the red-figure style, largely capturing traditional mythological and Dionysian themes. Two known signed works by Python reside in the British Museum and the Paestum Museum. Highlighted in the upcoming African…

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    Charity Auction Ancient Ethnographic Jewelry

    Since 15,000 B.C., Egyptian carved cameos were used to record events. It was during the reign of Alexander the Great in the third century B.C. that the Greeks and Romans started incorporating mythological images in cameos. A Roman cameo pendant necklace from that period is one of the key lots of…

    21K Gold Necklace w- Egyptian Scarabs, Djed Pillars
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    Early Spring Fine Ancient & Ethnographic Art

    The Sican or Lambayeque culture existed in Peru before the coming of the Incas. Many Sican lords were patrons of vast workshops where precious objects were created. At death, the elites were buried with many of those items. Pieces made of gold and silver were reserved for royalty while copper…

    Roman Marble Cupid Holding Bird, Art Loss Certificate
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    Fine & Decorative Arts Month-long Online Auction

    In Roman mythology, followers of the god Bacchus were called bacchants and were often depicted as intoxicated or frenzied. Highlighted in the Fine and Decorative Arts Monthly Online Auction, presented by Heritage Auctions, is a marble sculpture of a bacchant. This 1990 French piece shows the bacchant sitting naked on…

    Ferdinand Minor (German, 1814-1883)