Ancient Mesopotamian and Sumerian Artifacts for Sale
All Authentic and Well-Provenanced

Mesopotamia is known as the 'Cradle of Western Civilization', and included the empires of Babylon, Sumer, and Assyria in ancient times. Its borders encompassed modern-day Iraq, southeastern Turkey and northeastern Syria. Its great empires were responsible for the origins of writing, urban planning, and agriculture, among many other accomplishments.

Sumerian and Mesopotamian artifacts are quite rare, and prized on the collector market. Because of this, countless destructive archaeological atrocities have been committed, including the pillaging of museums and looting of archaeological sites throughout the Middle East. This destruction must stop, and I hope that all of those ill-gotten artifacts find their way back to where they belong. Every single item I offer for sale here has been painstakingly authenticated and the legal origin of their source determined. These come from old private collections, museum deaccessions, and auctions with proven legal ownership outside their country of origin prior to 1970 and the UNESCO treaty. Enjoy!



Cuneiform Tablets
Mesopotamian, Sumerian, & Babylonian. c. 2800 - 1700 BC


Mesopotamia. Old Babylonian, c. 2000-1500 BC. Fantastic ceramic head from an important collection. With large angular nose and wide eyes, hair styled into a square plait at back of head and down to left shoulder, wide collar around neck. H: 1 3/4" (45 mm). Mounted on old metal disk base. Ex Wiltshire, UK private collection, from the estate of Amold Walter Lawrence, 1900-1991, younger brother of TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). Historian who participated in, among others, the excavation of UR. Collected prior to WWII. #AP2118: $750

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Elegant Mesopotamian gypsum goblet, c. 2nd Millennium BC. A very large and substantial vessel carved of stone, likely reserved for a person of high importance or nobility in ancient Mesopotamia. Of cylindrical form with flaring lip resting on a short stem foot with disk-shaped base. Nice pale green color with grey, darker green and black speckling. H: 5 3/8" (13.7 cm). A rare and lovely piece, probably from the Euphrates valley. Ex Christie's New York, June 1997; ex-Royal Athena Gallery with Royal Athena/Jerome Eisenberg's tag. An excellent piece with stellar provenance! #AP2020: $3800

Mesopotamia, c. 2nd millennium BC. Fantastic group of very rare Mesopotamian sling bullets. Made of ceramic, they are rounded with pointed ends and quite heavy, capable of serious damage in the hands of the skilled Mesopotamian warriors. Sizes from 1 1/2" - 1 3/4" (36-46mm). Ex Royal Athena Galleries, New York City acquired on the London Art Market October 1989. $250 each
(AP2106
SOLD, rest available)


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Cuneiform Tablets
Mesopotamian, Sumerian, & Babylonian. 2800--1700 BC
Cuneiform Foundation Cones
Gudea of Lagash, 2144--2124 BC