Mesopotamian, Sumerian, & Babylonian. 2800--1700 BC
Cuneiform Foundation Cones
Gudea of Lagash, 2144--2124 BC
Ancient Sumeria/Mesopotamia. Old Babylonian, c. 1900 - 1750 BC. Nice large Old Babylonian bulla with cuneiform text. The bulla bears the roll-out impression from a cylinder seal with two vertical columns of cuneiform text and two standing figures. Pierced through where the ancient twine once held the bulla to an important document or parcel. 43x30x15 mm (1 5/8" x 1 3/16" x 5/8"). Finger-prints of the ancient maker still visible on edge! ex-David Hendin, Amphora; ex-Phil Jones #AP2250: SOLD
Ancient Sumeria/Mesopotamia. Old Babylonian, c. 1900 - 1750 BC. Nice large Old Babylonian bulla with cuneiform text. The bulla bears the roll-out impression from a cylinder seal with two vertical columns of cuneiform text and two standing figures. Still pierced through where the ancient twine once held the bulla to an important document or parcel. 45x30x22 mm (1 3/4" x 1 1/8" x 7/8"). Finger-prints of the ancient maker still visible on edge! ex-David Hendin, Amphora; ex-Phil Jones #AP2251: SOLD
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
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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. Nice reddish to burned black to tan color, nicer in hand than this washed-out photo allows. Ex Royal Athena Galleries, New York City acquired on the London Art Market October 1989.
#AP2070 & AP2071: Individually-priced above (SOLD OUT)
Fantastic oil lamp with Biblical relevance!
North Africa, 5th century AD. Redware oil lamp depicting a scene from Daniel 3, 13-18. The Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar is seated on the left, commanding the Three Hebrews to worship his image. He points to a bust upon a column before him. The Hebrews are shown wearing short pleated tunics with hoods over their heads. Large 14 cm (5 1/2 inches), with great red color and earthen and mineral deposits. cf. Light from the Age of Augustine p. 40 no. 28. A VERY rare depiction of the infamous Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar! ex-Harlan J. Berk. #AR2764: $475 SOLD
Ancient Mesopotamia. Old Babylonian, c. 1894-1595 BC. Fantastic steatite fragment. Deeply engraved with fine detail, this was likely part of the wall of a temple or other important structure. L: 56 mm (2 1/4"), H: 28 mm (1 1/16"), and 15 mm (9/16") thick! Nice dark to light grey color with excellent patina and light earthen deposits in the crevices. ex-Edgar J. Banks collection, Field Director from the Babylonian Expedition from the University of Chicago, American Consul to Bagdad, collected in the 1920's-1930's. Excellent display piece! #AP2036: $750 SOLD
AA Mesopotamian terracotta head from a fertility figure, c. 1000 – 600 BC, the features well detailed with prominent eyes and hair indicated with incised lines. 3.5 x 3.3 cm. Light deposits. Mounted on a large lucite base. Ex Ancient Creations, Las Vegas. #AP2277: $399 SOLD
Mesopotamia, c. 1500 - 1000 BC. Interesting Mesopotamian terracotta votive Astarte-like figure. With avian-like features: prominent nose, large circular eyes and curl at back of head, wearing a beaded collar and hands on chest. H: 1 1/4 in (3.2 cm). Ex David Liebert, Time Machine, NY. #AP2403: $299 SOLD
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 SOLD
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 SOLD
Mesopotamia! Under Roman rule. Gordian III, 238-244 AD. Large bronze As struck at Carrhae, Mesopotamia. His laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right. / Veiled and turreted bust of Tyche left; Marsyas standing right on pedestal before. 28mm, 16.24g. ref: BMC 55-6. Lovely coin. #CR2572: $125 SOLD
Ancient Mesopotamia, c. 1st millennium BC. Neat ceramic fertility amulet. In the form of a stylized figure with wide headdress, holed through at top to be worn as a pendant. H: 25 mm (15/16"). Dark pinkish color. Ex-Thomas Bentley Cederlind estate, Portland, OR. #AP2263: $175 SOLD
Mesopotamia. Uruk / Jemdet Nasr- Dynastic period,
c. 3300-2350 BC. Shell amulet in the form of a human head, with deep-drilled eyes, triangular nose and wide mouth. 20 mm (3/4"). Ex-Thomas Bentley Cederlind estate, Portland, Oregon.
#AP2259: $525 SOLD
California Museum of Ancient Art De-accession!
Ancient Mesopotamia, c. 2nd Millennium BC. A rare steatite amulet in the form of a stylized axe. Nicely carved with central hole for suspension. 16 x 15mm. Excellent deep green color. Ex-East Coast private collection; Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art, acquired in 1989 (inv #0428). Very rare! #AP2270: $299 SOLD
Ancient Sumeria. Uruk/Jemdet Nasr period, 3300-2900 BC. Incredible carved bone amulet of a human head. With stylized features, large eyes, pierced for suspension, toward what appears to be the bottom which is quite odd. Intended to be worn upside-down? Truly a mysterious, eerie, almost ghostly charm to this piece. Light earthen deposits in the features. H: 21 mm (13/16"). Rare! ref: Erlenmeyer, cat no. 318 for similar type. Ex-Thomas Bentley Cederlind estate, Portland, OR. #AP2261: $850 SOLD
Sumerian, c. 3000 – 2500 BC. Great tan marble head of a fox! With alert ears and circular eyes, suspension hole through neck. 21 x 16 x 18mm. Nice desert varnish. Ex-East Coast private collection, donated to the museum May of 1982; Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art de-accession (acc. #0399) #AP2418: $350 SOLD
Sumerian, c. 2nd millennium BC. Great Sumerian-period bronze figure of a rooster from Syria. Of lively form with deep olive green patina and suspension loop at back. 20 x 18mm. Ex-East Coast private collection, donated to the museum September of 1986; Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art de-accession (acc. #1703). #AP2424: $250 SOLD