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

The Ancient Animals of Noah's Ark
Sumerian amulets relating to the Flood story of the Biblical
Book of Genesis, and the Sumerian Epic of Gilgamesh.

SPECIAL!

Sumerian, c. 4,000-3,000 BC. A large and heavy Sumerian stone head of a heifer, 3rd Millennium BC, carved in naturalistic style with short rounded ears and one eye drilled. L: 4 1/2" (11.7cm), H: 3 1/8 in (7.9cm). Light deposits and an interesting votive object. Ex Christopher Terry estate, Cumbria, UK, acquired in the 1970's-80's. A huge and impressive piece! #AP2542: $650

A 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. A wonderful display piece! Rough photos.
Ex Ancient Creations, Las Vegas. #AP2277: $450


Sumeria, Late Uruk/Jemdet Nasr Period, c. 3100 - 2900 BC. Great large Sumerian black and white marble stamp seal. The base with multiple drill dots, hole lengthwise for suspension. 32x32mm. Ex Time Machine Company, New York. Very nice! #AP2143: $499

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California Museum of Ancient Art De-accession! A gorgeous Sumerian creme and pink marble conical cup. Early Dynastic Period, c. 2500 BC. Wwell-hollowed with narrow flat bottom. An elegant example with attractive mineral deposits. H: 2 in (5 cm); Dia: 2 3/8 in (6 cm). Very rare. Ex-New Jersey private collection; Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art. #AP2243: $925

Mesopotamia. Neo-Assyrian, c. 8th - 7th Century BC. Great limestone pyramidal stamp seal, a winged antelope engraved on the base; horizontal drill through handle. H: 2 cm. Dark purplish-grey color, light deposits. Ex California Museum of Ancient Art de-accession (acc. #SS2006). #AP2474: $275

Mesopotamia, c. 2nd millennium BC. Fantastic and very rare Mesopotamian sling bullet. Made of ceramic, with rounded profile and pointed ends, capable of serious damage in the hands of the skilled Mesopotamian warriors. 47 mm (1 7/8") long with nice reddish color. Ex Royal Athena Galleries, New York City acquired on the London Art Market October 1989. #AP2089: $299 SOLD - Ask about possible alternate


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Cuneiform Foundation Cones & Temple Bricks


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


California Museum of Ancient Art De-accession!
Ancient Mesopotamia. Neo-Assyrian, c. 800 BC. A small Assyrian amphoriskos. Unglazed, the rounded body with disk base, narrow neck with collared rim and two strap handles. A nice example with incised decoration and light surface deposits. 3 3/4 in (9.5 cm). Ex-New Jersey private collection; Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art. #AP2244: $750
SOLD

California Museum of Ancient Art De-accession!
Ancient Mesopotamia. Neo-Assyrian, c. 800 BC. A nice Assyrian green ware juglet, the globular body with disk base and a decorative band of incised vertical and horizontal lines around the shoulder. The neck is narrow with flared mouth and two vertical lug handles. H: 4" (10.4 cm). Nice light green color with light deposits. Ex-New Jersey private collection; ex-California Museum of Ancient Art, deaccession. Rare! #AP2442: $599
SOLD


Fantastic oil lamp with Biblical relevance!
North Africa, 5th century AD. Large redware oil lamp fragment depicting a scene from Daniel 3, 13-18. The Babylonian king
Nebuchadnezzar is seated on the left, commanding the Three Hebrews (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) 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 12 x 8.2 cm (4 5/8” x 3 1/4”), 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-Mark Reid, Time Machine, NY. #AR3000: $499 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