Roman Republic, Lead Glandes Sling-Bullet, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.
According to the report of Vegatius, Republican slingers had an accurate range of up to six hundred feet. The best ammunition was cast from lead. For a given mass, lead, being very dense, offered the minimum size and therefore minimum air resistance. Also, lead sling-bullets were small and difficult to see in flight. In some cases, the lead would be cast in a simple open mold made by pushing a finger, thumb, or sharpened stick into sand and pouring molten metal into the hole. The flat top end could later be carved to a matching shape. More frequently, they were cast in two-part molds. Sling-bullets were made in a variety of shapes including an ellipsoidal form closely resembling an acorn; possibly the origin of the Latin word for lead sling-bullet: glandes plumbeae (literally leaden acorns) or simply glandes (meaning acorns, singular glans). The most common shape by far was biconical, resembling the shape of an almond or an American football. Why the almond shape was favored is unknown. Possibly there was some aerodynamic advantage, but it seems equally likely that there was a more prosaic reason, such as the shape being easy to extract from a mold, or that it will rest in a cradle with little danger of rolling out. Almond-shaped lead sling-bullets were typically about 35 millimeters (1.4 in) long and about 20 millimeters (0.8 in) wide. Sometimes or writings were molded on the side. A thunderbolt, a snake, a scorpion, or others indicating how it might strike without warning were popular. might include the name of the military unit or commander, or was sometimes more imaginative, such as, "Take this," "Ouch," "Catch," or even "For Pompey's backside."AW66458. Lead glandes sling-bullet; cf. Petrie XLIV 15-23; roughly biconical, c. 40 - 90 grams, c. 3 - 5 cm long, one sling-bullet randomly selected from the same group as those in the photo, ONE BULLET, BARGAIN PRICED!; $25.00 (€22.25)
Greek, Bronze (?) , Ornamented With of Dionysos, c. 400 - 200 B.C.
This was probably once attached to a , a punch-bowl vessel used for diluting and serving wine. The earliest kraters were bronze and almost exclusively the volute-type. Very few bronze kraters have survived. Most often only the handles remain.AG40492. Greek bronze (?) , height 12.7 cm (4 5/8"), ornamented with facing of Dionysos, $850.00 (€756.50)
Hellenistic Greek, Bronze Relief Ring Fragment, Anatolia, 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.
AS72537. 90 (nearly identical fragment!, bezel 21.1 x 17.3 x 4.5 mm), fragment, entire bezel present, only traces of the hoop remain, rough green , some corrosion, bezel 22.5 x 18.3 x 4.7 mm, high relief portrait of a woman facing left (perhaps a Ptolemaic queen), draped and wearing her hair in melon coiffure; $850.00 (€756.50)
4" Egyptian Bronze Figure of , 26th - 30th Dynasty, 664 - 342 B.C.
AB30992. Egyptian bronze figure of the god in mummified form wearing Atef-crown with , height 10.6 cm (4 1/8"), , braided beard curved at the tip, holding the royal regalia crock and flail; one-sided (flat ); nice detail, original ; $800.00 (€712.00)
Roman Bronze Vessel , Ornamented With and a , c. 1st Century A.D.
The was the companion of . The grapevine and its wild barren alter-ego, the toxic ivy , were both sacred to him. This was once attached to vessel used for serving or drinking wine.AI30971. height 8.0 cm (3"), excellent condition with a nice green , bronze vessel ornamented with a facing young of wearing an ivy in his long flowing hair, skin tied at neck, the curving ends with a ; $750.00 (€667.50)
Roman, Bronze Repousse Plaque with Holding a Bow, Sqaumata Armor Plate(?), c. 1st - 3rd Century B.C.
Likely used in some legionary application; perhaps as a legionary armor plate segment. AA59779. Roman, bronze repousse, 1.75 x 1.75 inches, c. 1st - 3rd century A.D.; sheet bronze hammered from behind in repousse technique to raise the figure of a holding a bow, remains of two rivet holes where it was attached, tear on body, and interesting; from a New Jersey collection; $650.00 (€578.50)
Roman, Bronze , c. 1st - 3rd Century A.D.
A was a plate used by Roman priests to make sacrificial offerings to the Gods. Paterae were thin and most often have been lost to corrosion leaving only the remaining.AL59776. Roman, bronze , c. 1st - 3rd century A.D., 5.6", heavy fluted terminating in a collar from which a ram's with curled horns emerges; from a New Jersey collection; ; $560.00 (€498.40)
Germany, Iron Mace , Late Medieval, 1400 - 1500
From the collection of , former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.AW36874. Heavy metal mace , ball with five protruding rounded points to the back is a loop for suspension, 10.1 cm long; black with some rust, , $400.00 (€356.00)
Hellenistic Greek, Bronze Relief Ring Fragment, Eastern Mediterranean, 3rd - 1st Century B.C.
This bronze ring fragment is very similar to the referenced ring fragment in the British Museum (click here to see it online).AS84167. cf. BM Collection 1917.0501.1267 (very similar ring fragment), bezel , 22.1 x 16.1, high relief portrait of a woman facing left, draped and wearing her hair in a bun at the back (perhaps a Ptolemaic queen, either Berenike II or ); $400.00 (€356.00)
Roman, Round Silver Appliqué, 1st - 2nd Century A.D.
Ex Museo Nazionale di , de-acquisition, c. 1950’s; ex Ran Ryan, 1974; from the collection of . Museo Nazionale di was founded in 1889 in the , or Villa di Papa Giulio (Pope Julius), built in in the mid-16th century for Pope Julius III. Today the museum is principally devoted to antiquities of the pre-Roman period, from ancient , , and southern . In the 1950's the museum sold some of its later to Rex Ryan, an antiquities dealer who had a shop in . Alex Malloy, a retired dealer in antiquities for 40 years, purchased a group of these antiquities, including this piece, from Rex Ryan, in 1974.
A cabochon or , from the Middle French caboche ( ), is a gemstone which has been shaped and polished as opposed to faceted. The resulting form is usually a convex top with a flat bottom (dome shape). AI36083. Silver appliqué; 8.8 cm , flat round center surrounded by a of two light blue , a clear crystal and four carnelian cabochons, Collectible condition; one clear stone missing, dark ; probably of a box lid, one stone missing, dark ; probably the outer shell of a box lid; very ; $250.00 (€222.50)
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