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Syro-Palestinian (Holy Land) Antiquities

The Holy Land, also called the Syro-Palestinian region, includes Syria, Phoenicia, Palestine, and Judaea.


Roman, Syro-Palestinian (Samaria?), Snake-Thread Flask, Late 2nd - Early 4th Century A.D.

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Snake-thread ornamentation originated in the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire in the second half of the second century and its popularity peaked in the first half of the third century. Snake-thread decoration was revived in the second half of the fourth century in the east and in the west near Cologne in modern Germany. Serpentine form trails may vary in thickness, may be the same color as the vessel (usually colorless) or brightly colored (common in the West). Ontario Museum 309, with similar subtle snake-thread ornamentation, is attributed to Samaria, 3rd to early 4th century A.D.
AG63814. Snake thread flask, cf. Ontario Museum 309 (for similar ornamentation), 12.4 mm (4 7/8"), Complete and intact, funnel mouth with rolled rim, cylindrical neck, bulbous body, snake-thread ornamentation on the body, flat bottom; from a Florida dealer; $1200.00 SALE PRICE $1080.00


Roman, Syro-Palestinian, Glass Sprinkler Jug, c. 3rd A.D.

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This form is missing from the major references but we know of other examples from the market.
AG63811. Sprinkler jug, 10.5 mm (4 1/8"), complete, tiny chip in handle (visible in photo), possibly a small rim repair or just flaked weathering, thick yellowish brown enamel-like weathering, free-blow, yellow-green glass, pyriform body, tubular neck, slight funnel mouth, washer-like constriction at the base of neck, handle attached below rim and below neck, kicked bottom with pontil mark; from a Florida dealer; $580.00 SALE PRICE $522.00


Roman, Syro-Palestinian, Fusiform Unguentarium with Iridescence, c. 3rd - 5th Century A.D.

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Hayes' Ontario Museum catalog references many similar specimens, noting some are from Beirut. Our example is finer than most examples of similar form, many of which appear to be carelessly made. Hayes' dates the type 5th century or later. Perhaps the finer form indicates ours is earlier.
AG63806. Fusiform unguentarium, cf. Ontario Museum 461, complete, intact, much iridescence; 16.5 cm, spindle-shaped long tubular body, upper half is a neck narrowing slightly to folded and flattened rim, small shoulder at center, lower half is a narrow tubular body narrowing to a rounded point; from a Florida dealer; $530.00 SALE PRICE $477.00


Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Tancred, Regent, March 1101 - May 1103 and Late 1104 - December 1112

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Tancred, a Norman leader of the 1st Crusade, became Prince of Galilee and regent of the Principality of Antioch when his uncle Bohemund was taken prisoner. He later took the County of Edessa when Baldwin II was captured, but Baldwin was released, defeated him and took it back. Tancred was made regent of Antioch again when Bohemund went to Europe to recruit more Crusaders. Tancred refused to honor a treaty in of fealty to the Byzantine Emperor, making Antioch independent, and ruled until his death in a typhoid epidemic.
CR85717. Bronze follis, Metcalf Crusades 63 - 70, Malloy Crusaders 4a, Schlumberger II 7, VF, dark patina, with highlighting earthen fill, overstruck on Malloy Crusaders 3a, weight 3.475 g, maximum diameter 22.6 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch mint, obverse bust of Tancred facing, wearing turban, chain armor and holding sword; part of reverse inscription of undertype visible upper left; reverse Cross pommee, fleuronnťe at base, IC - XC / NI-KA (Jesus Christ Conquers) in angles; strong undertype effects bust of St. Peter upside down with nimbus and cross from undertype most visible; $200.00 SALE PRICE $180.00


Roman Palaestina, Large Pottery Beaker, Late Roman Period, 4th - 7th Century A.D.

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Time of Christian Acceptance and First Ecumenical (Nicene) Council.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Found in Israel.
AH48175. Large pottery beaker; Tushingham 38:27-28; buff, wheel made, ribbed conical body, wide mouth, narrowing to flat base, 5 Ĺ inches high, Choice, hole in bottom, $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00


Phoenician (Palistinian Workshop), 4 Stamped Glass Votive Fragments, 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

These votive pieces were made to be ritually broken before offering in the altar of the god or distribution in fields for fertility or under building foundations for good fortune. They are almost always found broken.
AA32416. 4 glass votive stamped fragements, partial images of male god; $50.00 SALE PRICE $45.00


Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land

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Spanning ten millennia from earliest civilization to the Arab conquest this book is the definitive one-volume reference to the ancient lands of the Bible, fusing scientific discovery and literary and religious tradition to produce a deeper understanding of the history of human culture. Here the settings of the world's three major religions are examined, incorporating the most up-to-date archaeological information with the biblical record of the Holy Land, the Encyclopaedia visits the ancient Near East site-by-site, with comprehensive descriptions of hundreds of discoveries as well as providing historical commentary and relevant biblical citations. General articles on subjects such as burial, warfare, cult objects and clothing provide further insight into the material culture and social systems of the biblical period. More than 20 distinguished archaeologists have contributed articles in their areas of expertise complete with details from their own excavations.
BK12766. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land edited by Avraham Negev and Shimon Gibson, paperback, 2001, 560 pages, illustrated, older edition, like new; $12.00 SALE PRICE $10.80


Biblical Antiquities

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The great names of the Biblical characters are brought to life in this collection.
BL10888. Biblical Antiquities, Alex G. Malloy, INC., 14 plates, 52 pages; $9.00 SALE PRICE $8.10







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