Vessels and cups depicted on coins were often those used in religious ceremonies, but also those used in daily life. The amphora, used to store olive-oil and wine, is often depicted on coins, especially from cities that were big wine producers.
Athens, Greece, "New Style" Tetradrachm, c. 118 - 117 B.C.
The "New Style" tetradrachms were issued by Athens as a semi-autonomous city under Roman rule. The new-style Owls are markedly different from the Owls of Periclean Athens or the "eye in profile" Athena head of the Fourth Century. They were struck on thinner, broad flans, typical of the Hellenistic period, with a portrait of Athena that reflected the heroic portraiture of the period. The owl now stands on an amphora, surrounded by magistrates' names and symbols, all within an olive wreath. The amphora is marked with a letter that may indicate the month of production. Letters below the amphora may indicate the source of the silver used in production.
The two torches likely refer to Demeter who is frequently depicted holding a torch in each hand.
SH62485. Silver tetradrachm, Thompson Athens 590c-d var (I on amphora), Svoronos Athens pl. 57, 18 var (same), VF, weight 16.729 g, maximum diameter 29.3 mm, die axis 0o, Athens mint, c. 118 - 117 B.C.; obverse helmeted head of Athena Parthenos right, triple-crested helmet decorated with curvilinear ornament on the shell, a griffin right above the raised earpiece, and protomes of horses above visor; reverseA-QE / AMM/WNI/OS - KAL/LIAS / BUTT/AKOS, owl standing right on amphora on its side, two torches on right, K on amphora, ME under amphora, all within olive wreath; $750.00 (€577.50)
Roman Republic, Mark Antony, Triumvir and Imperator, 44 - 30 B.C.
On 26 November 43 B.C. Octavian, Antony and Lepidus meet in Bononia, and enter into an official five-year autocratic pact, the Second Triumvirate. To cement their reconciliation Octavian agreed to marry Clodia, a daughter of Antony's wife Fulvia by her former husband Publius Clodius Pulcher. The triumvirs proscribed 130 senators and 2,000 equites, who were branded as outlaws and deprived of their property.
SH64353. Silver quinarius, Banti-Simonetti CNR II 133 (this coin); Crawford 489/4; CRI 121; RSC 82; Sydenham 1159; Kestner 3716; BMCRR Gaul 36, gVF, toned, a couple of banker’s marks; Military mint traveling with Antony and Lepidus in Transalpine Gaul, weight 1.900 g, maximum diameter 14.0 mm, die axis 180o, late summer-autumn 43 B.C.; obverseLituus, capis, and raven standing left on ground line; M A(NT) IMP above; reverseVictory standing right, crowning trophy of arms standing before her with wreath in her right, palm frond over shoulder in left; ex Triton XVI, lot 930; ex Goldman Roman Imperatorial Collection; ex Künker 124 (16 March 2007), lot 8491; scarce; $700.00 (€539.00)
Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, Tripod Vessel, c. 500 - 1000 A.D.
"Indigenous societies [of Costa Rica] continue to be a great unknown. The northern zone is almost forgotten. The southern zone is largely unknown when in fact the natives in Talamanca resisted the Spaniards, their tactics and attempts at colonization" -- Costa Rica National Museum director Cristian Kandler.
AH59755. Pre-Columbian, Costa Rica, Tripod Vessel, c. 500 - 1000 A.D., 14 inches high, legs with molded openwork rattling faces, polychrome faces around the rim; repaired with soot deposits attesting use and authenticity; perhaps much nicer and brighter polychrome if professionally cleaned of soot; from a New Jersey collection; $600.00 (€462.00)
China, Ching Dynasty, Blue and White Ginger Jar, c. 18th Century
The Qing Dynasty was the last imperial dynasty of China, ruling from 1644 to 1912 with a brief, abortive restoration in 1917. It was preceded by the Ming Dynasty and followed by the Republic of China. Under the Qing, traditional forms of art flourished. Imperial patronage encouraged the industrial production of ceramics and Chinese export porcelain.
AO59764. China, Ching Dynasty, blue and white ginger jar, c. 18th century, floral ornamentation with characters, 8.5 inches, from a New Jersey collection; $600.00 (€462.00)
Greek, Apulia, South Italy, Gnathian Ware, Black Glazed Bottle, c. Late 4th Century B.C.
Gnathia ware is named for ancient Gnathia (now Egnazia) in eastern Apulia, where the first vases of this type were found in the mid-19th century. Gnathian ware was produced c. 370 - 270 B.C. This type of grape and vine decoration was most popular c. 320 B.C.
AL59774. Greek, South Italy, Gnathian Ware, black glazed bottle, c. Late 4th century B.C., 3.25 x 5", intact, light deposits, lovely grape clusters and vines in pale yellow on black glazed body; from a New Jersey collection; $600.00 (€462.00)
Macedonian Kingdom, Alexander III The Great, 336 - 323 B.C.
The period 285 - 275 B.C. was chaotic for Macedonia. In 286 B.C., Lysimachos took Pella from Pyrrhus. In 281, Seleucus defeated and killed Lysimachus but before he could claim Macedonia as his prize, Ptolemy Keraunos, the son of Ptolemy, murdered him and seized the throne. Antigonus marched north to take the throne but Keraunos defeated him. In 279 B.C. a great horde of Gauls descended on Macedonia, crushed Keraunos' army, and killed him in battle. Two years of complete anarchy followed. After plundering Macedonia, the Gauls invaded Greece, but in 278 B.C. a Greek army forced them to retreat to Thrace. In 277, Antigonus beached his ships near Lysimachia, abandoned his camp, and concealed his men for an ambush. The Gauls, as expected, came to loot his camp and attack the ships. Antigonus' army trapped them with the sea to their rear and inflicted a crushing defeat. Antigonus' then claimed the Macedonian throne.
SH63693. Silver tetradrachm, Price 565, Müller Alexander 953, VF, nice style, weight 16.808 g, maximum diameter 27.1 mm, die axis 0o, Pella mint, posthumous, c. 285 - 275 B.C.; obverse head of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion scalp headdress; reverseALEXANDROU, Zeus enthroned left, eagle in extended right, long scepter vertical behind in left, legs crossed, right leg drawn back, oenochoe under throne; $500.00 (€385.00)
China, Kansu, Yangshao Culture, Neolithic Vessel, c. 2500 B.C.
Published in 'Oriental Antiquities and Art: An Identification and Price Guide, 2nd Edition!
AO59763. Yangshao Culture, pot, c. 2500 B.C., 12 x 13 inches; "Oriental Antiques & Art: An Identification and Price Guide, 2nd Ed, p. 136 (this piece), repaired, pot with zig zag and cross within circle designs on the upper half; from a New Jersey collection; overseas orders may require additional an shipping charge; $470.00 (€361.90)
Islamic, Egypt(?), Wheel Cut Miniature GlassBottle, 10th - 11th Century A.D.
AS61819. Wheel cut miniature bottle; cf. Corning Islamic I 209 - 210; 1 inch high, 10th - 11th Century A.D.; vessel of pale green glass, wheel cut baseline and wheel cut alternating arrowheads on the body, top of neck missing; from a New Jersey collection; rare; $430.00 (€331.10)
Egypt, Small Alabaster Cup, c. 2nd - 1st Millennium B.C.
AS61824. Egypt, small alabaster cup; 1 x 1.4 inches, carved from yellow banded alabaster, rim chips and soot deposits; from a New Jersey collection, $430.00 (€331.10)
Maroneia, Thrace, 377 - 365 B.C.
Maroneia was on the coast about midway between the mouths of the Hebrus and the Nestus. It was named after Maron, son of Euanthes, a priest of Apollo, who in the Odyssey gives Odysseus the wine with which he intoxicates Polyphemos. Maron was also sometimes identified as a son of Dionysos. Grapes and vines are symbols of Dionysos or Maron, and advertise the famous wine of Maroneia.
SH63583. Silver triobol, Schönert-Geiss 251 (V39/R46), SNG Cop 616 (different dies), VF, weight 2.586 g, maximum diameter 15.3 mm, die axis 90o, Maroneia mint, 377 - 365 B.C.; obverse Forepart of horse prancing left, A-N-Q around; reverse grape bunch on vine with leaves and tendrils, kantharos lower left, MA lower right; all within dotted square within shallow incuse square; $330.00 (€254.10)