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Pre-Columbian, Tumaco-La Tolita, Figure and Two Heads of "Les Maladies," c. 100 - 500 A.D.

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The Tumaco-La Tolita cultures were centered around the current Ecuador-Columbia border in the same period as Hellenistic Greece and Imperial Rome. Tumaco-La Tolita pottery figures are naturalistic and expressive and often rise to high artistic standards in their sensitive portrayal of the human condition. Our particular figures are today refereed to by the French name, "Les Maladies." A grimace and the left hand to the temple indicate illness and pain. Similar figures sometimes display symptoms of one of a long list of tropical diseases, including leprosy, elephantiasis, onchocercose (river blindness), and syphilis. Some of the statuettes, in addition to being afflicted with disease, have attributes of power: a headdress, necklaces, pendants and scepters.
AH21468. Sabolo p. 148; 12.5cm (4 7/8") high in stand, Choice, heads are fragments from figures, c. 100 - 500 A.D.; figure and two heads of "les Maladies" (the diseased) each with left hand to temple, a nice set with matching similar style, all on a custom stand; ex Edgar Owen (acquired from a New York ancient art dealer in the late 20th century, reported to be from a large old East Coast Pre-Columbian collection); $400.00 (€352.00)
 


Greco-Roman Anatatolia (Smyrna, Ionia?), Terracotta Woman Holding Infant, 2nd century B.C. - 1st century A.D.

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Kourotrophos (Greek: "child nurturer") was an Athenian deity, the protector of children and young people, with a cult and sanctuary, the so-called Kourotropheion. Gods and goddesses, including Athena, Apollo, Hermes, Hecate, Aphrodite, and Artemis, are given the epithet Kourotrophos when depicted holding an infant. Figurines of females holding infants are also called Kourotrophos. The purpose of kourotrophic figurines is debated. Perhaps they are representations of the Athenian goddess. Perhaps they were fertility or childbirth charms. They are found in graves, so perhaps they were companions for the dead.

We were unable to find another example of this type. Attribution to Smyrna, Ionia is based on the color and texture of the clay, and on the style and workmanship.
AH21487. Terracotta kourotrophos statuette of a woman holding a swaddled infant, 25cm (9 7/8") tall, mold-made, hollow and without back, Choice, complete and intact, old dealer labels on the reverse, stands on its own base, Late Hellenistic to Roman Era; $600.00 (€528.00)
 


Roman, Bronze Priapus Amulet, c. 1st Century B.C. - 1st Century A.D.

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Priapus or Priapos was a minor rustic fertility god, protector of livestock, fruit plants, gardens and male genitalia. Priapus is marked by his absurdly oversized permanent erection, which gave rise to the medical term priapism. He became a popular figure in Roman erotic art and Latin literature, and is the subject of the often humorously obscene collection of verse called the Priapeia. The word "amulet" comes from the Latin word amuletum, which Pliny's Natural History describes as "an object that protects a person from trouble."
AS91386. cf. Rolland, H. Bronzes Antiques de Haute Provence, Paris, 1965, #136; 41mm (1 5/8") tall, 14.4g, Choice, complete and intact, Priapus standing, bearded, wearing long garment and boots, holding open drapery to expose his large phallus; from a New England Collector; $250.00 (€220.00)
 


Egypt, Bronze Seated Figure of Harpokrates, Ptolemaic - Roman, c. 100 B.C. - 100 A.D.

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Harpocrates, the god of silence, secrets and confidentiality extends his right index finger, in one of his classic poses.
AS20835. Bronze figure, Choice, complete, intact, attractive green patina, c. 100 B.C. to 200 A.D.; Harpokrates seated (on a modern clear Lucite cube), 4.7 cm high, nude but for his pointed cap, right hand raised and index finger extended; $250.00 (€220.00)
 


Greek, Terracotta Eros Figure, 4th Century B.C.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AT31187. Average, beige terracotta; full figure of nude Eros, winged, legs spread, holding fruit; 6.5 cm (2 1/2") high; unmounted; $280.00 (€246.40)
 


Roman Egyptian, Terracotta Bust of Harpocrates with Finger to Mouth, 1st - 3rd Century A.D.

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

Shhhhh! quiet!...In Greek mythology, Harpocrates is the god of silence. Harpocrates was very popular in Egypt during the Ptolemaic and Roman Periods, as evidenced by his numerous terracotta household idols, such as this one.
AS20846. cf. BMC Terracottas IV 3043 ff., Average, even wear, Terracotta head of Harpocrates; cf. Kaufmann 28; 5.6 cm (2 1/4") high, beige terracotta, bust of Harpocrates with right hand and finger to mouth, wearing horn and sun-disk headdress; fragment broken from a larger idol, unmounted; $90.00 (€79.20)
 


India, Stone Head of a Bodhisattva, c. 10th Century A.D.

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The bodhisattva, a popular subject in Buddhist art, is someone who, motivated by great compassion, has a spontaneous wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings. In early Indian Buddhism, bodhisattva usually referred specifically to the Buddha Shakyamuni in his former lives.
AH59767. India, stone head of a bodhisattva, 9.5 cm tall, c. 10th century A.D., ex New Jersey collection, ex European dealer (c. 1980); $160.00 (€140.80)
 











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