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Roman Republic, Lead Glans Sling-Bullet, 2nd - 1st Century B.C.

|Lead| |Glandes| |Sling| |Bullets|, |Roman| |Republic,| |Lead| |Glans| |Sling-Bullet,| |2nd| |-| |1st| |Century| |B.C.|
According to the contemporary report of Vegatius, Republican slingers had an accurate range of up to six hundred feet. The best sling 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 was carved to a matching point after the lead cooled. 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 sling 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 symbols or writings were molded on the side. A thunderbolt, a snake, a scorpion, or others symbols indicating how it might strike without warning were popular. Writing 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 glans sling-bullet; cf. Petrie XLIV 15-23; roughly biconical, without symbols or inscriptions, 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!; SOLD Out of Stock!


Roman, Bronze Balsamarium of Antinous, c. 135 A.D.

|Roman| |Antiquities|, |Roman,| |Bronze| |Balsamarium| |of| |Antinous,| |c.| |135| |A.D.|
A balsamarium contained scented oils and perfumes associated with a burial.

If the features of the face do not immediately recall Antinous, the abundant hair falling in generous locks deep on the neck points towards an undeniable intention to represent him, and allows accurate dating. The silver inlaid eyes and the drilled pupils add to the vivacity of the portrait.

This style of bronze balsamarium must have been fairly common in the period after the death of Antinous, as several are known. For similar pieces (this piece is also shown), see -
https://www.antinoos.info/antin9a.htm

AB50782. Roman bronze balsamarium, height 10.5 cm, attractive green patina, attractive bronze bust, with flowing curls, drilled pupils and inlaid eyes, functional hinged top, minor crushing at base, one suspension loop missing; ex German collection, ex Massachusetts collection, ex Royal Athena Galleries; SOLD


Egyptian, Bronze Mirror with Wooden Handle, 18th Dynasty - Ptolemaic Period, c. 1550 - 30 B.C.

|Egyptian| |Antiquities|, |Egyptian,| |Bronze| |Mirror| |with| |Wooden| |Handle,| |18th| |Dynasty| |-| |Ptolemaic| |Period,| |c.| |1550| |-| |30| |B.C.|
AEA30996. Egyptian mirror; cf. Petrie, Objects of Daily Use, pl. xxvii, 40 (18th dynasty), length 27 cm (10 1/2"), width 14.8 cm (5 3/4"), original red, brown, and green polychrome pigment on gesso, ribbed handle is not firmly attached but slides on a bronze tenon; verdigris and minor bend in mirror, pigment and gesso chipped on handle; rare with handle; SOLD


Egyptian Bronze Statue Seated Isis Suckling Infant Horus, 664 - 332 B.C.

|Egyptian| |Antiquities|, |Egyptian| |Bronze| |Statue| |Seated| |Isis| |Suckling| |Infant| |Horus,| |664| |-| |332| |B.C.|
AEA30985. height 13.3 cm (5"), Isis seated in tightly-fitting dress, uraeus and solar disk and cow horn crown, offering her left breast to her son Horus seated on her lap, he wears a skull-cap with uraeus and the side lock of youth; original patina, feet and tip of horn missing; SOLD


Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris, 26th - 30th Dynasty, 664 - 342 B.C.

|Egyptian| |Antiquities|, |Egyptian| |Bronze| |Figure| |of| |Osiris,| |26th| |-| |30th| |Dynasty,| |664| |-| |342| |B.C.|
AS30991. height 11 cm (4 3/8"), Choice, Egyptian bronze figure of the god Osiris in mummified form wearing Atef-crown with Uraeus, braided beard curved at the tip, holding the royal regalia crock and flail; two-sided; excellent detail, original patina; SOLD


Roman, Bronze Phallus, c. 200 B.C. - 300 A.D.

|Roman| |Antiquities|, |Roman,| |Bronze| |Phallus,| |c.| |200| |B.C.| |-| |300| |A.D.|
AS71285. bronze phallus, broken from a life-size statue, 10 cm, c. 200 B.C. - 300 A.D.; SOLD


5" Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris, 26th - 30th Dynasty, 664 - 342 B.C.

|Egyptian| |Antiquities|, |5"| |Egyptian| |Bronze| |Figure| |of| |Osiris,| |26th| |-| |30th| |Dynasty,| |664| |-| |342| |B.C.|
AB31065. Egyptian bronze figure of the god Osiris in mummified form wearing Atef-crown with Uraeus, height 13.0 cm (5"), Choice, braided beard curved at the tip, holding the royal regalia crock and flail; two-sided, loop on back; excellent detail, original patina; SOLD


Roman, Bronze Vessel (Perhaps a Lamp Stand), 1st - 2nd Century A.D.

|Malloy| |Roman|, |Roman,| |Bronze| |Vessel| |(Perhaps| |a| |Lamp| |Stand),| |1st| |-| |2nd| |Century| |A.D.|
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.

Most of the bronze lamp stands in the British Museum have a nearly identical form, with a low tripod base, long stem, and bowl top but they are larger and none have a sawtooth rim bowl.
AM36070. Bronze vessel with bowl on long stemmed tripod base; 7 inches high, Choice, the upper bowl has sawtooth rim, convex curved sides, and a round bottom, narrow stem widening slightly to the base, low tripod base with a flat central disk and s-shaped legs; SOLD


Egyptian Bronze Lotus-Shaped Situla with Relief Offering Scene, Late Period, 712 - 30 B.C.

|Egyptian| |Antiquities|, |Egyptian| |Bronze| |Lotus-Shaped| |Situla| |with| |Relief| |Offering| |Scene,| |Late| |Period,| |712| |-| |30| |B.C.|
The situla was a ritual vessel for offering holy Nile water. The top register displays two pairs of monkeys between two solar boats, referring to the god Thot in the Underworld. The middle, tallest register displays the dedicant making an offering with papyrus stalk and altar before ithyphallic Amen-re-c, Isis, Osiris, Nephthys, Ptah, Sekhmet and Nefertem. The next register displays sacred barks and the figure of a jackal. The bottom register displays a large lotus flower, referring to the birth of the universe.
AB30978. Situla in the shape of a lotus flower, with two loops for suspension, ornamented with four rows (registers) of divine scenes, height 10 cm (3 7/8"), SOLD


5" Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris, 26th - 30th Dynasty, 664 - 342 B.C.

|Egyptian| |Antiquities|, |5"| |Egyptian| |Bronze| |Figure| |of| |Osiris,| |26th| |-| |30th| |Dynasty,| |664| |-| |342| |B.C.|
AB31082. Egyptian bronze figure of the god Osiris in mummified form, Choice, wearing Atef-crown with Uraeus, braided beard curved at the tip, holding the royal regalia crock and flail; two-sided; excellent detail, original patina, height 13.6 cm (5 1/8"); SOLD




  




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