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

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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 -
http://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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Ĺ 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.

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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.

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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


Titus, 24 June 79 - 13 September 81 A.D., Imperial Seal Box

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When the Romans sent important small packages by courier, such as documents or valuables, they were were placed in strong leather or cloth bags, which were sealed with a stout cord, the knot covered in wax and impressed with the sender's signet. To protect the wax seal, it and the knot were encased in a small, ornamental metal box with an hinged lid and two holes in the back for the cord. In addition, the lid could be kept closed by further cords sewn to the package and tied around it. Hinged boxes used for this purpose have been found in Britain, where they tend to date to the 2nd and 3rd centuries and are mostly of enameled bronze. However, they certainly started earlier. Hattatt illustrated an example found in Ostia bearing the portraits of Hadrian and Sabina (p. 464, 151) and seal boxes with portraits of Vespasian and Domitian have been found in London and must have been used by high officials (P. Salway, A History of Roman Britain [Oxford 2001], p. 381). This was certainly the case with this piece, especially given its splendid portrait of Titus, which was surely made by workers in the imperial mint in Rome and then sent out for official use in the provinces. See Roman Seal Boxes by Colin Andrews - http://www.ukdfd.co.uk/pages/roman-seal-boxes.html for more information, as well as other examples of the type.
AS75699. cf. Hattatt ABOA, pp. 461 ff. (for general type); Nomos I 144 (cover only, head right), nice green patina, hing broken, Piriform-shaped bronze box with hinged cover, decorated with laureate head of Titus left, done in repoussť work; base perforated with three holes; 3.51g, 24mm x 17mm, 9mm (depth); ex Triton XIII (5-6 Jan 2010), lot 314; very rare; SOLD




  




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