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This is a very well made and most unusual bead with extremely rare faience colors produced in the Tel-el-Armarna period. It was originally part of a grand necklace of faience beads. Called a broad collar necklace, it was a more durable version of elaborate perishable floral collars that were worn by banquet guests. This bead represents a single date flower petal. Click here to see a magnificent broad collar necklace in the The Met Fifth Avenue, Gallery 121.AS96345. Egyptian, Tel-el-Armarna, bright yellow and bright glossy red faience fig flower petal bead, grey faience loops at each end, 19.4mm long, Superb, 1353 - 1336 B.C.; from Alex G. Malloy with his certificate of authenticity; of great rarity; $1350.00 (€1269.00)
Roman, Syria Palestina, Bronze Scroll Case Amulet, 3rd - 5th Century A.D.
This amulet was used to hold a small rolled-up thin sheet, probably of vellum (since it is gone without a trace), but possibly of bronze, lead, or silver, inscribed with minuscule writing, likely text from the bible, a priestly blessing, or a magical spell for the protection of the wearer. New technology has allowed some of these tiny scrolls to be read, expanding our understanding of the history of both Judaism and Christianity. See our Scroll Amulet NumisWiki page for links to fascinating reads online!AS111474. Roman, Syria Palestina, scroll amulet with horizontal body used to contain scroll(s) and two loops for suspension, near Choice, partially flattened, missing fragments, mineral and earthen deposits, no scroll present, 39.0mm long, 3rd - 5th Century A.D.; ex Amphora Coins (David Hendin) with his 2017 photo authenticity receipt, ex Herbert Sterns Collection (purchased in Israel mid 1990s); $400.00 (€376.00)
Roman Empire, c. 2nd - 3rd Century A.D., Choice and Wearable Pair of Ornate Gold Earrings
AS93744. a matching pair of ornate gold earrings, c. 2nd - 3rd century A.D., choice, and wearable!, each a hoop with granules around, ropework attachment loop, each with two attached loops with openwork filigree spokes and granules, c. 4.1 cm from top to bottom, 5.21g + 5.30g = 10.51g total; ex Tom Cederlind; SOLD
Byzantine, Eastern Mediterranean, Gold Earrings, 6th - 7th Century A.D.
Jewelry with these flat backed disk like pellet globules was popular across the Byzantine empire and with the barbarian tribes to the north. Examples have been found from Sicily to Hungary and Northern Bulgaria. Most or all of this jewelry was probably made in the Eastern Mediterranean, possibly in Syria. Examples have been found with coins from Tiberius II (578 - 582) to Heraclius (610- 641).AS34486. Earrings; cf. Byzantine and Early Medieval Antiquities in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection, Volume II, 85; 2.9 cm (1 1/8") long, 4.597 grams, Superb, pair of loop earrings each with two single globules and a central large multi formed globuled drop pendant; complete, intact and wearable; SOLD
Roman, Pair of Gold Earrings, 2nd - 3rd Century A.D.
SH49964. Gold earrings, overall length 3.2 cm, wearable, Choice, each with loop decorated with of pyramids of granules on outer faces and a run of granules on sides, drop pendant with hollow globe ornamented with pyramids of granules; a few tiny granules missing; ex CNG; SOLD
The Medes, an ancient Iranian people, lived in the northwestern portions of present-day Iran, the area known as Media. They entered this region with the first wave of Iranian tribes, in the late 2nd millennium B.C. By the 6th century B.C., after having together with the Babylonians defeated the Neo-Assyrian Empire, the Medes establish their authority, lasting for about sixty years, from the sack of Nineveh in 612 B.C. until 549 B.C. when Cyrus the Great established the Achaemenid Empire by defeating Astyages, king of Media.SH40753. Gold pendant, pre-empire Median; sun with rays, stars between the rays arranged in a circle, Choice, some perforations, weight 7.706 g, maximum diameter 71 mm, SOLD
Roman, Millefiori Enameled Brooch, 2nd Century A.D.
Probably made in the Rhineland but found in the Middle East.
Despite the corrosion and damage, this is a museum quality piece because of the superb quality of the original workmanship.AS34494. cf. BnF Bronzes 1778, Hattatt ABOA 1600, Figure 75 (similar millefiori), Van Buchem, plate XV 7; 5 cm (2") long, symmetrical "equal ended" design, central raised rectangle, triangle ends, peripheral lugs, tiny millefiori enamelling with checkerboards, rosettes, stripes and concentric circles; corrosion, hole in side, pin missing, reassembled from two pieces; rare; SOLD
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