Holy Land. Bronze Age, c. 1500 - 1000 BC. Nice bronze socketed spear head. Long mid-rib and short socket. Still very sharp, with narrow blades from weathering and re-sharpening in antiquity. Nice brown "river" patina. Petrified wood remains inside the socket! Measures over 9 1/2" long. Very very cool. Ex-Midwest USA museum deaccession. #WP2007x2: $350 SOLD
Holy Land. Bronze Age, 1st millennium BC. Bronze dagger blade. Narrow blade with midrib, the tang short with a hole for the attachment of a handle. 197 mm (7 3/4") long. Intact with nice red to green patina, some earthen deposits. Ex-Midwest USA museum deaccession. #WP2006x2: $275 SOLD
Holy Land. Canaanite, c. 1200 BC. Superb and huge Canaanite ceramic face of a deity, from Jaffa, Israel. With large angular nose, large deep-set eyes and narrow mouth, the backside concave with flat border. A nice example with well-preserved red-slip and attractive deposits. Old collection numbers on the backside. 61x58 mm (2 7/16" x 2 1/4"). Mounted on custom stand. Lovely red color. Ex Archaeology Center, Tel-Aviv. Rare! #AH2075: $750 SOLD
Holy Land. Canaanite, c. 1000-500 BC. Attractive terracotta fertility figure. Depicted wearing a headdress and gown, right hand on her breast, left hand on her belly. Frontally molded with good detail and light deposits. Fingerprints of the ancient maker still clearly visible on back! H: 4" (102 mm). Ex New York private antiquities collection. #AH2072: $399 SOLD
Time of Biblical Abraham!
Fine cuneiform tablet from the collection of Ernest Freemark (1882-1966), collected between 1913 - 1915
Sumerian, Ur Dynasty, from Umma, 2111 BC. Exquisite small cuneiform tablet. A Messenger Text, standard format listing quantities of beer, bread, oil, potash, garlic for “messengers” (couriers) who travelled among cities delivering offical goods and messages. The individuals named here are: Shu-Ishtar, Gi-nu-lum, x […..], and Ur-Sin. Month 7, the 4th day, Year Shu-Sin 3. Shu-Ishtar, Gi-nu-lum, x […..] and Ur-Sin). Month 7, the 4th day, Year Shu-Sin 3, from Umma. Beautiful surfaces with extremely fine, small cuneiform text. Measures 24x21x8 mm (7/8" x 13/16" x 5/16"). A mini masterpiece! Freemark reference #6 with his numbered tag inked on edge. Also included is Mr. Freemark’s handwritten envelope reading “No. 6 Sumerian Cuneiform Tablet 2117 BC Ur Dynasty, Time of Abraham." From the collection of Ernest Freemark (1882-1966), collected between 1913 and 1915; ex-R. Knickerbocker collection, New York, by descent (the famous Knickerbocker family of New York). Comes with a full copy of the envelope, letter, and identifications provided. This includes: Letter from the University of Michigan, dated April 29, 1952, from George G. Cameron, Chairman, Department of Near Eastern Studies. "Cuneiform Documents in the possession of E.C. Freemark, Elmore, Ohio." "The tablets were all rebaked and translated by Albrecht Goetze of Yale University". #AP2065: $950 SOLD
Ancient Holy Land, Levantine, c. 1st Millennium BC. Nice bronze amuletic male figure. Depicts a man wearing long robes, his right hand to his face in the manner of Harpokrates, left hand behind his base. Intact with suspension loop at back. L: 27mm. Ex Joel L. Malter private collection. #AP2023: $250 SOLD
Ancient Syria, c. 3rd - 5th Century AD. Small stone amuletic male figure. Made of black serpentine, in a stylized form of a cloaked bearded man in contemplative pose. L: 25mm. Drilled for suspension. Ex Joel L. Malter private collection. #AP2022: $125 SOLD
Holy Land. Canaanite, c. 1200 - 600 BC. A beautiful bust from a terracotta fertility goddess. Frontally molded with detailed features, wearing a tall headdress, necklaces, earrings and clutching a tablet to her breast. H: 1 5/8" (4.2 cm). Light deposits, mounted on a wide, metal disk base. Ex Wiltshire, UK private collection: From the estate of Amold Walter Lawrence, 1900-1991, younger brother of TE Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia"). Historian who participated in, among others, the excavation of UR. Collected prior to WWII. #AP2119: $599 SOLD
Holy Land, c. 2nd-1st millennium BC. A huge rectangular alabaster stone bead with a central hole. A massive 44 mm (1 3/4") across and very thick and heavy! Clear white iridescent surfaces. ex-Los Angeles, CA collection. #AB2021: $99 SOLD
Star of David?
Holy Land, c. 1000 BC. Fantastic hematite cylinder seal with a 6 pointed star! Undrilled with central depressions on either side for mounting into a handle or similar, and depicting a stylized seated figure amongst stylized animals and cult objects, a six-pointed star at center. Made right around the time of Biblical King David (c. 1010-970 BCE). 13 x 16mm. Ex Robert Wilson Collection, acquired in Beirut in 1967. RARE! #AP2267: $950 SOLD
Holy Land, c. 325-638 AD. Great bronze cross pendant. The round area in the center once likely held a stone or glass inlay. H: 37 mm (1 7/16"), with olive-green patina and heavy earthen deposits, large suspension loop. Found in Israel! ex-Jerusalem, Israel gallery. Rare! #JM2287: $250 SOLD
Holy Land, c. 2nd Millennium BC. Great crème marble cylinder seal. Depicts two standing men holding long spears, all within a dotted border. H: 2.9 cm. Ex Wiltshire, UK private collection. #AH2228: $550 SOLD
Holy Land, c. 1st century BC - 1st Century AD. Large iron fishing-hook! Found outside Galilee, Israel. Ex-Los Angeles, CA private collection. 81 mm (3 1/4") long! #AR2051x2: $225 SOLD
Holy Land. Canaanite, c. 1550 - 1200 BC. Rare Canaanite faience cylinder seal depicting a horned goat looking back at a large altar. L: 20 mm. Intact with light white coloration, some traces of blue. Minor edge chipping. Ex Los Angeles private collection. #AH2069: $450 SOLD
Holy Land, c. 1st Millennium BC. A charming calcite votive statuette depicting a standing couple, both wearing dress-like costume and clasping hands, the woman clutching a small bag which is suspended by a strap. An interesting piece, the figures with almond-shaped eyes, the woman's hair tied with a fillet. On integral base with stylized script across the front and vertical lines on the back. Stands 6" (15.2 cm) tall. Ex Joseph C. Morton collection. Fabulous! #AH2067: $1200 SOLD
Holy Land. Canaanite, c. 1200 BC. Great Canaanite ceramic face of a deity, from Jaffa, Israel. With hand-modeled features: large angular nose, heavy brow ridges, pierced ear and a narrow chin. Heavy mineral deposits throughout. 1 1/2" (38 mm). Mounted on custom stand. Ex Archaeology Center, Tel-Aviv. #AH2076: $650 SOLD
Holy Land, c. 5th-7th Century AD. Fantastic and enigmatic HUGE carved triangular ceramic pendant. One side incised with a horseman facing right, flanked by stars, horizontal line above. The other side with an uncertain design. Large suspension hole through the top. Some surface wear and deposits. Worthy of further study! H: 2 1/4" (5.6cm). Ex-New York City private collection. #AP2142: $475 SOLD
Ancient Holy Land, c. 1st millennium BC. Nice carnelian bead. Measures 12 mm (7/16"). with nice color and lighter swirling veins. ex-Los Angeles, CA private collection. #AP2281: $60 SOLD
Roman fishing-net tool with Biblical relevance!
Ancient Rome, c. 1st-2nd century AD. Bronze fishing-net mending tool, the same type used by Jesus’ disciples. Similar tools found near Galilee, Israel. See Matthew:4 in the New Testament, Verses 18 to 22 describe the calling of the first four fishermen, who become his first disciples: two, Simon Peter and Andrew, were casting a net into the sea, and two, James, and John, working with Zebedee their father, were repairing their nets. The disciples abandon possessions and family to be what Jesus calls "fishers of men". For type, cf. Mendel Nun, "The Sea of Galilee and its Fishermen in the New Testament" p. 31. 12.5 cm (4 7/8”) long with nice light olive-green patina. ex-Santa Barbara County, CA scholastic collection. #AR2802: $250 SOLD
Holy Land, c. 1st Millennium BC. Fantastic terracotta pendant depicting a musician! Oval in shape, the front bearing the impression from an intaglio, depicting a seated figure facing right, both hands outstretched, playing a lyre or other musical instrument; suspension loop at top. A depiction that has been compared to King David! And dating from his time. 27 x 20mm. Light deposits. Ex-East Coast private collection; Ex-California Museum of Ancient Art, donated 1989. (0008). De-accessioned to raise funds for its Ancient Art Acquisition Fund in order to build its growing collections. #AP2264: $325 SOLD