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ROMAN TERRACOTTA HEAD OF APOLLO
NEAR LIFE-SIZE HEAD, 4TH CENTURY BCE.
$8,000
10″ high


 

JUDAIC TERRACOTTA TOKEN (26MM.)
4TH CENTURY CE.
$800

Obverse: Showing the star of David in relief;
Reverse: Plain
A very interesting and rare item.
VERY FINE


 

COLLECTION OF 10 OIL LAMPS
EARLY ROMAN 70-2ND CENTURY CE (4), LATE ROMAN 4TH CENTURY CE (2), BYZANTINE 5TH-6TH CENTURIES CE (3),

EARLY ISLAMIC 7TH-8TH CENTURIES (1)
$1,500

Varying circular, ovoid or more elongated shapes, some with raised shoulders and assorted geometric designs, some with handles, mostly orange-buff ware


 

COLLECTION OF 5 HOLY LAND TERRACOTTA VESSELS
LATE ROMAN/BYZANTINE, 3RD-5TH CENTURIES CE., TIME OF KING HEROD
$4,000

Jugs and storage containers all with fine ridged bodies, one and two handled, varying shapes and sizes from 2 3/4″-6″ high, including an interesting twin container.By around 400 CE., Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire was urbanized and prosperous and had become the largest city in the world. Under powerful rulers, including Justin I and Justinian the Great, Byzantium flourished even as the Western Roman Empire was disintegrating. These are examples of some of the influences of well-crafted wares on potters’ wheels), circulating in the Holy Land at this time.By around 400 CE , Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire was urbanized and prosperous and had become the largest city in the world. Under powerful rulers, including Justin I and Justinian the Great, Byzantium flourished even as the Western Roman Empire was disintegrating. These are examples of some of the influences of well-crafted wares (on potters’ wheels), circulating in the Holy Land at this time.


 

RARE ANCIENT CYPRIOT PYXIS
EARLY BRONZE AGE 2700-1900 BCE.
$12,000

Egg-shaped, incised red polished ware with small flat oval lid, used for storage of grains
13″ diameter at widest point

After this period these objects disappear from the art of ancient Cyprus altogether. There are only 28 examples in existence today.

For comparisons see: Desmond Morris: The Art of Ancient Cyprus, London, 1985, p.75


 

HOLY LAND CLAY JUG 1ST CENTURY CE
ROMAN, 1ST-4TH CENTURY CE.
$3,000

The sharp angled convex body with two ridged loop handles, tapering neck with carinated ridge, base wheel-turned, pulled handle, wheel burnished and fired, orange-pink ware, excellent condition
8 1/2″ high

This bowl is typical of the well-crafted pottery of the area,
and reflects the high standard of living enjoyed by the people at this time.


 

LATE BRONZE AGE 1550-1200 BCE., TIME OF THE PATRIARCHS
$3,000

One jug, white painted ware, vase-shaped bodywith everted rim, two handles, the other a dish of same, with black/red geometric and concentric circles on backs, two handledformer 
5 1/4″ high, latter 6″ diameter


 

LACHISH AREA, IRON II C, 800-700 BCE., TIME OF KING HEZEKIAH
$800

The convex sided body, with carinated rim, ridged sides, circular base, wheel-turned, slipped burnished and fired, losses
10 1/4″ diameter


 

MARCUS AURELIUS, 161-180 CE.
$550

Obverse: Bust of Marcus Aurelius;
Reverse: Minerva standing, holding an olive branch and leaning on a shield with spear on left arm.
VERY FINE
Marcus Aurelius’s troubles began with a war in Persia followed by a terrible plague that swept the Empire and killed millions. Next came a series of invasions by Germanic barbarians to the North, one of which penetrated deep into Italy itself. Narcus met all, at one point auctioning off his own possessions to finance the war effort. Yet, he still found timne to write his Meditations, one of the most widely read books of all time. This coin was minted in 164 CE., the year that the Parthians were driven from Armenia.


 

PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, PTOLEMY II, 285-246 BCE., GAZA
$575

Obverse: Diademed head of Zeus;
Reverse: Eagle standing on a thunderbolt of Zeus. The largest coins ever to circulate in Eretz Yisrael.
VERY FINE
Under the Ptolemies, Egypt minted some extremely thick and heavy bronze coins, such as this ezample. Instead of placing the metal blank for the coin between dies and then striking the top die with a hammer, these monsters were produced using a screw press which brought down thousands of pounds of pressure on the metal. The Ptolemies ruled Egypt for 275 years until the suicide ot Cleopatra VII (the Cleopatra) and the last of the Ptolemies.


 

BRONZE COIN 285 BCE
 PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, PTOLEMY II, 285-246 BCE., GAZA
$850
Obverse: Diademed head of Zeus;

Reverse: Eagle standing on a thunderbolt of Zeus. The largest coins ever to circulate in Eretz Yisrael.
VERY FINE
Under the Ptolemies, Egypt minted some extremely thick and heavy bronze coins, such as this ezample. Instead of placing the metal blank for the coin between dies and then striking the top die with a hammer, these monsters were produced using a screw press which brought down thousands of pounds of pressure on the metal. The Ptolemies ruled Egypt for 275 years until the suicide ot Cleopatra VII (the Cleopatra) and the last of the Ptolemies.


 

TETRADRACHM 285-246 BCE
PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, PTOLEMY II 285-246 BCE.
$750

Obverse: Head of Ptolemy I;
Reverse: Eagle standing on a thunderbolt.
FINE
Another great achievement during Ptolemy II’s reign was the construction of the Pharos, a light-house reaching 440 ft. above a peninsula in Alexandria Harbour with a perpetual fire to guide the ships along the coast – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.


 

HOLY LAND TERRACOTTA PINCHED OIL LAMP
LACHISH TOMBS, 1200-800 BCE., TIME OF SAUL, DAVID, SOLOMON
$800

Wheel-turned, fired shallow bowl with everted rim forming a flat ledge, with pinched area for wick, orange-red ware
5 1/2″ diameter, 2″ high


 

GREEK SILVER TETRADRACHM (32MM.)
ALEXANDER THE GREAT OF MACEDON 336-323 BCE
$800

Obverse: Head of Hercules wearing a lion’s skin;
Reverse: Zeus enthroned holding an eagle on his outstretched palm and aceptre in other hand, with the name Alexander (in Greek) vertically to the right. MINT STATE.Under Alexander, Macedon became the greatest Empire known to history. Up until that time, the Kingdom eventually included Northern Africa, much of Asia Minor and Persia as well as Greece itself, with a combined population of some 20 million. Alexander established a common currency in the Empire, made Greek the official language, founded a number of cities and began to form a plan for the invasion of Carthage, the last vestige of Persian power. Whilwe at the pinnacle of success, Alexander overindulged at one of his banquets, dying prematurely at age 33. No one man seemed fit to rule the entire Empire and it was divided among his strongest generals, his dreams of a united Hellenistic Empire dying with him.      

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