Unique female sculpture found in Turkey's Çatalhöyük. Archaeological excavations in the Central Anatolian province of Konya’s Çatalhöyük,headed by Professor Ian Hadder,have unearthed a well-preserved female figurine from the Neolithic era of 8,000-8,500 B.C. The figurine has all parts of its body intact and has been defined as “unique.”This is one of the earliest large human settlements in the world and provides important evidence of the transition from settled villages to urban…
AN ETRUSCAN CARNELIAN SCARAB AND GOLD FINGER RING CIRCA LATE 5TH CENTURY B.C. The large beetle with a crosshatched plinth, well-defined legs and head, a hatched border to the thorax, and outlined elytra with corner V winglets, the underside engraved with Bellerophon and the Chimaera, the hero riding the winged horse Pegasus, a spear in his raised hand, the horse with a ring of beads around its neck, the Chimaera in the form of a lion with its head turned back,
A WELL DEFINED CAST IRON FIRE BACK WITH DOUBLE HEADED EAGLE DECORATION. The symbolism is of the Byzantine, the first Christian Church, founded by the Roman Emperor Constantine in Constantinople, looking to East and West. Flemish 18th century.
An East Greek silver ladle Circa late 6th-5th Century B.C. With concave shallow bowl, the long faceted stem with looped finial terminating in a ram's head with well defined features including ridged horns, 7½in (19cm) long, mounted
A white jade carving of a deer Modelled with its head turned towards its back, holding a leafy peach spray in its mouth, with a bat resting on the auspicious fruit, the well defined legs tucked underneath, the stone of even white tone with very minor russet inclusions. 8.5cm (3.3/8in) wide.
Fools. Amusing late 16th-century French oak panel. The head is contained in a roundel in the manner of a romayne-head panel. However, instead of a gentleman showing off his prowess as a Roman soldier or his wealth, the man within the medallion has a well-carved but improbable headdress and ass-like ears. Beneath him, the two birds seem to be sipping from a beaker, another common Renaissance motif, but the beaks are carefully defined above the rim to show they face an impossible task.