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All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1910 item #996110 (stock #1642)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
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Monumental Yoruba - Nigeria Gelede Wooden Body Mask of Iya Nla (Great Powerful Mother) Early 20th Century 54 H x 21" wide. Arms are available. Kept inside the Gelede Shrine, not danced but carried on a platform during Gelede, an annual festival honoring “our mothers” (awon iya wa), not so much for their motherhood, but as female elders. It takes place in the dry season (March-May) among the Yoruba people of south-west Nigeria and neighboring southeast Benin. Artifact in excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1184543 (stock #1910)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
$700.00
Jama Coaque Pottery Shaman, Ecuador, ca. 400 BCE - 500 CE. Polychromed zoomorphic male figure with large tail standing with arms outstretched. Brilliant headdress portrays ceremonial life in coastal Ecuador. 6 1/4" high, in excellent condition. Ex: The Lands Beyond, New York. Jama-Coaque community existed between 355 BCE 0 1532 CE and inhabited the areas between the Cape of San Francisco in Esmeraldas to the north of Manabi. It was developed in an area of wooded hills and wide beaches that facil...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Chinese : Sculpture : Pre 1900 item #1287073 (stock #3091)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
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Qing Dynasty Turqoise Glazed Ceramic Grouping of Buddhistic Lions, or Foo Dogs, China ca. 1880. A trio of lions in playful positions revealing teeth and tongue. Note this piece has been repaired and has some loss as seen in images. Purchased at Sotheby's South Kensington. In Buddhism lions are symbolic of the bodhisattvas, the "sons of the Buddha" or "Buddha's lions". In buddhist iconography we find the lions in their role of dharma protectors supporting the throne of the Buddha and Bodhisattva....
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Holy Land : Sculpture : Pre 1492 item #1187211 (stock #1934)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
$1,500.00
Mameluke Stucco Fragment Head of a Lion, 13th Century. 2 1/4" high. Some pigment remains around mouth. Ex: Arieh Klein, Jerusalem. The Mameluke Period (1250-1517 CE) In 1260 the Mameluke rulers of Egypt conquered Palestine and became the new masters of Jerusalem. While Mameluke Jerusalem bore prime religious importance, politically it was insignificant. The Mamelukes were soldiers who had been brought to Egypt as property of the ruler from the Central Asian steppes. Since they had been brought i...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : African : Sculpture : Pre 1920 item #1235522 (stock #3040)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
$2,800.00
Stunning Benin / Nigeria Bronze Ceremonial Ladle, Africa Early 20th Century. 17" long. Figure with pleasing facial features on the globular ladle. The handle is a standing figure of a male ancestor with attached ring. In excellent condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Pre 1900 item #1310197 (stock #3046)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
$900.00
Japanese Satsuma Gold Gilt Oil Lamp, Meiji Period ca. 1880. Dynamic scene of Buddhist Saints (Rakans) surrounded by earthly followers. Border of floral and geometric shapes. Oil lamp is American made by C.H. McKenney and probably not originally made for Satsuma vase. Glass globe is also a recent addition. In excellent condition. 17 1/4" high x 5 1/2" diameter. Satsuma ware is a style of Japanese earthenware originally from the Satsuma region of what is today southern Kyūshū. Today, it ...
All Items : Traditional Collectibles : Numismatics : Coins : Middle Eastern : Pre AD 1000 item #1267386 (stock #3763535-125)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
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A bronze Widow's Mite or Prutah, minted by Alexander Jannaeus, King of Judaea, 103 - 76 B.C. obverse: anchor upside-down in circle, reverse: star of eight rays. Mark 12:41-44, The Widow’s Offering: 41 Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. 42 But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. 43 Calling his disciples to him, Jes...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Byzantine : Pre AD 1000 item #1153355 (stock #1810)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
$250.00
Byzantine Pottery Oil Lamp, ca. 360-640 CE. Splendid coiled body with elongated spout and slender neck with loop handle. Intact and in excellent condition. 2" in height.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Ivory : Pre 1900 item #1196324 (stock #1993)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
$850.00
Three Japanese Ivory Netsuke heads from the Noh Theater, Japan, ca. 1920. Each incised with various characters of the theater and signed on reverse by artist. All in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. Size of each is approximately 1 3/4" high. According to the Fitzwilliam Museum, the netsuke is a form of miniature sculpture originating in 17th-century Japan. These often elaborately carved items were designed to function as 'toggles' for the silk cords upon which Japanese men strung the...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Roman : Bronze : Pre AD 1000 item #1186893 (stock #1926)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
$5,000.00
Roman Bronze Hydria Attachment of a Siren, wings open as if in mid-flight. Wearing aegis with soft solemn features, her eyes thickly lidded and hair parted and rolled back in braids. Fully laden with overlapping leaf pattern. Circa 2nd - 3rd Century C.E., 6 1/4" high including custom lucite stand. In excellent condition. The Hydria, primarily a pot for fetching water, derives its name from the Greek word for water. Hydriai often appear on painted Greek vases in scenes of women carrying water fro...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Holy Land : Bronze : Pre AD 1000 item #1223837 (stock #3012)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
$5,500.00
From the Age of the Patriarchs. Splendid Middle Bronze Age II, Bronze Figure of a god, Canaan ca. 2100 - 1550 BCE. Strong facial features with deep set eyes and long beard. Depicted in the nude with pronounced nipples, arms raised forward and small rounded feet. 3 3/4" high. In excellent condition. Ex: Sasson Ancient Art, Jerusalem. For example see Canaanite Gods in Metal: An Archaeological Study of Ancient Syro-Palestinian Figures, by Ora Negbi, Institute of Technogology, Tel Aviv University, 1...
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Gold : Pre 1900 item #1058486 (stock #1687)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
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18K Mogul / Mughal Emerald and Diamond Stick Pin, India, ca. 1850. Green emerald adorns tip with an accent diamond just below. 18K gold is scored in swirling fashion from diamond to tip. In excellent condition. 3 1/4" long. According to Gemfields, the history of emeralds is long and prolific; in fact, records show that the gem was bought and sold in Babylonian markets as early as 4000 BC. Egyptian Queen Cleopatra is possibly the most famous admirer of emeralds, and her own mine was rediscovered ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Holy Land : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1199269 (stock #2016)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
$1,500.00
Hellenistic Terracotta Brazier fragment of a Head of a Bearded Man found in the Holy Land. Protruding beard and short hair, heavy lidded eyes under arching brows with missing nose. Fragment in good condition. Circa 4th - 2nd B.C.E. 3 3/4" high. On Custom lucite stand. Ex: Archaeological Center, Tel Aviv. A brazier is a container for fire, generally taking the form of an upright standing or hanging metal bowl or box. Used for burning solid fuel, braziers principally provide heat and light, but ma...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Ancient World : Holy Land : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1026608 (stock #1656)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
$1,500.00
Sold separately: Two Early Bronze Age I potter Bowls, ca. 3100 - 2100 BCE. Found in the Holy Land. Largest is 6" diameter and smaller is 5 1/4" diameter. Both have earthen encrustation and lug handles. Both in very good condition while smaller has small chips to rim. Ex: Archaeological Center, Old Jaffa. The Early Bronze Age I is marked by rural proto-urban (unwalled) cities. The EB I is continuous with the Chalcolithic, especially in the north. Houses are mostly either: apsidal, with a curve at...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1191850 (stock #1965)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
$4,500.00
Colima Pottery Blackware Duck Vessel, Mexico, ca. 100 BCE - 250 CE. Colima Blackware Potery Duck, Mexico, ca. 100 BCE - 250 CE. Finely modeled with long bill, small eyes staring outward. Stylized plumage and large hollow tail for spout. 6 3/4" high. Some stable, hairline cracks in cylindrical opening, but in good condition. Ex: Lands Beyond, New York. The name Colima comes from the Nahuatl word 'collimaitl', with 'colli' meaning 'ancestors or gods' and 'maitl' meaning 'the domain of...'. The Col...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1182427 (stock #1859)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
$4,000.00
Veracruz Pottery Shaman Vessel, Remojadas, Classic, Mexico, ca. 450-650 CE. Unusual double chambered form, Shaman figure with upraised right arm and diminutive legs emerging from the sides. High shaven forehead and wearing a loop nose ring and earrings. Chest protected by a shield. Painted reddish brown and buff. Some repair and also damage as seen in photos, otherwise in very good condition. 12 3/4" High. Ex: Sotheby's New York. Remojadas is a name applied to a culture, an archaeological site, ...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Sculpture : Pre AD 1000 item #1186898 (stock #1927)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
$5,000.00
Maya, Jaine Island, Mold-made standing warrior wearing avian attire. Face emerging from owl's head headdress. Traces of orange, red & white pigment. Ring loop on back for flight-like suspension, Mexico, circa 550 - 950 C.E. 6 3/4" high. Jaina Island is a pre-Columbian Maya archaeological site in the present-day Mexican state of Campeche. A small limestone island on the Yucatán Peninsula's Gulf coast with only a tidal inlet separating it from the mainland, Jaina served as an elite Maya burial si...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Americas : Pre Columbian : Pottery : Pre AD 1000 item #1207347 (stock #2064)
Griffin Gallery Ancient Art
$4,500.00
Moche II Jaguar God Stirrup Vessel, Peru circa 100 - 300 CE. In transition from human to jaguar, with bared fangs and stylized hair he stalks prey. Intact and in excellent condition. 7" high. Ex: Jean-Eugene Lions collection, Geneva. The Pre-Columbian culture knew various jaguar gods, in addition to jaguar demi-gods, (ancestral) protectors, and transformers.