332 BCE- 642 CE Founded by Alexander the Great, it was one of the greatest cities of the Mediterranean world – the intellectual center of Hellenic scholarship, culture and science, home to its legendary library and one of the “Seven Wonders of the World,” Pharaoh’s lighthouse. As Egypt’ capital, was a major Mediterranean seaport on the Nile and Rome’s major grain supplier. Under Roman rule for centuries, it was a major Greek city and Christian center with Greeks, Romans, Christians, Jews and Copts. Many terracotta figurines were made during the Roman occupation to provide home deities and revered figures. We have two terracotta figurines from this period.

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  • Ancient Harpocrates Figurine, Roman Empire, Alexandria (1844BHK) $395

    Ht: 6.5”  W: 2.625”  D: 1.75” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This figure is Harpocrates the Greek god of silence, confidentiality and secrets holding a jar and was made using a bivalve-mould. The iconography hints at a royal and temple cult, as he wears a double crown symbolizing both Upper and Lower Egypt. A royal emblem showing an association with the contemporary king, in Egypt royals with crowns were a manifestation of the Egyptian god Horus. Small white specks are all that remains of the slip and colorful paints covering it. Missing part of his right side when excavated, there are no repairs and it is mounted on a stand. Given its age, the image is in good condition with normal scrapes and cracks found in pieces of this age.


  • Ancient Pottery Woman with Child, Roman Empire, Alexandria (1845BHK) $395

    Ht: 6.75”  W: 3”  D: 2” | FREE SHIPPING!

    This Roman Egyptian figurine from Alexandria of a woman holding a young child is a Kourotrophos, a class of god and goddess figures holding infants or children. Referred to as child nurturers, these were revered deities, cult figures and mortals who were also fertility symbols and protectors of the young. Mother and child figures like this are universal and appear known in disparate cultures throughout the world.


  • Antique Ethiopian Coptic Cross Pattée (E329QCE)


    This antique Ethiopian Cross combines several cultural traditions: an Egyptian round ankh surmounted on rounded cross pattée with flaring arms that narrow towards the center. This striking pendant is heavy and large with a massive presence softened by its smooth surface and simple elegance. Prior to the 20th-century, pendant crosses were often made in small villages by skilled local metal smiths that were simpler, yet strikingly beautiful and powerful.

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