Ritual & Ceremonial

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  • Ancient Carinated Flagon, Roman North Africa


    This Roman ceramic flagon with high vertical sides is a uniquely shaped vessel used to store and pour potable liquids. a crème slipped carinated jug with a high profile and a trefoil pouring spout, it has a strap handle attached from the carinated edge to just below the rim for easy handling. Expected age markers include minor scrapes, slip losses and a chip, earth and mineral adherants and white deposits underneath. Otherwise, it is in excellent condition for its burial and is without cracks, repairs or restorations.

  • Ancient Figurine of Woman with Child, Roman Empire, Alexandria


    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 fertility symbols and protectors of the young.


  • Ancient Glazed Han Wing Cup, China


    This rare Han dynasty green glazed winged cup is a mingqi burial object placed in a tomb to comfort and satisfy the deceased. Winged cups were popular during the Han Dynasty when they were made from molded earthenware covered with a thick green leaded glaze which sometimes , as here, caused a chemical reaction between the lead and the tomb’s humidity resulting in an iridescent silver-green color.  It is in very good condition considering its age and use with considerable silver-green glazed luminous iridescence remaining.

  • Ancient Greco-Roman Harpocrates Figurine, Roman Empire, Alexandria


    This figure is Harpocrates the Greek god of silence, confidentiality and secrets holding a jar. 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 Han Dynasty Cocoon Jar with Cloud Designs, China


    Cocoon jars were mingqi made for placement in tombs to comfort the deceased on their journey to the cosmos. An elixir of Immortality made from mulberry leaves or their ashes was placed inside for the deceased to drink and transmigrate into the world of the beyond like a butterfly. Ovoid in shape to resemble a silkworm cocoon, they rest on a small trumpet-shaped foot and have a narrow neck and a wide lip jutting outward at the mouth.  Painted after firing with vertical bands dividing it into panels, swirling cloud scrolls and circular “eye” motifs at each end, this beautiful vessel is in excellent condition for its age with expected paint losses, scrapes and adhesions of dirt.

  • Ancient Han Dynasty Pottery Pig, China


    This glazed pig mingqi was one of many items made for a tomb to placate the spirit of the deceased and assure the soul’s access to the things enjoyed when alive. This animal mingqi confirms the importance of pigs as a food source and of raising livestock in Han China. An alert animal whose stocky body is typical, it’s dark lead green glaze and damp tomb created a chemical reaction over centuries making it a lustrous, iridescent green impossible to copy that is highly valued in China and by collectors. In very good condition, it has expected glaze losses, minor abrasions and cracks due to its age and long tomb burial.

  • Ancient Holy Land Biblical Period Wine Jug, Judea


    This very attractive Biblical Period terracotta wine jug is fairly rare because of its difficult chances of survival. Made in the Judea Holy Land, it has a tall globular body and a downward sloped shoulder ending together in a distinctive carinated edge running around its top. It rests on a low foot that adds to its visually striking profile.

  • Ancient Terracotta Carinated Flagon with Handle, Roman North Africa


    Made in Roman North Africa, this carinated flagon has a low profile. Its shape often occurs in ancient cultures when the top and lower sections are angled in opposite directions to form an angled edge extending around the vessel. Used to store and pour potable liquids, it has a long neck, a flaring rim and a strap handle from its shoulder to the rim. In excellant condition for its age and long burial, it has no visible cracks, breaks, repairs or restoration with expected scrapes, slip losses and clinging mineral deposits.

  • Antique Bible/Document Cover with Brocaded Decoration, Bolivia


    Lovingly hand-made in a folder style, this antique religious document cover from Bolivia is decorated on each side with hand brocaded purple fabric with gold thread and symbolic Christian floral designs framed by geometric and curved decorative gold borders. It is in good condition showing considerable signs of wear and was used frequently as a religious article possibly as a holder of priests’ sermons or other important religious documents. Our images do not do it justice as they cannot capture light flickers from the gold threads interwoven in the borders and its vibrant gold floral patterns. The inside and ends are lined in red material.

  • Antique Brass Nandi, India


    This finely cast antique recumbent miniature statue with finely articulated features portrays Nandi decorated with jewels and sitting recumbent on a high-tiered throne.  Waiting to serve his Lord Shiva and kneeling in reverence and worship, Nandi is a symbol of purity and strength. Small figurines like this were placed on home shrines with other deities and items of significance to the family. Made using lost wax casting method whose mold is destroyed after use, it is a one-of-a-kind piece in very good condition with casting and plating flaws in the rear and a surface scratch and minor plating loss on the back left side.


  • Antique Bronze Miniature Stupa/Pagoda, Nepal


    This 18th-century antique hand-made metal 7-level stupa/pagoda was made in Nepal and was purchased in the 1970s in Kathmandu.   This fine example has decorative details around the base and two of the round eaves have scalloped edges. It was used for personal devotion on a home altar or shrine. Antique Buddhist items are now extremely scarce in Nepal.


  • Antique Bronze/Brass Nandi, South India


    This small antique brass Nandi is well-proportioned, exquisitely handcrafted and has a wonderfully aged patina. He sits recumbent on a raised rectangular platform. Delicately incised with decorative details delineating the head, neck, snout and body, his right leg and tail are sinuous, graceful ornaments rather than defining features. His head is at a 45-degree with lyrically curved horns in contrast to most versions with horns extending backwards. This Nandi is based on a South Indian cow whose humpback is emphasized here by two parallel lines covering it as if is part of a saddle or another ornament feature.

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