NEAR EASTERN AND SCYTHIAN JEWELRY

 

 

213   PAIR OF WESTERN ASIATIC OR 
         SCYTHIAN GOLD HAIR  ORNAMENTS
         VII c. B.C.  
Each composed of convex round sheet with beaded wire perimeter, granulated triangles forming central ten-pointed star in one ornament and eleven-pointed star in the other. At the center there is a half-sphere boss bordered by beaded wire and small triangles of granulation. A solid, thick wire spiral soldered to the center of the back.
 
22 x 21 x 24 mm. 

Christie's of New York, Ancient Jewelry 12/05/2001, lot 54.
For a related ornament see: Maxwell-Hyslop K. R. Western Asiatic Jewellery, c.3000-612 B.C. W&T Mackay&Co Ltd, Chatham, Kent, 1971, fig. 81.
$10000

 

 

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968   BRONZE EARRINGS
         VI c. B.C.
Each composed of a convex round sheet and a solid wire-hook with pointed end soldered to the center of the back.  
H. 1.8" (4.8 cm).
 
$ 250

 

 

 

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1013   ASSYRIAN OR URARTIAN  BRONZE ARMLET
           IX-VIII c. B.C.
Cast bronze. Heavy oval hoop with overlapping ends, terminated with bull calf heads, which are realistically modeled with prominent forehead, round convex eyes and ears pressed to the head. Multiple depressed collar lines on outside of the hoop. L. 4.2" (10.6 cm),  W. 3.5" (9 cm).
See: Maxwell-Hyslop K. R. Western Asiatic Jewellery, c.3000-612 B.C. W&T Mackay&Co Ltd, Chatham, Kent, 1971, pg. 246, 250,251.
$ 650

 

 

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705   URARTIAN BRONZE BRACELET
         Early Iron Age, VII-VI c. B.C.
Cast bronze round hoop with round cross section. Seven globular knobs equally spaced along the perimeter, decorated with engraved lines. 2.2"x 2.3" (5.6 x 5.8 cm).
SOLD

 

 

 

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147   SCYTHIAN GOLD PLAQUE
         IV c. B.C.
The sheet-gold plaque hammered over a matrix, depicting  two Maenads wearing long belted garments: one facing left, holding thyrsos in her right hand and goat head in her left hand, animal skin behind her; the other Maenad dancing right, holding animal leg in her left hand, her head thrown back in ecstasy. Holes are pierced around the perimeter. 
1.9" x 2.8" (48 x 69 mm). 
Christie's of New York Antiquities Auction, 8 June 2001, lot 327.
For identical depiction see: Reeder E. D. Scythian Gold. Harry N. Abrams Publishers, NY, 1999, page 241, cat. 114; Piotrovsky B. Scythian Art. Phaidon, Oxford, 1987, cat. 135.
$ 10000

 

 

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686   GOLD PLAQUE
         IV c. B.C.
The sheet-gold plaque in low relief, hammered over a matrix, follows the contour of a Gorgon head with wavy hair, wide open mouth with protruding tongue. Perimeter pierced with 4 h
oles. 9 mm. 
For a similar plaque see: Reeder E. D. Scythian Gold. Harry N. Abrams Publishers, NY, 1999, page 186, cat. 73; Williams D., Ogden J. Greek Gold: Jewellery of the Classical World, 1994, cat. 74.
$ 300

 

 

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229   THREE GOLD PLAQUES
         IV c. B.C. 
A rectangular sheet-gold plaque, hammered over a matrix,  with a border of repousse dots. High relief of a symmetrical, uncertain form of a bundle, bound in  the center. Holes are pierced along the perimeter. 17 x 28 mm.
 
For similar plaques see:
Sidorova N. A. Reports of A. S. Pushkin Federal Museum of Fine Arts. Moscow, 1968, pg. 21.  
$ 625

 

 

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529   GOLD PLAQUE
         V c. B.C.
The  sheet-gold square plaque, hammered over a matrix, compositionally divided into smaller squares with raised perimeters and dots in the middle.
19 x 19 mm. 
For similar plaque see: Art Treasures of Ancient Kuban. Catalogue of Exhibition. Moscow, 1987, pg. 106; Leskov O. Treasures from Kherson barrows. Mistetstvo, Kiev, 1974, pg. 56.       
$ 375

 

 

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532   THREE GOLD PLAQUES
         V cent. B.C.
The sheet-gold plaques, hammered over a matrix in the form of a four petal rosette, each of them with raised perimeter and dot-center.
Holes are pierced between petals. 
13 x 13 mm. 
For similar plaques see:
Leskov O. Treasures from Kherson barrows. Mistetstvo, Kiev, 1974, pg. 56.       
$ 450

 

 

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530   FOUR GOLD PLAQUES
         V cent. B.C.
The sheet-gold square plaques, hammered over a matrix, divided into nine smaller squares, five of which have dots in the middle. 
10 x 10 mm. 
For similar plaque see: Art Treasures of Ancient Kuban. Catalogue of Exhibition.
Moscow, 1987, pg. 106.
$ 450

 

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531   FOUR GOLD PLAQUES
         V cent. B.C.
The sheet-gold square plaques, hammered over a matrix, divided into nine smaller squares, five of which have dots in the middle. One third of one plaque missing.
10 x 10 mm. 
For similar plaque see: Art Treasures of Ancient Kuban. Catalogue of Exhibition.
Moscow, 1987,  pg. 106.
$ 350

 

 

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234   EIGHT GOLD PLAQUES 
         IV c. B.C.
The sheet-gold plaque, hammered over a matrix, with a border of repousse dots around high conical center. Holes are pierced along the perimeter. Up to 16 mm.
Christie's NY, Antiquities, 06/04/1999, lot 78. 
For similar plaques see: Marshall F. H. Catalogue of the Jewelry, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman, in the Departments of Antiquities, British Museum. 1969, cat. 1190.
 
$ 450

 

 

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236  FOUR GOLD PLAQUES
        IV c. B.C. 
The sheet-gold plaque, hammered over a matrix, with raised dots around high dome center. Holes are pierced around the perimeter. Up to 17 mm.
 
Christie's NY, Antiquities, 06/04/1999, lot #78. 
For similar plaques see: Davidson P. F. Ancient Greek and Roman jewelry in The Brooklyn Museum. 1984, cat. 32.
$ 350

 

 

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225   FIVE GOLD PLAQUES
         IV c. B.C. 
The sheet-gold plaque, hammered over a matrix, with raised dots around high dome center. Holes are pierced around the perimeter.
Up to 18 mm.

For similar plaques see: Davidson P. F. Ancient Greek and Roman jewelry in The Brooklyn Museum. 1984, cat. 32.  
$ 400

 

 

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216   THREE GOLD PLAQUES
         IV c. B.C.
The sheet-gold plaque, hammered over a matrix, domed in a center and ribbed perimeter. Holes are pierced around the perimeter. 
Up to 14 mm.  
SOLD
  

 

 

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226   FOUR GOLD PLAQUES
         IV c. B.C
The sheet-gold plaque, hammered over a matrix, with a border of repousse dots around high conical center. Holes are pierced through conical part. 
Up to 16 mm.
 
For similar plaques see: Marshall F. H. Catalogue of the Jewelry, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman, in the Departments of Antiquities, British Museum. 1969, cat. 1190.
  
$ 225  

 

 

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685   TEN GOLD PLAQUES
         V c. B.C
The hemispherical sheet-gold plaque hammered over a matrix with a loop in the center of the back. Loop formed by twisted wire, both ends are flattened and soldered. Up to 3 mm. 
For similar plaques see:
W. Rudolph. A golden legacy. Ancient jewelry from the B.Y. Berry collection at the Indiana University Art Museum, 1995, cat. #22.Q.1-4.    
$ 350

 

 

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977   BRONZE PENDANT
         second half of V- IV c. B.C.
Cast bronze. The ring with round cross-section and massive suspension loop. Clusters of five granules soldered to the ring, placed apart 120 degrees along the circle.
H. 1.5" (3.9 cm).
 
SOLD

 

 

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960   BRONZE PIN
         VII c. B.C.
Shaft with round cross-section, pointed at one end. Terminated with the figure of a  bird, feather indicated by engraved lines, punched round indentations for eyes. 
H. 3.7"  (9.4 cm).
 
$ 250

 

 

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409   BRONZE PIN
         VI-V c. B.C.
Shaft with round cross-section, terminated with the biconical head. Tip broken off (ancient loss).
H. 4.2"  (10.7 cm).
 
$ 150

 

 

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959   IRON PIN
         VI-V c. B.C.
Shaft with round cross-section, terminated with the conical head. 
H. 3.7"  (9.4 cm).
 
See: H. Pittman. Art of the Bronze Age. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1984, pg. 48, fig. 19.
$ 50

 

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