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Pharaonic Painting on Clay Fragment. Aswan. Egypt.

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    Original and authentic pieces from ancient Egypt are almost impossible to acquire at a reasonable price. And there are the issues of importing, exporting, authentication and language.   With that said, here is an item that is old but not necessarily ancient.   This painting depicts an… Continue reading

Tanagra Terracotta Woman Figurine. Himation Robe. Vase. Hellenistic Greek Period. Boeotia Greece

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    In the 1860s, Greek field peasants unearthed hundreds of clay figurines in ancient graves near the town of Bratsi, in the region of Boeotia, 40+ miles north of Athens. The more they dug, the more they unearthed beautifully made small terracotta statues. They seemed to be… Continue reading

Pre Columbian Teotihuacan Clay Bust. Figure. Statue. Teotihuacan Culture. Mesoamerica. Mexico

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    Teotihuacan is an ancient Mesoamerican city located 30 miles northeast of Mexico City. The city – which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 – was settled in early 400 B.C. and evolved into a powerful and influential city by 400 A.D. However, when the… Continue reading

Pre Columbian Seated Clay Figure. Statue. Classic Veracruz. Idol. Veracruz. Mexico

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    Classic Veracruz culture refers to a cultural area in the north and central areas of the present-day Mexican state of Veracruz, a culture that existed from roughly 100 to 1000 AD.   This particular statue is from the Late Classic Period or between the 6th and 8th Century… Continue reading

Dayak Iban Native Pottery. Vase. Container. Tajau. Sarawak. Borneo. Malaysia

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    Iban Dayak pottery (aka Tajau) is a symbol of status, wealth and power. Even though the Dayak used the pottery for a variety of “daily” things (rice, water, wine, jewelry), it is also passed down through generations as a symbol of their familial beliefs. Occasionally, it… Continue reading

Oinochoe-styled Vessel. Reproduction. Athletes. Greece

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    Accurate replica and a quality reproduction of a 500 B.C. vessel by a Greek artist, Pvaglis in the mid-1900s, in Greece. Of course, hand painted. Recreated from actual pieces found during an archaeological excavation.   Acquired from a NYC collector who commissioned Pvaglis to produce a… Continue reading

Stone / Clay Funerary Figure. Mummy. Ushabti. Shabti. Statue. Egypt.

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    Shabti or Ushabtis were small human figures representing a person who would perform a given task for the deceased in his/her afterlife. The sun god Ra would grant tracts of land for the dead to dwell for eternity. The wealthy, nobles and royalty did not plan on… Continue reading

Cat Mummy Statue. Figure. Bastet. Funerary. Afterlife. Linen Wrapped. Egypt.

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    Several Egyptian gods took the form of a cat . . most notably, Bastet. Bastet, half feline, half woman, was the goddess of the home, women’s secrets, fertility, childbirth…. and cats. In many ways, cats became a religious icon and as well as household… Continue reading

Large Antique Mummy Human Ushabti. Shabti. Statue. Funerary Figure. Private Collection. Terracotta. Egypt

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    Ushabti funerary figures – like this one – were placed in tombs with other grave goods and were intended to act as a surrogate of the deceased owner to undertake menial tasks in the afterlife. Ushabti is translated to “answerer”.   From a very large… Continue reading

Large Antique Anubis Ushabti. Shabti. Statue. Funerary Figure. Private Collection. Terracotta. Egypt

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    Ushabti funerary figures – like this one – were placed in tombs with other grave goods and were intended to act as a surrogate deceased owner to undertake menial tasks in the afterlife.   From a very large collection from an Egyptian family. This statue… Continue reading
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