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Han Dynasty Polychromed Pottery Horse
Located in Dallas, TX
This pottery figurine is sculpted to show the strong, bold line and muscularity of the horse. Once part of an assembled set, this horse bears the characteristics associated with the ...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Han Antique Antiquities

Materials

Pottery

Greek, Attic Red Figure Squat Lekythos with Sphinx
Located in Zurich, Canton Zurich
Attic RF charming squat-lekythos depicting a sphinx. Athens, 5th century BC. Intact. Provenance: Ex estate of Mr. Bruno Fellinger (1926-2016), Sonnenrain 2, 8700 Küsnacht, Switzerla...
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15th Century and Earlier Greek Classical Greek Antique Antiquities

Materials

Clay

Large Pre-Columbian Stone Metate
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Carved stone ceremonial tripod Metate. Made in Costa Rica circa 900 to 1400 AD.
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15th Century and Earlier Costa Rican Antique Antiquities

Materials

Stone

Indian Carved Pink Sandstone Torso of Vishnu, 10th-11th Century
Located in Austin, TX
An alluring fragmentary sculpture of the Hindu god Vishnu, carved from pink sandstone, Madhya Pradesh, circa 10th-11th century. Carved from a pink sandstone, Vishnu the Preserver ...
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15th Century and Earlier Indian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Sandstone

Authentic Greek Owl Tetradrachm Coin 'circa 430-420 BC' in 22-Karat Gold Pendant
Located in Atlanta, GA
An authentic Greek, Attica, Athens Tetradrachm owl/Athena coin (circa 430-420 BC), set in a custom rounded, suspended style, 22-karat gold bezel with 22-karat gold bail. The obverse,...
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15th Century and Earlier Greek Antique Antiquities

Materials

Silver, Gold

Dubini Kings of Persis Ancient Silver Coins 18 Karat Yellow Gold Ring
By DUBINI
Located in London, GB
This DUBINI coin ring from the 'Empires' collection features authentic Persepolis coins minted circa 50 - 1 B.C set in 18K yellow gold. * Due to the unique process of hand carving c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Classical Roman Antiquities

Materials

18k Gold, Silver

Original Antique (3rd Century AD) Roman Carved Stone Intaglio
Located in Chicago, IL
Holding this artifact in one's hands, one can almost feel the power, glory and might of the Roman Empire!<br /> <br /> Anyone can go to the shopping mall and simply pick a new piec...
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18th Century and Earlier Antique Antiquities

Ancient Greek Hellenistic Marble Head of an Athlete
Located in London, GB
This powerful piece of Hellenistic sculpture is full of pathos. It depicts the idealised head of an athlete, with hair arranged in short locks around a broad forehead and expressive,...
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15th Century and Earlier Classical Greek Antique Antiquities

Materials

Marble

Ancient Greek Rock Crystal Gold Swivel Signet Ring
Located in Chicago, IL
Greek, Archaic period, circa 500 B.C. An ancient gold swivel – signet ring with a finely carved rock crystal scarab (Scarabaeus beetle). In ancient jewelry, the scarab was a sy...
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15th Century and Earlier Antique Antiquities

Materials

Rock Crystal

Japanese Antique Jar / 12th-13th Century "Atumi" Kiln / Rare Vase/Wabi-Sabi Art
Located in Sammushi, JP
We have an aesthetic sense peculiar to Japanese people. And we introduce the unique items that only we can do, the route of purchasing in Japan, the experience value so far, and the...
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15th Century and Earlier Japanese Arts and Crafts Antique Antiquities

Materials

Pottery

Authentic Solidus Roman Imperial Coin in 22k Gold Necklace Pendant, circa 476 AD
Located in Atlanta, GA
An authentic Zeno the Second Reign, AV Gold Solidus Roman Imperial Coin (Constantinople Mint, circa 476-491 AD), set in a squared 22-karat gold bezel with 22-karat gold bail. The obv...
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15th Century and Earlier Italian Classical Roman Antique Antiquities

Materials

Gold

Roman Plato Carnelian Intaglio, circa 1st-2nd Century A.D
Located in Firenze, IT
The oval stone depicting the profile of Plato looking right and down,set in a modern gold mount, external imperfection on the top of the carnelian,finger size 8 3/4 ,22mm length of ...
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1790s Neoclassical Antique Antiquities

Materials

Carnelian, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Gandhara Female Deity, 2nd-3rd Century
Located in London, GB
Gandharan sculpture of a female deity executed in gray schist dating from the 2nd or 3rd century Posed in a downward gaze this figure of a sensual dancer bears her weight to her rig...
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15th Century and Earlier Pakistani Other Antique Antiquities

Materials

Stone

Greek Black Glazen Column Krater (4th Century BC)
Located in Soho, London, GB
Black Glazen column krater, mid-4th century BC, Apulia. With broad avoid body on a short echinus foot and thick mouth. The two handles form loops around the shoulders. Resembling t...
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15th Century and Earlier Italian Classical Greek Antique Antiquities

Ancient Roman Amethyst Intaglio Gold Ring
Located in Chicago, IL
Roman, circa 2nd – 1st centuries BC A museum quality, finely modeled, high carat (approximately 22.5K), hollow gold signet ring is set with an oval amethyst intaglio. The intaglio i...
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15th Century and Earlier Antique Antiquities

Materials

Amethyst

Roman 2nd Century Elegant Draped Venus Torso, Marble
Located in Jesteburg, DE
Beautiful Roman Oriental marble torso, most possibly depicting the Goddess Venus, draped with a Himation, the Greek Toga. Small defect on right shoulder. Beautiful accent piece. 2n...
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15th Century and Earlier Turkish Classical Roman Antique Antiquities

Materials

Marble

Large Apulian Bell Krater
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
A very nice and lovely example, red-figure painted, pottery wine mixing bowl, standing on a graceful pedestal foot which supports the bell shaped body with two opposing handles benea...
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15th Century and Earlier Italian Classical Greek Antique Antiquities

Materials

Pottery

Dubini Imperial Roman Ancient Bronze Coin 18 Karat Gold Earrings
By DUBINI
Located in London, GB
These Dubini coin earrings from the 'Empires' collection feature authentic Roman Imperial bronze coins set in 18K yellow gold. * Due to the unique process of hand carving coins in a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Classical Roman Antiquities

Materials

18k Gold

Bulgari Ruby Ancient Roman Coin Yellow Gold Earrings
By Bvlgari
Located in Holland, PA
18k Yellow Gold Ancient Roman Coin & Cabochon Ruby Earrings by Bulgari. With 2x Ruby's - 3mm x 4mm 2x 4th Century BC Ancient Coins. Thracia-Apollonia These earrings are made for pier...
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20th Century Antiquities

Materials

Ruby, 18k Gold

Original Etruscan Terracotta Vessel with Handles
Located in San Diego, CA
A rare original antique Etruscan terracotta vessel with handles.
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15th Century and Earlier Italian Classical Roman Antique Antiquities

Materials

Terracotta

Lovely Multicolored Drop Necklace Pendant of Old Roman Glass '400 AD-500 AD'
Located in Atlanta, GA
A lovely multicolored drop pendant for necklace made from Roman glass (400 AD-500 AD) set within a custom 21-karat gold pendant with gold bead accents and 21-karat gold bail. Pendant...
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15th Century and Earlier Italian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Gold

Ancient Roman Portrait Bust of Empress Faustina Major from the Second Century AD
Located in Brooklyn, NY
A large, ethereal marble portrait bust of an aristocratic woman identified as the celebrated beauty Empress Faustina Major (100AD-140AD), Wife of Emperor Antoninus Pius. The niec...
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15th Century and Earlier Italian Classical Roman Antique Antiquities

Materials

Marble

Ancient Bruttium Coin with Crab Design Set in 22-Karat Gold Ring
Located in Atlanta, GA
An authentic ancient Bruttium, the Brettii, Æ quartuncia coin, (circa 216-214 BC) custom mounted within a 22-karat gold band and bezel. The obverse, or front side of this coin is hea...
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15th Century and Earlier Italian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Metal, Gold

Corinthian Helmet of the ‘Hermione’ Type
Located in London, GB
One of the most elegent and iconic shaped helmets of ancient war-fair, this Corinthian helmet of the ‘Hermione’ type, represents the last phase in the three-century development of on...
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15th Century and Earlier Greek Antique Antiquities

Materials

Bronze

Gold Wreath
Located in London, GB
The gold wreath consists of a large hammered gold strap ornamented with a central rosette, confronting leaves and repoussé scenes. The two semi-circular end sections of the gold wrea...
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15th Century and Earlier Italian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Gold

Large Iridescent Ammonite
Located in London, GB
Ammonites are extinct molluscs of the class Cephalopoda, order Ammonoidea. Ammonite is a palaeontological term applied to a group of extinct marine cephalopods- squid-likeorganisms w...
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15th Century and Earlier Canadian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Shell

18th Century Large Weathered York Stone Mortar
Located in Pickering, North Yorkshire
A stunning large 18th century carved York sandstone mortar. The large mortar is typically simple in its decoration and is formed from a cube of stone with chamfered canted corners an...
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18th Century British William and Mary Antique Antiquities

Materials

Sandstone

Antique Pre Columbian Clay Pottery Miniature Pitcher Vessel Earthenware Prim
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique primitive earthenware pottery miniature pitcher with handle on one side.  
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15th Century and Earlier Primitive Antique Antiquities

Materials

Earthenware

Ushabti of 'Paser'
Located in London, GB
An Ushabti is a funerary figurine used throughout ancient Egypt, placed in a tomb to aid as a servant to the deceased, conducting manual labour for them in the afterlife. Often accom...
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15th Century and Earlier Egyptian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Limestone

Silver Tetradrachm, Danubian Celts, Philip II, circa 330 BC
Located in Pully, CH
Laureate head of Zeus and youth on horseback holding a palm. Authencity guaranteed.
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15th Century and Earlier Greek Classical Greek Antique Antiquities

Materials

Silver

100 BC-400 AD Pre-Columbian Tumaco Culture Gold and Bronze Figural Bottle
Located in Malaga, ES
100 BC-400 AD pre-Columbian Tolita-Tumaco culture tumbaga gold and bronze alloy figural bottle representing a sitting shaman or leader as can be ascertained by his necklace. The Toli...
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15th Century and Earlier Colombian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Gold, Copper

Greek Terracotta Votive Herm of a Goddess
Located in Zurich, Canton Zurich
Greek terracotta votive herm of a goddess, probably Demeter or Kore, wearing a large twin raw necklace with egg-shaped fruit (acorns?), a rosette on each shoulder. Western Greek, Sic...
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15th Century and Earlier Italian Classical Greek Antique Antiquities

Materials

Terracotta

Roman Egyptian 100 AD Lavender Colored Scarab and 21-Karat Gold Pendant
Located in Atlanta, GA
Roman Egypt lavender colored scarab (circa 100 BC-100 AD) set into a custom 21-karat gold decorative u-drop pendant and bail. This gorgeous purple amethyst scarab, once likely once a...
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15th Century and Earlier Egyptian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Amethyst, Gold

Ancient Greek Bronze Geometric Deer
Located in Zurich, Canton Zurich
Greek bronze geometric deer decorated with concentric circles, Greece, 8th century BC. This piece was the handle of the cover of a round bronze box called Pyxis. Deer are rare in com...
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15th Century and Earlier Greek Classical Greek Antique Antiquities

Materials

Bronze

Pre-Columbian Chancay Coca Leaf Bag with Shamans and Zoomorphic Figures, Peru
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Brown Chancay coca bag with shamans and zoomorphic figures depicted in the centre on a in various colors on a red background. This piece is accompanied by an EU cultural goods cer...
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15th Century and Earlier Peruvian Pre-Columbian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Textile

Ancient Greek Terracotta Antefix in Form of the Head of Artemis Bendis, Taranto
Located in Antwerp, BE
Ancient Greek mould-made terracotta antefix decorated with the female head of the Goddess Artemis Bendis. Western Greek, Italy, Taranto, early 4th century BC. Two small feathered win...
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15th Century and Earlier Italian Classical Greek Antique Antiquities

Materials

Ceramic

Superb Ancient Greek Silver Punic Coin from Sicily
Located in London, GB
A superb silver tetradrachm issued by the Carthaginians at the Entella mint, during their occupation of Sicily. The obverse with a portrait of the nymph and patron of Syracuse, Areth...
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15th Century and Earlier Sicilian Classical Greek Antique Antiquities

Materials

Silver

Greek, Attic Red Figure Squat Lekythos by the Meidias Painter
Located in Zurich, Canton Zurich
Attic RF squat-lekythos depicting a sitting and a dancing female. Gilding on fruit visibly preserved. Missing part at the body and handle professionally completed. Athens, rich style...
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15th Century and Earlier Greek Classical Greek Antique Antiquities

Materials

Clay

Elegant Terracotta Standing Court Dignitary, Tang Dynasty, EU Passport
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Elegant Standing Court Dignitary with joined hands in blue robes and a bird headdress. Polychrome Traces. When China was unified again, first briefly under the Sui and then under t...
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15th Century and Earlier Chinese Tang Antique Antiquities

Materials

Terracotta

Pre-Columbian Red Gauze with Muñecas Figures, Proto-Nazca Peru, 100 BC-300 AD
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Red Gauze mantle with multi-color little figures border with a long brown hair-like fringe. The tiny figures resemble prisoners tied together with a long and wide central band, with ...
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15th Century and Earlier Peruvian Pre-Columbian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Textile

Large Faience Ram
Located in London, GB
Strikingly similar to the Romano-Egyptian Ram currently in the Met this piece depicts a ram, with a highly textured and naturalistically modelled coat, curled horns and a static forw...
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15th Century and Earlier Egyptian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Ceramic

Ancient Greek Silver Sea Turtle Coin from Aegina
Located in London, GB
The obverse of this unusually complete and deeply toned high-relief coin shows a leatherback turtle. The reverse with an incuse square divided into five compartments. It was not t...
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15th Century and Earlier Greek Classical Greek Antique Antiquities

Materials

Silver

Kylix Depicting an Erotic Scene
Located in London, GB
This red-figure kylix, a popular wine cup in Ancient Greece, is decorated with an erotic scene. Such drinking vessels were mostly used to sip watered-down wine at social gatherings c...
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15th Century and Earlier Greek Antique Antiquities

Materials

Terracotta

Cosmetic Duck Vessel
Located in London, GB
This vessel, carved in the form of a wild duck, would have served the purpose of a cosmetic vessel or 'toilet spoon'. Comprised of three individual sections, the head is attached to ...
Category

15th Century and Earlier Egyptian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Wood

Corinthian Helmet
Located in London, GB
Named after the Ancient Greek city-state of Corinth from where the style originated, this Corinthian helmet would have been worn by a hoplite soldier, both in and out of combat. Its ...
Category

15th Century and Earlier Greek Antique Antiquities

Materials

Bronze

Ushabti of 'Kenj'
Located in London, GB
The XIX Dynasty of Ancient Egypt was part of the Egyptian New Kingdom and was founded by Vizier Ramasses I, whom Pharaoh Horemheb chose as his successor to the throne. The XIX Dynast...
Category

15th Century and Earlier Egyptian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Granite

Pre-Columbian Inca Mantle with 16 Figures, Peru, 1476-1534 AD
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Inca Mantle with 16 figures in cubist form with multi-color fringes. This pieces with a Certificat de Bien Culturel from France. For the Incas finely worked and highly decorativ...
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15th Century and Earlier Peruvian Pre-Columbian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Textile

Pair of Roman Gold Earrings 2nd-3rd Century AD, Provenance
Located in Pully, CH
Pair of earrings Roman art, 2nd-3rd century AD Gold and glass paste. H: 4 cm The loops consist of an elliptical upper element decorated with a blue cabochon and a gold wire edge fro...
Category

15th Century and Earlier Italian Classical Roman Antique Antiquities

Materials

Gold

Black-Glaze Hydria 'Kalpis' Ceramic Greek Miniature 4th Century AD
Located in Pully, CH
Hydria (Kalpis) Miniature Greek art (Great Greece), 4th century av. AD Ceramic Measure: H 16.3 cm At the outset, the use of hydria was very precise, since these were Greek water va...
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15th Century and Earlier Greek Classical Greek Antique Antiquities

Materials

Ceramic

Marble Figure of a Moufflon, 3rd Millennium B.C., Probably Indus Valley
Located in Pully, CH
Sotheby’s 5 June 1999 Highly stylized form recumbent with the legs folded underneath with massive shoulders, backward-swept tapering horns, long downward-turned ears, and pointed ...
Category

15th Century and Earlier Pakistani Folk Art Antique Antiquities

Materials

Marble

Moche Stirrup Vessel, Man Resting on Cloth Bales, circa 300 AD
Located in Geelong, Victoria
Moche / Chimu stirrup vessel, well modelled as a man lying on a large rectangular bale, probably cloth, the stirrup arching over him, picked out in a burnished slip of red & white. ...
Category

15th Century and Earlier Peruvian Pre-Columbian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Pottery

Primitive Architectural Carved Wood Mounted Indian Horse Head
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Primitive architectural carved wood mounted Indian horse head A beautiful piece of folk architecture from the Indian continent, the horse head was usually found marking doorways ...
Category

Mid-18th Century Primitive Antique Antiquities

Materials

Wood

Antiquity of Roman Large Bust-Weight of Venus with Silver Inlaid Eyes, Germany
Located in Antwerp, BE
Large bust weight of Venus with silver inlaid eyes and celestial diadem,Roman culture,Germany,2nd-3rd century AD. The goddess is depicted nude, slightly gazing to her right with deta...
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15th Century and Earlier Classical Roman Antique Antiquities

Materials

Bronze

Wearable Pair of Precious Roman Earrings
Located in Zurich, Canton Zurich
A pair of precious golden bow-earrings. The box of the drop shaped carnelian inlay is surrounded with a twisted wire that ends at the top into a volute and a little ring. From a smal...
Category

15th Century and Earlier Lebanese Classical Roman Antique Antiquities

Materials

Carnelian, Gold

Pre-Columbian Ceremonial Inca Tokapu of Multicolor Geometric Diamond Shapes
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Magnificent Ceremonial Inca Tokapu of Multicolor Geometric Diamond Shapes. Tokapu were textiles worn by the Inca elite consisting of geometric figures enclosed by rectangles or squa...
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15th Century and Earlier Pre-Columbian Antique Antiquities

Ancient Roman Apollo and Salus Intaglio Ring, circa 3rd-4th Century AD
Located in London, GB
Ancient Roman Apollo and Salus intaglio ring. Set with an oval cornelian intaglio intricately carved with the god Apollo with staff and laurel wreath, the goddess Salus with a snake ...
Category

15th Century and Earlier Antique Antiquities

Materials

Yellow Gold

Pre-Columbian Chuquibamba Banner, Peru 1000-1400 AD Ex Guillot-Muñoz
Located in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Nuevo Leon
Exceptional Banner of Pageantry with Multicolor Tapisserie Squares with 8 Weave Ornaments in Relief. On the inferior part the ornaments float with the wind. (2 are missing) Very good...
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15th Century and Earlier Pre-Columbian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Textile

Museum quality Ancient Greek wirework earrings, circa 5th-4th century BC.
Located in London, GB
Ancient Greek wirework earrings. A matching pair, each composed of a substantial solid gold hoop, decorated with tightly coiled fine wires around the hoop, interspersed with further ...
Category

15th Century and Earlier Antique Antiquities

Materials

Yellow Gold

Ancient Medusa Gold Ring C300BC
Located in Chicago, IL
An Ancient Head of Medusa Gold Ring circa 300 BC This high carat gold Hellenistic ring is designed as a gold disc with a horizontally positioned archaic relief bust of Medusa f...
Category

15th Century and Earlier Antique Antiquities

Ancient Villanovan Bronze Geometric Disk
Located in London, GB
A heavy cast, thick plate of bronze covered with a beautiful green and blue patina. The Villanovan period is regarded as the earliest phase of Etruscan civilisation. Archaeological ...
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15th Century and Earlier Italian Antique Antiquities

Materials

Bronze