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Greco-Roman Anatatolia (Smyrna, Ionia?), Terracotta Woman Holding Infant, 2nd century B.C. - 1st century A.D.

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Kourotrophos (Greek: "child nurturer") was an Athenian deity, the protector of children and young people, with a cult and sanctuary, the so-called Kourotropheion. Gods and goddesses, including Athena, Apollo, Hermes, Hecate, Aphrodite, and Artemis, are given the epithet Kourotrophos when depicted holding an infant. Figurines of females holding infants are also called Kourotrophos. The purpose of kourotrophic figurines is debated. Perhaps they are representations of the Athenian goddess. Perhaps they were fertility or childbirth charms. They are found in graves, so perhaps they were companions for the dead.

We were unable to find another example of this type. Attribution to Smyrna, Ionia is based on the color and texture of the clay, and on the style and workmanship.
AH21487. Terracotta kourotrophos statuette of a woman holding a swaddled infant, 25cm (9 7/8") tall, mold-made, hollow and without back, Choice, complete and intact, old dealer labels on the reverse, stands on its own base, Late Hellenistic to Roman Era; $600.00 (528.00)


Hellenistic Greek, Bronze Relief Ring Fragment, Anatolia, 3rd - 2nd Century B.C.

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This bronze ring fragment is nearly identical to the referenced the ring fragment currently in The J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California, listed in Spier Rings, as shown to the right. It is clearly the same woman depicted and they are very likely from the same engraver and workshop. The Getty Museum piece is similarly missing almost the entire hoop.ring fragment

AS72537. Spier Rings 90 (nearly identical fragment!, bezel 21.1 x 17.3 x 4.5 mm), fragment, entire bezel present, only traces of the hoop remain, rough green patina, some corrosion, bezel 22.5 x 18.3 x 4.7 mm, high relief portrait of a woman facing left (perhaps a Ptolemaic queen), draped and wearing her hair in melon coiffure; $490.00 (431.20)


Greek, Terracotta Eros Figure, 4th Century B.C.

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From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
AT31187. Average, beige terracotta; full figure of nude Eros, winged, legs spread, holding fruit; 6.5 cm (2 1/2") high; unmounted; $280.00 (246.40)


Egypt, Bronze Seated Figure of Harpokrates, Ptolemaic - Roman, c. 100 B.C. - 100 A.D.

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Harpocrates, the god of silence, secrets and confidentiality extends his right index finger, in one of his classic poses.
AS20835. Bronze figure, Choice, complete, intact, attractive green patina, c. 100 B.C. to 200 A.D.; Harpokrates seated (on a modern clear Lucite cube), 4.7 cm high, nude but for his pointed cap, right hand raised and index finger extended; $250.00 (220.00)


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt, Glass Floral Inlay Fragment, 3rd - 1st Century B.C.

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This small piece of glass may not seem like much but larger pieces from the master craftsmen of this workshop are very rare. Even a small fragment like this one is museum quality and suitable for an important collection.
AA32380. cf. Lightfoot NMS 492 - 493, Choice fragment, floral inlay glass fragment, 1.9 cm (3/4"), partial flower with three white pedals and center of yellow and clear dots, black background; from the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years; ex Robert Haas collection; rare; $240.00 (211.20)


Hellenistic Greek, Bronze Relief Ring Fragment, Eastern Mediterranean, 3rd - 1st Century B.C.

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This bronze ring fragment is very similar to the referenced ring fragment in the British Museum (click here to see it online).
AS84167. cf. BM Collection 1917.0501.1267 (very similar ring fragment), bezel complete, 22.1 x 16.1, obverse high relief portrait of a woman facing left, draped and wearing her hair in a bun at the back (perhaps a Ptolemaic queen, either Berenike II or Arsinoe II); $200.00 (176.00)


Greek, Athens(?), Miniature Pottery Oil Lamp, c. Late 6th - Early 5th Century B.C.

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The referenced lamp from Isthmia is a very similar miniature lamp with the same shape and same dull brown glaze on buff pottery. Broneer identifies it as, "probably a local [Athens] product." Broneer also writes, "There are no close parallels from the Athenian Agora. See Corinth IV, ii, p. 137, fig 61, which, however is later, as shown by the longer nozzle"
AH21462. Broneer Isthmia 59 (very similar), cf. Corinth IV 61 (longer nozzle, later); 2.8 cm (1 1/8") high, 5.8 cm (2 1/4") long, Choice, complete and intact, much of brown slip lost (visible in photo), c. late 6th - early 5th century B.C.; wheel-turned, partial dull brown slip on slightly pink buff pottery, round, small projecting nozzle, concave discus, large fill hole, sides narrowing slightly to low round disc base, no handle; ex Edgar L. Owen; $160.00 (140.80)


Greek & Roman Art: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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BL43196. Greek & Roman Art: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, a small booklet with over 40 black and white photographs and descriptions of superb pieces from the museum collection; perfect for throne room reading; $2.00 (1.76)







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