Latest Additions

Posted by Administrator on 5/27/2014 to Sadigh Gallery News
Over 200 Items Have Been Added To Our Collection

Our Latest Acquisitions includes various ancient Egyptian sculptures and funerary items, Greco-Iranian jewelry, Roman Jewelry, coin jewelry, Asian amber vessels and statues, insect in amber pendants, Prehistoric items - such as Homo Habilis and Home Erectus hand axes, digging tools and so much more.
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Below are some of the featured pieces:

Terracotta Statue of Bes from the Ptolemaic Period. Ancient Egypt, 305-30 BC

Black terracotta Bes with a bird on each shoulder, visible phallus and an animal tail. Standing on a base. Bes was the Egyptian dwarf God, protector of households, believed to guard against evil spirits and misfortune.

Persian Gold Brooch. Greco-Iranian (Scythian), 500-400 BC

A ceremonial 22kt gold brooch in the form of a deer with stylized antlers. This brooch is in the style of Scythian art due to its highly decorative and stylized form. Scythians were a multinational nomadic tribe that occupied the regions known today as Central Asia and the western part of Inner Asia. Their style of art was greatly influenced by Greek and ancient Iranian art and vice versa.

Limestone Statue of Anubis from the Ptolemaic Period. Ancient Egypt, 305-30 BC

Black limestone seated jackal-headed Anubis, the patron God of embalming who presided over mummification and accompanied the dead to the hereafter, holding a mummy form, with a miniature canopic jar in between his legs with Hapy, the baboon-headed son of Horus who protected the lungs of the deceased, on the stopper. Hieroglyphs on the base, on the mummy form and on the baboon.

Persian Bronze Oil Lamp from the Sassanian Period. 700-900 AD

Bronze oil lamp with a seated bird on the attached hinged lid. Oil lamps were the primary source of indoor lighting in ancient times. They ranged in style, designs and materials (bronze and terracotta being the most famous). An average oil lamp, filled with oil, would burn for about 10 hours, brighter than a candle, but still dim by our standards, about as bright as a 40 Walt bulb.

This particular oil lamp, as mentioned earlier was from the Sassanian Period, a period viewed as the last great Iranian empire, before the Muslim conquest and the adoption of Islam. The Sassanian kings counted themselves direct successors of the great Achaemenid dynasty founded by Cyrus the Great. The empire fell around 900 AD however it served as a bureaucratic, cultural and artistic model for other successor states such as the Ottoman and the Abbasid Empires.

Egypto-Roman Bone Fragment, 30 BC – 200 AD

Bone fragment, depicting the torso of a male. The Roman Province in Egypt was established in 30 BC after Octavian defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra VII in 30 BC. This led to the annexation of the Ptolemaic kingdom of Egypt to the Roman Empire.

The artistic style of Egypt was greatly affected during this period. The statues of their gods and rulers took on a more classical approach. The most noticeable change however, was the funerary art. The portraits of the deceased were rendered in a more realistic manner, clothed in traditional Roman attires. The portraits, presumably, bear more semblances to the deceased as against the idealized portraits the ancient Egyptians were known for.

Roman Marble Head Fragment, 200 AD

Carved marble fragment of the head of a male with a beard, very detailed carved facial features and curled designs in the hair. Flat bottom. Rare, attractive and beautiful.

The vast majority of Roman sculptures found today were made from marble. Roman sculptures were heavily based on the Hellenistic style. Ancient Roman sculptors took a more realistic approach in rendering the human form as against the idealized representation found in classical Greek statues.

Homo-Erectus Hand Axes Found in Great Rift Valley, Africa
1 Million - 400,000 Years Old

Homo Erectus hand axes. Fits easily into the palm with indented area for the thumb. These tools were likely used to cut plants or meat but may have also served as weapons when hunting animals for food. Most tools were clearly intended to be used by the bare hands although some were fitted to wooden handles.

American Bible, Douay Version, Early 1900's AD

Holy Bible, Douay version with Old and New Testament, dated 1914, with black and white images of biblical scenes and gold leaf on the page edges. Gold leaf text on the cover and spine. 1400 pages.

Canopic Jars from the 26th Dynasty. Ancient Egypt, 663-525 BC

Canopic Jars were an integral part of the ancient Egyptian funerary customs. During the process of mummification, they were used to store and preserve the viscera of the dead, in preparation for the afterlife. They are usually found in fours, each with a different stopper depicting the four sons of Horus, namely (from left to right): Qebehsenuef, Hapy, Imsety and Duamutef. Each were used to store a particular organ.

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