ancient rome. Roman Empire, City of Rome, Roman architecture

The Ancient City of Rome Recreated in a New High Resolution Video

A joint project of the Khan Academy and Rome Reborn, this narrated YouTube video, nearly 14 minutes long, is a must for anyone with a serious interest in ancient Rome (link opens in a new window or tab) –

Roman Provincial Coins, Roman Coins Alexandria, ancient coins

From the British Museum Blog: Mystery of the Fetter Lane Hoard

An intriguing story from The British Museum Blog. In 1908 workers in London found 46 Roman coins. But these were minted in Alexandria, Egypt. How did they get there? The Museum’s Curator of Greek and Roman Provincial Coins explores. Link opens in a new tab or window –

Roman Coins. Roman antiquities, ancient Rome

Roman Silver Coin Hoard Discovered During Excavation in Bulgarian Capital

A large hoard of Roman silver coins of the 1st and 2nd Century AD has been discovered by archaeologists working in the Bulgarian capital city, Sofia. Known to the Romans as Serdica, Sofia was once a major Roman urban site. A detailed article on this discovery, including many excellent photographs, may be found here (opens in a new tab or window) –


Wall Street Journal Opinion Piece on Saving Syrian Antiquities

In light of the horrendous events of the last week or so — the senseless execution of Dr Khaled Asaad by IS at Palmyra and now the demolition of Palmyra’s Baalshamin Temple, also by IS, described by UNESCO as a war crime — a Wall Street Journal guest opinion piece by former Walters Art Museum Director Gary Vikan carries a good deal more weight. His article, entitled “The Case for Buying Antiquities to Save Them.” at least offers a practical partial solution to the illicit trade in and destruction of Near Eastern antiquities currently taking place, unlike the countless hollow pronouncements of heritage industry representatives and governmental bodies. His full article may be accessed here (opens in a new tab or window):

See also my own article, “Selling Artifacts to Save the Past” from earlier this year:

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Clio Ancient Art August Website Update

Hello Clio Customers, Friends and Fans:

For those of you with an interest in ancient pottery oil lamps, we have updated our selection. We now have 49 lots of Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic pottery lamps, of all types, listed on the Clio website, most individually but some also in groups of two, three and more, totaling 79 lamps in all.

Here are the new additions, which are very reasonably priced –

• A Group of Four Early Byzantine Pottery Oil Lamps:
• Two Medieval Islamic Pottery Oil Lamps:
• A Group of Three Byzantine Pottery Oil Lamps:
• A Late Roman Pottery Oil Lamp:
• A Late Roman Pottery Oil Lamp:
• Two Late Roman Pottery Oil Lamps:
• Herodian to Early Roman Pottery Unguentarium:

There are still many excellent ancient coins and small antiquities available from our July web update. Watch for a major update to the Clio website, featuring antiquities of all sorts, in October.

As always, thanks for looking and best wishes,

Chris M. Maupin
Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities
Chris Maupin Trust for Ancient Art
PO Box 7714
Wilmington, NC 28406
Phone: 704-293-3411

Roman mosaic, mosaic floor, Roman art

Preserving a Mediterranean Heritage: The MOSAIKON Initiative

MOSAIKON is a collaborative, regional initiative dedicated to improving the conservation, presentation and management of mosaics in the southern and eastern Mediterranean region. A partnership of the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome and the International Committee for the Conservation of Mosaics (ICCM).

Here is a link to the project’s YouTube video (opens in a new tab or window):

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Classical and Egyptian Antiquities in the North Carolina Museum of Art

In 1947 the North Carolina General Assembly authorized the sum of one million dollars to acquire works of art for a new State Museum, marking the first time a state had used public funds to buy art. Since then, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) has greatly expanded both its collections, which include European and American painting, antiquities, tribal arts, modern art and sculpture and much more, and its facilities. NCMA is now housed in two large buildings (one housing the permanent collections, cafe and gift shop and one housing temporary exhibits, workshops and meeting spaces) on a 164 acre Museum Park adorned with monumental works of art.

NCMA’s antiquities collections include Egyptian art in all materials and in all sizes from the Predynastic to Ptolemaic periods, Greek, Villanovan and Etruscan ceramics, Cypriot pottery and sculpture, Roman sculpture in marble and bronze and a good selection of Roman glass. These are arranged in two large galleries and a portion of the central space of the building housing the permanent collections.

Presented here are twenty-four images representing nineteen objects, in roughly chronological order, selected for their special beauty, rarity or remarkable craftsmanship. I hope you will enjoy these. All images should be credited to Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities. Here is a link to NCMA’s “Plan Your Visit” page (opens in a new window or tab):

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Egyptian Predynastic decorated jar, Naqada II Period, 3,500-3150 BC, marl clay with red paint.

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Cypriot plank idol, 2000 BC, burnished pottery

Shabti box, Egyptian antiquities, ancient Egyptian art

Shabti Box, Thebes, New Kingdom, Dynasty 19-20, 1295-1069 BC, wood with gesso and paint.

Egyptian antiquities, Egyptian art, ancient egypt

Egyptian False door from the tomb of Ni-Ankh-Snefru, detail, possibly from Saqqara, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, 2321-2278 BC, limestone with traces of paint.

Egyptian false door, Egyptian antiquities, ancient Egyptian art

Egyptian False door from the tomb of Ni-Ankh-Snefru, possibly from Saqqara, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, 2321-2278 BC, limestone with traces of paint.

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Face mask from an Egyptian wood coffin lid, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 22, 945-715 BC, wood with gesso and paint.

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Detail from the coffin of Amunred, Egyptian, Third Intermediate to Late Period, 715-525 BC, wood with gesso and paint. Note the Falcon of Horus on the shoulder.

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Detail from the lower part of the coffin of Amunred. Facing representation of the Jackal of Anubis guard the feet, below processions of female and male deities.

Maat, hieroglyphics, egyptian mummies, ancient egypt

The coffin of Amunred, showing the central panel of inscriptions and the figure of Maat, goddess of truth and justice, on the chest.

Egyptian bull, Ptolemaic art, egyptian antiquities

Egyptian reclining bull. Wood with gesso and paint. Said to be from North Saqqara. Ptolemaic Period, 305-30 BC.

Cypriot antiquities, ancient cyprus

Head of a god or priest, Cyprus, 450-425 BC, limestone with traces of pigment. Note the mix of archaic Greek and more naturalistic style in this object, which may represent a temple priest or a temple donor who commissioned the statue.

Aphrodite, Greek sculpture, Parian marble

Torso of Aphrodite, Hellenistic Greek, about 60 BC, white Parian marble.

Canosan pottery, South Italian pottery, Greek antiquities

Double jar with a central handle, Late Daunian Period, 4th-3rd Century BC, from a Canosan workshop, South Italy. Pottery with added pigment.

Centuripe, Greek pottery, Greek antiquities

Detail from a large “Lebes Gamikos” or funerary vase from Centuripe, a Greek colony in Sicily, 250-225 BC, ceramic with paint and gilding. The central panel depicts a bride flanked by attendants with small applied Erotes flying above.

Ptolemaic pottery, Ptolemaic art, Greek antiquities, Egyptian antiquities

A “Hydria” or vessel for pouring water, 3rd Century BC, Egypt, pottery with buff slip and added paint. This vase shows something of the unique fusion of Egyptian and Greek art during the Ptolemaic period.

Lucius Caesar, Roman sculpture, Augustan art

Lucius Caesar, nephew of the first Roman Emperor, Augustus, late 1st Century BC, marble

Roman relief sculpture, Roman antiquities, Roman art

Roman decorative relief, late 1st Century BC or early 1st Century AD, marble.

Livia, Roman bronze sculpture, Augustan art, Roman antiquities

Roman head of a woman in the guise of a goddess, possibly Livia, wife of the Emperor Augustus, cast bronze with silver inlays, 1st Century AD

Roman sculpture, Roman marble, Roman antiquities

A Roman bone box for holding the cremated remains of the deceased, represented by one or both of the standing couple on the main panel, flanked by seated women. Marble, 2nd Century AD. The deceased couple have chosen to have themselves depicted as a philosopher and a muse.

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Detail from the Roman bone box, showing the male half of the couple.

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Detail from the Roman bone box, showing the female half of the central couple.

Roman mosaic, mosaic floor, Roman art

Roman mosaic floor panel of the 2nd Century AD, composed of various types of marble and glass. The design includes geometric and floral motives and an endless knot design, all enclosed in a braided border.

Roman sculpture, Roman Herakles, Roman art, Roman antiquities

Roman marble statue of Herakles (Hercules) with his club. 2nd Century AD.

Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperors, Roman Sculpture

Portrait bust of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, marble, late 2nd Century AD. Marcus Aurelius is best known as the philosopher Emperor, a champion of Stoic philosophy and author of the “Meditations.”

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Clio Ancient Art Summer 2015 Website Update

July 24, 2015

Hello Clio Customers, Friends and Fans:

We are pleased to offer many additions to Clio’s stock of antiquities and ancient coins. Here is a listing, with web page links –







Watch for another update to our website coming soon.

For those of you following developments relating to the legitimate antiquities trade, antiquities collecting ethics, historic preservation and cultural property, you may find some recent articles from our WordPress Blog to be of special interest:

As always, thanks for looking.

Best wishes,

Chris M. Maupin
Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities
Chris Maupin Trust for Ancient Art
PO Box 7714
Wilmington, NC 28406
Phone: 704-293-3411

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ISIL Destroys Palmyrene Statues, Raises Questions About Alleged Antiquities Smuggling

This link to the story on the BBC opens in a new tab or window –

The destruction of these relatively small but quite valuable and easily smuggled Palmyrene sculptures would seem to contradict (unsubstantiated) claims that ISIL is smuggling artifacts. In any event, their destruction is a terrible loss.

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A Fascinating Article About the Importance of Teaching Classics, Greek, Latin, etc.

Here is a link to the article in The Guardian: Classics for the people – why we should all learn from the ancient Greeks