Hellenistic Art at The Met

Here is a review in “The Art Newspaper” of the remarkable show now at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, exploring Hellenistic Art – http://theartnewspaper.com/shows/hellenistic-greece-emerges-from-the-shadows-of-classicism/

Roman Villa Unearthed by Chance in England

Here are links to news items about this exciting discovery. The villa seems to be an impressive one and was found in a part of England where relatively few such finds have been made.

BBC News: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-36062538
Sky News: http://news.sky.com/story/1679879/was-unearthed-villa-home-to-roman-emperor

Clio Ancient Art is changing with the internet as e-commerce changes.

We are changing as the internet and the nature of e-commerce change. In the coming months we’ll be divesting from the now rather outdated burden of a single traditional website. The unreliable nature of cookie-cutter web hosting sites, combined with the growing commercial and analytic sophistication of apps like Shopify, Etsy, eBay and here on WordPress and others, some linked to social media, are rapidly rendering stand-alone websites less useful. Customers will soon have a variety of options to access our stock of antiquities and ancient coins through all of the apps mentioned above, and more. For example, we’ve added a badge here in this post and on our WordPress “about us” page to make accessing our antiquities and ancient coins fast and easy via Etsy. Clicking the badge will take you directly to our Etsy site. We are also now selling through eBay and through Shopify on Facebook.

Best wishes,
Chris M. Maupin
Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities



Customers. Friends and Fans:

We have updated the Clio Ancient Art with some very fine Egyptian, Hellenistic and Roman antiquities in faience, bronze, glass and ceramic, as well as Roman, Byzantine and medieval coins. The Egyptian and Hellenistic items in particular have an exceptional provenance. Here they are with links to each item –

Thank you for visiting our site. We can also be found on Etsy, Ebay and on Shopify via our Facebook page.

Best wishes,

Chris M. Maupin

Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities


Many Antiquities Book Titles Added to Our Website

Regular customers of Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities know that in addition to antiquities, ancient artifacts and ancient coins, we also offer a wide range of books, catalogs and journals dealing with ancient art. We’ve just updated that section of our website with some excellent titles, some out of print and hard to find, dealing with such diverse topics as the artistic and architectural heritage of Constantinople / Istanbul, Parthian and Sassanian Mesopotamia and Iran, Cypriot antiquities, the Etruscans, Greek and Etruscan pottery, and much more. Most titles are in the $10 – $15 or less price range. Our Books section may be accessed here (opens in a new tab or window): http://clioancientart.com/framedandun-framedartbooksandpublications.aspx

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From the Corning Museum of Glass, Behind the Glass Lecture: “Ennion and His Legacy: Mold-Blown Glass from Ancient Rome”

This excellent one hour presentation “Behind the Glass Lecture: Ennion and His Legacy: Mold-Blown Glass from Ancient Rome” coincided with the recently ended show at the Corning Museum of Glass (link opens in a new tab or window) – https://youtu.be/yYdwqnvqEi0


Israeli high court: antiquities dealers must document all artefacts online

A ruling by Israel’s high court, supported by the Israel Antiquities Authority, now requires all dealers to document every object in their inventory online with a description, including provenance, and a photograph. While this may at first sound sensible, it is important to point out that much of the trade in Israel is in very low value objects, such as common ancient coins, oil lamps and pottery. Some argue that this will simply drive the trade underground, rather than inhibiting unauthorized sales. Here is the link to an article in The Art Newspaper (opens in a new window or tab)- http://theartnewspaper.com/news/israeli-high-court-says-antiquities-dealers-must-document-all-artefacts-online/


Rational Proposals for Safeguarding Antiquities – But Will Anyone Act?

2015 was a year that saw unprecedented destruction of antiquities, ancient monuments and cultural heritage of all sorts, particularly in the conflict zones of the Middle East. And it wasn’t just IS that was responsible – even the Syrian government got in on the act by, among other actions, bombing the UNESCO World Heritage site of Bosra during the final days of December (Ensor). But while the well heeled cultural heritage industry held countless conferences, attended posh receptions and issued gratuitous proclamations, damning the trade in antiquities, legal or illegal, and demonizing museums, collectors, dealers and governments alike, a few proposals floated in the final months of the year offered rational, practical options for saving antiquities and ancient monuments.

The first of these came on October 1, with an announcement held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York by the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), a one hundred year old professional association representing 242 members in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  (Neuendort). AAMD issued “Protocols for Safe Havens for Works of Cultural Significance from Countries in Crisis.” Based on the principle that stewardship is the hallmark of the museum community, the Protocols would provide a framework for museums to give safe haven for works at risk due violent conflict, terrorism, or natural disasters. Owners/depositors could request safe haven at an AAMD member museum where the works would be held until conditions allowed their safe return. Works deposited would be treated as loans. To ensure transparency, AAMD member museums accepting such works would register them in a new publicly available online registry where information on the objects would be publicly available. The Protocols would even cover considerations such as transport and storage, scholarly access, legal protections, exhibition, conservation, and safe return of works to the appropriate individuals or entities as soon as feasible.

Not surprisingly, some of the leading players in the self-styled cultural heritage community, including the American School for Oriental Research and the Archaeological Institute of America, immediately issued a statement obliquely attacking the AAMD Protocols while offering no meaningful proposals of their own. They claimed that because depositors of objects in AAMD’s institutions might include private owners, rather than just national museums, there might be a chance of looted objects also being deposited, thereby indirectly supporting the illicit trafficking of antiquities (Sharpe). Presumably, they would prefer these objects meet the same fate as those in Afghanistan, where objections – based on the UN’s 1970 cultural property conventions – to the safekeeping out of country of ancient objects, led to their destruction by the Taliban.

In November came word from Paris of a French offer of “asylum” for artifacts under threat. French President Hollande had asked the President of the Louvre to develop a national plan for the protection of cultural heritage. The resulting 50-point proposal included using French museums as a temporary safe haven for antiquities, much like the AAMD plan, as well as a new European database of stolen art and artifacts and funding to preserve existing archaeological sites and monuments, train archaeologists and conservators abroad and reconstruct damaged or destroyed sites (Jones). Again, the heritage industry either ignored the French “asylum” proposal or offered criticism similar to that offered on the AAMD Protocols.

While it seems unlikely U.S. cultural heritage policy will be significantly influenced by either of the initiatives outlined above, there is at least now a glimmer of hope for antiquities to be spared destruction at the hands of extremist groups, indifferent governments and the random destruction so prevalent in all civil conflicts. With museums, acting in unison under the umbrella of organizations such as the AAMD, as well as some foreign governments, such as the bold French initiative, taking the lead, perhaps the tide of thinking is turning away from ineffectual, elitist, self-serving entities such as the so-called Antiquities Coalition, SAFE, and the AIA. Let us all hope that 2016 proves a safer and more stable year for antiquities, monuments and heritage in general.


  • Association of Art Museum Directors. “AAMD Issues Protocols to Protect Works of Cultural Significance in Danger of Damage or Destruction.” AAMD website, 1 Oct. 2015. Web.
  • Ensor, Josie. “Syrian regime ‘bombs Unesco world heritage site.” The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited, 24 Dec. 2015. Web.
  • Jones, Jonathan. “Asylum for artefacts: Paris’ plan to protect cultural treasures from terrorists.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited, 20 Nov. 2015. Web.
  • Neuendorf, Henri. “Museums Offer Safe Haven for Threatened Art and Antiquities.” Artnet News. Artnet Worldwide Corporation, 2 Oct. 2015. Web.
  • Sharpe, Emily. “We’ll store your artifacts, US tells Syrian museums.” The Art Newspaper. The Art Newspaper, 8 Nov. 2015. Web.





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Clio Ancient Art 2015 End of Year Sale

Announcing Clio Ancient Art’s 2015 Holiday / End of Year Sale – 20% off everything on our website, antiquities, ancient coins and books, through December 31, 2015. Includes 20% off shipping costs, (domestic shipping, only).

Fast and easy ways to make payment: Use our online shopping cart to pay for your item(s) and shipping and you’ll promptly have your 20% discount refunded to you. Or bypass our shopping cart and use PayPal’s “send money” feature to pay for your item(s) and shipping by sending funds to chris@clioancientart.com. We also accept payment by personal check and we allow layaway, with 25% payment up front and the balance in 30 days.

It’s been years since we’ve offered such dramatic reductions in price so take advantage of this while you can.

Quick links to key sections of our website –
Ancient oil lamps (2 pages): http://clioancientart.com/ancientoillampsforsale.aspxcropped-303371_445025985515136_1005272421_n.jpg
Ancient Byzantine, Migration Period, Etruscan, Islamic, Celtic, Near Eastern & related antiquities (3 pages): http://clioancientart.com/byzantinemigrationetruscanislamicneareast.aspx
Ancient coins (2 pages): http://clioancientart.com/ancientromanbyzantineislamicandgreekcoins.aspx
Ancient Cypriot antiquities: http://clioancientart.com/ancientcypriotartandantiquitiesforsale.aspx
Ancient Egyptian antiquities: http://clioancientart.com/ancientegyptianartandantiquitiesforsale.aspx
Ancient glass vessels and beads: http://clioancientart.com/ancientglass-page1.aspx
Ancient Greek and related antiquities: http://clioancientart.com/ancientgreekartandantiquitiesforsale.aspx
Ancient jewelry and personal adornment (2 pages): http://clioancientart.com/ancientjewelryandpersonaladornment-2.aspx
Ancient pottery vessels : http://clioancientart.com/ancientpotteryvesselsforssle.aspx
Ancient Roman antiquities (3 pages): http://clioancientart.com/romanantiquities-page1.aspx
Books, publications and art (2 pages): http://clioancientart.com/framedandun-framedartbooksandpublications.aspx

New Video from the Museum of London Looks at a Genetic Study of Roman Londoners

The Museum of London has undertaken the first multidisciplinary study of the inhabitants of a Roman city anywhere in the Empire. In the video Curators Dr Rebecca Redfern and Caroline McDonald explain how this was done through the analysis of the ancient DNA (aDNA) of four different individuals from the Roman period. This analysis has established the hair and eye color of each individual, their chromosomal sex, and to identify the diseases they were suffering from. Their research has created a detailed ‘picture’ of the inhabitants of Londinium, the Roman name for London.

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