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
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
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/
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.aspx
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
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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From the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology comes this video of a talk by Dr Jennifer Wegner, Assistant Curator of their Egyptian section, on Imhotep, the famed designer of the Step Pyramid complex at Saqqara under King Djoser. Link opens in another window or tab – https://youtu.be/2cW2t1NOnlI
Customers, Friends and Fans of Clio Ancient Art:
We are very pleased to announce that the new and improved version of our website is live online now. In addition to many new items for sale (see below) we have redesigned the site and added many great features to make your visit both easier and more interesting. Here’s a brief rundown –
• Our old format allowed viewing no more than 20 or so items per page in a vertical row, sorted by price, resulting in an excessive number of pages for a large category, such as Roman Antiquities, and many items were rarely viewed. All categories have now been consolidated so there is only one Roman page, one oil lamps page, etc.
• When clicking on a category (note there are new categories, including “Cypriot Antiquities” and “Pottery Vessels”) visitors will see up to 30 items at a time, sorted alphabetically. This may be changed using the drop down menus at the top of the category to view up to 200 items at a time and to sort them by price (low to high or the reverse), alphabetically or most recently added.
• We’ve added a “Search” option at the top of the page. A customer entering the search word “Byzantine” for example will then receive a list of categories on the site that include that term and a list of individual objects.
• Customers may complete a form to join our online mailing list or to create their own account with Clio Ancient Art, which speeds up invoicing and order processing, allows tracking of order status and compiles a history of purchases from Clio.
• When clicking on an object from our inventory, customers will be able to hover their cursor over the image to allow for a detailed close up inspection.
No doubt there will be a few minor bugs to work out over the next several days but we do think the new format will make your customer experience much better. We’ll also be adding more content in the next few days.
Here is a list, with links, of some recently added objects on our website –
• An Egyptian Pale Blue Faience Ushabti – http://clioancientart.com/anegyptianpalebluefaienceushabti.aspx
• An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris – http://clioancientart.com/anegyptianbronzefigureofosiris.aspx
• A Deep Blue Egyptian Faience Amulet of Daumutef – http://clioancientart.com/adeepblueegyptianfaienceamuletofdaumutef.aspx
• A Deep Blue Egyptian Faience Amulet of Hapi – http://clioancientart.com/adeepblueegyptianfaienceamuletofhapi.aspx
• Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris – http://clioancientart.com/egyptianbronzefigureofosiris2.aspx
• Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris – http://clioancientart.com/egyptianbronzefigureofosiris3.aspx
• Late Roman / Migration Period Military Bronze Belt Buckle Plate – http://clioancientart.com/lateromanmigrationperiodmilitarybronzebeltbuckleplate.aspx
• A Late Roman to Early Byzantine Trail Decorated Glass Bead – http://clioancientart.com/alateromantoearlybyzantinetraildecoratedglassbead.aspx
• Roman Glass Crumb Decorated Bead – http://clioancientart.com/romanglasscrumbdecoratedbead.aspx
• Early Byzantine Bronze Military Phalera or Boss – http://clioancientart.com/earlybyzantinebronzemilitaryphaleraorboss.aspx
• Early Byzantine Military Baldric Buckle – http://clioancientart.com/earlybyzantinemilitarybaldricbuckle.aspx
EARLY ISLAMIC ANTIQUITIES
• An Early Islamic Trail Decorated Glass Bead – http://clioancientart.com/anearlyislamictraildecoratedglassbead.aspx
ANCIENT GREEK AND ROMAN COINS
• Greek Cities, Mysia, Gambrion, Bronze 16 mm, 4th-3rd Century BC – http://clioancientart.com/greekcitiesmysiagambrionbronze16mm4th-3rdcenturybc.aspx
• Roman Empire, Bronze Sestertius of Julia Mamaea, AD 180-235 – http://clioancientart.com/romanempirebronzesestertiusofjuliamamaeaad180-235.aspx
• Roman Empire, Maximian as Caesar, Bronze Antoninianus, AD 285-286 – http://clioancientart.com/romanempiremaximianascaesarbronzeantoninianusad285-286.aspx
• Roman Empire, Maximian , Bronze Antoninianus, AD 286-305 – http://clioancientart.com/romanempiremaximianbronzeantoninianusad286-305.aspx
To access specific sections on our website, follow these links –
• Ancient Oil Lamps for Sale – http://clioancientart.com/ancientoillampsforsale.aspx
• Ancient Byzantine, Migration Period, Etruscan, Islamic, Celtic, Near Eastern & Related Antiquities – http://clioancientart.com/byzantinemigrationetruscanislamicneareast.aspx
• Ancient Coins for Sale: Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Early Islamic – http://clioancientart.com/ancientromanbyzantineislamicandgreekcoins.aspx
• Ancient Cypriot Art & Antiquities for Sale – http://clioancientart.com/ancientcypriotartandantiquitiesforsale.aspx
• Ancient Egyptian Art & Antiquities for Sale – http://clioancientart.com/ancientegyptianartandantiquitiesforsale.aspx
• Ancient Glass Vessels & Beads – http://clioancientart.com/ancientglass-page1.aspx
• Ancient Greek Art & Antiquities for Sale – http://clioancientart.com/ancientgreekartandantiquitiesforsale.aspx
• Ancient Jewelry & Personal Adornment – http://clioancientart.com/ancientjewelryandpersonaladornment-2.aspx
• Ancient Roman Antiquities for Sale – http://clioancientart.com/romanantiquities-page1.aspx
• Ancient Pottery Vessels for Sale – http://clioancientart.com/clioancientartandantiquities.aspx
• Framed & Un-Framed Art, Books & Publications – http://clioancientart.com/framedandun-framedartbooksandpublications.aspx
As always, thanks for visiting. We would value any feedback you might have on the new website design. Please feel free to contact us via e-mail text or phone if you have a question about any item on our site.
Chris M. Maupin
Clio Ancient Art & Antiquities
PO Box 7714
Wilmington, NC 28406
This article in The Guardian provides an update (including a short video) on the joint German-Egyptian restoration and repair work on King Tut’s golden mask, following damage last year when the beard was accidentally knocked off and glued back on. Link opens in a new tab or window: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/21/fixing-tutankhamuns-beard-unfortunately-they-used-epoxy
A fascinating video from the British Museum detailing the importance of accidental archaeology in the First World War’s Salonka Campaign in northern Greece (opens in a new window or tab) – https://youtu.be/TQR6Flbf_-0