The Step Pyramid complex at Saqqara. Imhotep's creation.

Imhotep: From Architect to Deity to Villain

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 –

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Clio Ancient Art’s New Look and New Items

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 –
• An Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris –
• A Deep Blue Egyptian Faience Amulet of Daumutef –
• A Deep Blue Egyptian Faience Amulet of Hapi –
• Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris –
• Egyptian Bronze Figure of Osiris –

• Late Roman / Migration Period Military Bronze Belt Buckle Plate –
• A Late Roman to Early Byzantine Trail Decorated Glass Bead –
• Roman Glass Crumb Decorated Bead –

• Early Byzantine Bronze Military Phalera or Boss –
• Early Byzantine Military Baldric Buckle –

• An Early Islamic Trail Decorated Glass Bead –

• Greek Cities, Mysia, Gambrion, Bronze 16 mm, 4th-3rd Century BC –
• Roman Empire, Bronze Sestertius of Julia Mamaea, AD 180-235 –
• Roman Empire, Maximian as Caesar, Bronze Antoninianus, AD 285-286 –
• Roman Empire, Maximian , Bronze Antoninianus, AD 286-305 –

To access specific sections on our website, follow these links –
• Ancient Oil Lamps for Sale –
• Ancient Byzantine, Migration Period, Etruscan, Islamic, Celtic, Near Eastern & Related Antiquities –
• Ancient Coins for Sale: Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Early Islamic –
• Ancient Cypriot Art & Antiquities for Sale –
• Ancient Egyptian Art & Antiquities for Sale –
• Ancient Glass Vessels & Beads –
• Ancient Greek Art & Antiquities for Sale –
• Ancient Jewelry & Personal Adornment –
• Ancient Roman Antiquities for Sale –
• Ancient Pottery Vessels for Sale –
• Framed & Un-Framed Art, Books & Publications –

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.
Best wishes,

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

Update on Repair and Conservation of Tutankamun’s Mask and Beard

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:

The Salonika Campaign: Archaeology in the Trenches

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) –

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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) –

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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 –

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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

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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):