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If you are thinking ahead to gift giving for the holidays, why not consider a unique ancient oil lamp from our selection. We currently have 25 ancient lamps available, ranging from the Greek Hellenistic period through the Roman Empire, Byzantine Empire and early Islamic periods. Many of our ancient lamps come from the Holy Land, sacred to all three ancient western faiths, with many dating to the early years of Christianity. Others, with their fine ceramic bodies, decorated discus and red slip, date to the high point of the Roman Empire and evoke images of the splendor of ancient Rome. Prices range from as little as $60 up to about $400. You may find them here on our Etsy page – Clio Ancient Art: Ancient Oil Lamps
We currently have 108 items on our Etsy site, including ancient glass, pottery, metalwork and other materials, spanning many centuries, from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Byzantium, the Near East and more. Find them all here – Clio Ancient Art on Etsy
Today we are launching a new feature, entitled “Clio’s Object of the Week.” In this feature we plan to highlight a single antiquity or ancient coin from our stock and explore the object in more detail than is normally permitted in our commercial listings. A link will be included for those interested in purchasing the item.
Our choice for the first object in this weekly feature is a superb Cypriot Black on Red Ware pottery bowl. This deep bowl dates to the 7th Century BC, which on the Island of Cyprus would correspond the Iron Age and specifically what is referred to in archaeological terms as the Cypro-Archaic Period. This last term is intended to suggest a linkage to the Archaic Period of the Greek mainland and islands, a time when Greek civilization was beginning to fully emerge from the so-called “dark age” that followed the collapse of earlier Bronze Age civilizations in Greece and many parts of the eastern Mediterranean. By the Cypro-Archaic Period, most of Cyprus was Greek speaking. The Island’s small city states had recently freed themselves from a period of Assyrian rule, though they would later be controlled briefly by Egypt and Persia, before becoming fully integrated into the Hellenistic world.
Cypriot Black on Red Ware, also sometimes known as Cypro-Phoenician Ware, typically has a burnished red slip with added decoration in thin black lines. The motifs used are typically “bulls eye” designs and parallel lines forming concentric circles in varying thicknesses. Evidence suggests that it was produced only on the Island of Cyprus at multiple production centers beginning around 850 BC, and had a long life, continuing into the 5th Century BC. Although a great deal of Cypriot pottery of all periods was legally exported from the Island during the period of Ottoman rule, especially in the 19th Century, and during the British colonial period from 1914 through 1960, deep bowls of this type are much less common than the juglets and other closed form containers available on the antiquities market today.
Of special interest on this example are the fingerprints of the potter who made it – two smudged finger marks in black slip. These are visible in the first image at the top of this article, inside the bowl at upper left, and again in the image above, directly alongside the handle but inside the bowl. These marks are a remarkable survival from antiquity. They remind us that pottery such as this was intended primarily as utilitarian ware, not as art, and that modern collectors and art historians have redefined such objects as art based on rarity and beauty.
To view this object on our Etsy store, go here (opens in a new tab or window): https://www.etsy.com/listing/280649766/cypriot-black-on-red-ware-large-pottery?ref=shop_home_active_8
To view this object on our eBay store, go here (opens in a new tab or window): http://www.ebay.com/itm/Cypriot-Black-on-Red-Ware-Large-Pottery-Bowl-7th-Century-BC-/131793379127?hash=item1eaf7f5f37:g:yP8AAOSw8d9UsZhX
To learn more about ancient Cyprus, we recommend the following books —
Ancient Art from Cyprus: The Cesnola Collection in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), 2000
The Art of Ancient Cyprus by Desmond Morris, Phaidon, 1985
For online resources we recommend –
- The ancient Cyprus page on the Ashmolean Museum’s website (opens in a new tab or window) – http://www.ashmolean.org/ash/amps/cyprus/
- The ancient Cyprus page on the British Museum’s website (opens in a new tab or window) – http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/publications/online_research_catalogues/ancient_cyprus_british_museum.aspx
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/
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 –
- An Egyptian Bronze Statuette of Nefertum – http://clioancientart.com/ancientegyptianartandantiquitiesforsale.aspx
- An Egyptian Blue-Green Faience Lion Amulet – http://clioancientart.com/anegyptianblue-greenfaiencelionamulet.aspx
- A Large Hellenistic Wheel-Made Ceramic Oil Lamp – http://clioancientart.com/alargehellenisticwheel-madeceramicoillamp.aspx
- A Group of Two Hellenistic Ceramic Oil Lamps – http://clioancientart.com/agroupoftwohellenisticceramicoillamps.aspx
- A Large Late Roman Trail Decorated Barrel Shaped Glass Bead – http://clioancientart.com/alargelateromantraildecoratedbarrelshapedglassbead.aspx
- A Large Late Roman Trail Decorated Spherical Glass Bead – http://clioancientart.com/alargelateromantraildecoratedsphericalglassbead.aspx
- A Romano-British Bronze Fibula (Brooch) – http://clioancientart.com/aromano-britishbronzebrooch.aspx
- An Early Roman European Bronze Fibula (Brooch) – http://clioancientart.com/anearlyromaneuropeanbronzefibulabrooch.aspx
- A Roman Bronze Bow Fibula (Brooch) – http://clioancientart.com/aromanbronzebowfibulabrooch.aspx
- Roman Empire, Silver Denarius of Gordion III http://clioancientart.com/romanempiresilverdenariusofgordioniii.aspx
- Kingdom of Armenia, Levon IV, 1320-1342 AD, Bronze 13 mm – http://clioancientart.com/kingdomofarmenialevoniv1320-1342adbronze13mm.aspx
- Byzantine Empire, Bronze Follis of Justin II and Sophia, AD 565-578 – http://clioancientart.com/byzantineempirebronzefollisofjustiniiandsophiaad565-578.aspx
- Byzantine Empire, Bronze Follis of Constans II, AD 641-668 – http://clioancientart.com/byzantineempirebronzefollisofconstansiiad641-668.aspx
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Chris M. Maupin
Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities
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
Our modern idea of the perfect body is largely unchanged from that of the Ancient Greeks. A new exhibition at the British Museum shows how little has changed in 2,500 years.The BBC examines this exhibition here (link opens in a new tab or window) – http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150605-is-this-the-ideal-body
Link directly to the exhibition on the British Museum website (link opens in a new tab or window) – http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/defining_beauty.aspx
British Museum unveils long-lost bronze sculpture in ancient Greek art show. This links opens in a new window at The Art Newspaper: http://www.theartnewspaper.com/articles/British-Museum-unveils-longlost-bronze-sculpture-in-ancient-Greek-art-show/37381
Analysis of human remains found in the Amphipolis Tomb, excavated to much news coverage over the past several months, indicate at least five persons were buried inside. Here are the details: http://www.ekathimerini.com/4dcgi/_w_articles_wsite1_1_19/01/2015_546329
The recent decision by The British Museum to send a single sculpture from the famed Parthenon Marbles (or Elgin Marbles) on loan briefly to the Hermitage in Russia, causing outrage in Greece, has once again drawn attention to issues of cultural heritage relating to antiquities. Whatever the merits of the arguments put forward by those demanding the return of the marbles to Greece and those arguing for their continued care in The British Museum – and both sides have many valid points – there can be no doubt that the Museum has been a vital source of knowledge, stewardship and inspiration for those with an interest in classical antiquity, in a way that perhaps no other institution in the world has. Visitors to London may drop in at the Museum free of charge, as millions do annually (6,701,000 in 2013) and this writer has on more than one occasion, to marvel at the most exquisite works of antiquity from all over the globe, thoughtfully presented in a secure and pleasant environment.
The current tempest over the brief loan to the Hermitage seems a good opportunity for a broader review of the British Museum’s ancient Greek holdings. Every medium and material is presented in their displays, including sculpture in stone and bronze, ceramics and terracotta, glass and organic materials. The collections reflect the broad sweep over time and geography of Greek influence in the broader Mediterranean world. In this brief photo essay, I have entirely left out the Parthenon marbles and have selected 15 images that are personal favorites and I hope capture a sense of the complexity of ancient Greek art. I have focused only on Greek art from the Archaic through Hellenistic periods and have incorporated works not only from Athens and other important centers in Greece itself but also in regional styles from Greek communities in Asia Minor, North Africa and southern Italy.
All images are original and should be credited to Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities.