antiquities, ancient art, artifacts

Many Antiquities Related Book Titles Added to Our Amazon Shop

We’ve recently added many new book titles to our Amazon shop — some also available in our Etsy and eBay shops — with the holidays in mind. These range from out of print, hard to find object catalogs and excavation reports to popular and coffee table works, all dealing directly with antiquities, ancient art and artifacts and art history. Many are highly sought after by antiquities collectors and dealers. Some are offered at the lowest prices available on Amazon or anywhere else. Here’s a list, with links, to just a few (links open in a new window or tab) –

Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0884021505/?seller=AMFK0PVI31U7D

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Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0876619332/?seller=AMFK0PVI31U7D

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Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004PVDXOA/?seller=AMFK0PVI31U7D

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Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0892367679/?seller=AMFK0PVI31U7D

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Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0876611811/?seller=AMFK0PVI31U7D

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Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0876611226/?seller=AMFK0PVI31U7D

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Clio Ancient Art is now on Instagram!

Clio Ancient Art is now on Instagram! We’ll be posting featured antiquities, artifacts, ancient coins and related items, along with images from our photo archive that help place those objects in context. Follow us here – https://www.instagram.com/clioancientantiquities/

Ancient Oil Lamps for Holiday Gifting

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

Introducing a New Feature: Clio’s Object of the Week

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.

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Cypriot Black on Red Ware Large Pottery Bowl 7th Century BC

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.

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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 —

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/

FINE EGYPTIAN, HELLENISTIC AND ROMAN ANTIQUITIES AND ANCIENT COINS ADDED TO OUR WEBSITE

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

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) – https://youtu.be/TQR6Flbf_-0

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Defining Beauty Exhibition at the British Museum

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

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

NEWS ITEM: Five people buried in the Amphipolis Tomb!

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