Summer is typically the season for excavations worldwide. This year, of course, is somewhat different. But that hasn’t stopped researchers examining evidence from excavations both old and recent. Below, in chronological order starting with the oldest, are links to articles I’ve found particularly revealing from the past couple of months. All links open in a… Read More Archaeology and ancient art news from the past few months.
Some of my readers know that in addition to dealing in antiquities (on a much reduced scale in recent years), I am a professional artist; that is to say, I make a substantial part of my living making and selling my work. I am the studio technician for the ceramics program at my local community… Read More Creating Mixed Media Works Inspired by Antiquity
Over the past few weeks we’ve added a great many more antiquities, archaeology and art history related books and collections of books to all of our online stores. Some are quite difficult to find. Many are offered at the lowest prices available anywhere on the internet. Here are links to all of our online shops… Read More Many More Antiquities Book Titles Added to Our Amazon, Etsy and eBay Shops
With the new year well under way, this seems a good time to share with our readers a sample of the many antiquities and antiquities-related artwork we sold in 2017. In addition to these, we also sold many more ancient coins, antique prints and books dealing with antiquities and ancient art.
Roman provincial coinage is an area of study in which non-academics, especially avid collectors and dealers, can make real contributions to the study of the ancient Roman world. While many thousands of different provincial types or variants are known, new ones are still routinely being discovered.They offer a much wider range of imagery than the… Read More Roman Provincial Coinage: A Brief Review
This week’s featured object is a lovely marbled glass bottle sometimes referred to as an unguentarium, from “unguent” meaning a salve or ointment, though in the Roman world this would most commonly have been a scented oil either for personal use or for funerary rites. Reassembled from a few large fragments, like most of its… Read More Clio’s Object of the Week: A Rare Roman Glass Marbled Unguentarium, Early 1st Century AD
Two news items appeared in the popular press during the second half of September, 2016 that addressed recent discoveries of possible East Asian migrants in a Roman period cemetery in London and Late Roman coins found in excavations of a Medieval castle on the Japanese island of Okinawa. While some aspects of the initial excavation… Read More Distant Connections: Contact and Object Exchange Between Mediterranean and Far East Asian Civilizations in the First Few Centuries CE
Here are links to 2 different news articles about this recent spectacular accidental find. The unique context of the find may reveal much about the nature of monetary policy and / or military pay in the late Roman Empire in the west. BBC News article – http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36172538 The Guardian article, with video – https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/apr/29/massive-haul-ancient-roman-coins-unearthed-spain
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/
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… Read More Defining Beauty Exhibition at the British Museum