The term “cancel culture” has been widely used in recent years to refer to efforts by both the political left and right to aggressively annul closely held cultural beliefs and even individual personalities by one side or the other. With governments worldwide struggling to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, Turkey’s Islamist government implemented cancel culture on… Read More With the world distracted, Turkey’s government cancels Byzantine history
Just the other day we sold a small bronze coin issued by one of the 14th Century Mamluk rulers of Egypt, Syria and the Levant, pictured below. Inexpensive and similar to countless thousands of examples that were produced by the Mamluk sultans over a period of over 250 years, its simple but satisfying floral scroll… Read More The remarkable artistic achievements of the Mamluks of Egypt
Every January we post a partial visual review of the antiquities and related items we sold the prior year. We’re a bit tardy this year but here is a photo montage with some of the items we sold, including Roman, Cypriot, Visigoth, Islamic and other antiquities in bronze, glass and ceramic, ancient Greek and Roman… Read More A brief look back at Clio’s 2018 sales
As many of our regular readers know, I started a “sister blog” a few months ago, dealing with my exploration of the intersection of art from the past and art from the present, and specifically how this impacts my own work as an artist. As so much of my work is impacted by art from… Read More Articles of interest from our sister blog
Here are images, with links, to some recent additions to our Etsy and eBay online stores. Links will open in a new window or tab.
Our featured object this week hearkens back to a time when the Middle East was quite different demographically than it is today. For more than 400 years, large parts of the Near and Middle East were governed by the expansionist Ottoman Empire. Under the Empire’s authoritarian rule, the many ethnic and religious minorities of the… Read More This Week’s Featured Object: Echoes of a Very Different Middle East – Clothing from Iraqi Kurdistan
We’ve created a customer Coupon for use in our Etsy store. Receive 15% off every item over $25 between now and January, 2017. Use coupon code JAN20172 at checkout to receive your discount! And, if you make a purchase between now and January 31 you’ll also receive an email from Etsy with another discount coupon… Read More Special Offer in our Etsy Store: 15% Off!
The images below represent a good sample of the many ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, early Islamic and other Mediterranean and related antiquities and ancient coins sold by Clio Ancient Art during 2016. Some of our regular customers reading this blog entry might recognize pieces they now own. As always we have many more items… Read More A Sample of Our Sold Antiquities from 2016
As an artist myself (yes, I have come to accept, to my own astonishment, that in addition to being an antiquities dealer / antiquarian / art historian, I am, at last, an artist) I often find myself influenced, even if sometimes subliminally, by the ancient and medieval art and artifacts I handle every day (see… Read More A breakthrough moment in the modern interpretation of antiquities
Our featured object this week is a fine example of a type of personal adornment that was popular in the Near East, particularly in Egypt, the Levantine coastal region (today’s Israel / Palestine and Lebanon), and greater Syria, including what is now southwestern Turkey, from the Hellenistic period right through the Roman, early Byzantine and… Read More This Week’s Featured Object: Medieval Islamic Glass Bangle