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Classical Antiquities at Artemis Gallery Auction

Classical Antiquities at Artemis Gallery AuctionClassical Antiquities at Artemis Gallery Auction

The Artemis Gallery in the US will unlock the mysteries of ancient times on June 11 with a 225-lot auction of important classical antiquities, plus ancient and ethnographic art. The carefully curated selection includes museum-quality pieces from Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Near Eastern, Asian, Pre-Columbian and Native-American cultures. Additionally, there are several important Celtic and Viking relics and gold jewelry items, as well as fine paintings of Russian and western European origin, including a 17th-century Spanish oil portrait by E. L. Garrido.

A polychrome gesso box with four hieroglyphic panels dating to Egypt’s 26th dynasty (662-525 BC), with each panel painted with the image of an animal (jackal, beetle) or a human face is one of the items for auction and is estimated at $40,000-$60,000, reports the gallery’s website.

A prized Southeast Asian highlight is the 22+ karat gold Burmese Buddha that dates to the 12th century. The 2¼-inch repousse figurine was previously part of a private collection in Palm Beach, Florida. It is expected to fetch $20,000-$30,000.

From northwestern Greece, (6th to 5th century BC) is an Illyrian hammered bronze helmet expected to fetch $20,000-$30,000.

Made in the Roman Empire, 1st to 3rd century CE, a large and finely sculpted marble head of a man displays realistic facial details and a pensive expression. Reflective of an artistic style that was favored in the Augustan and Julio-Claudian periods, the sculpture measures 18¼ inches in height and is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.

Among other artifacts is an original Bactrian composite stone idol from central Asia, circa late 3rd to early 2nd millennium BC, modeled in the form of a seated person in a patterned robe, with stone arms extended on a platform. Most excavated examples of this type have been discovered at sites in Margiana, in southern Turkmenistan. It is estimated at $8,000-$12,000.

From the Rio Magdalena region of Colombia, (circa 800 to 1500 AD ) is a decorative pottery urn, with a seated male figure that serves as the lid’s finial adorned with shell beads, a molded self-necklace and original copper nose ring. The vessel stands 34 inches tall and is estimated at $15,000-$20,000.