It was a pleasant surprise to see a page about me created on Art Fandom.
It’s a niche site devoted to art with pages on such luminaries as Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse and Warhol.
That’s some company to be keeping!
It’s lovely to see that people are still connected enough to art that they’re building websites devoted to it.
In the next of our series on Phoenix Ancient Art’s piece, we’re looking at this fascinating item.
This piece from the Saite Period is a relic of a bygone era. Many pieces from this time also feature schist and they take advantage of the elegance this material yields.
Here, this piece shows a man squatting, his arms crossed over his knees and his legs bent. Most likely he was a senior official of sorts.
Next in our series looking at some of Phoenix Ancient Art’s most exciting pieces comes this 33 inch terracotta krater which simply takes your breath away.
It’s even more impressive seeing it up close. It is reassembled and is in incredible condition with just some minor cracks, dents, and scratches. Just incredible for a piece that is around 2,500 years old!
It features a very complex design. The main side represents scenes with about ten people and several animals or sea monsters, and is based on a large-scale narration about the children of Athamas, the Boeotian king.
On the other…
The griffin is a legendary creature with the head and wings of an eagle, and the body, tail, and back legs of a lion. A combination of the king of the jungle and the king of the birds, it was a powerful creature. This tiny golden piece is a stunning depiction of the griffin’s head. Only 1.5 inches in height, it still takes away one’s breath.
Hicham Aboutaam: The next piece in our series looking at some of Phoenix Ancient Art’s pieces and the stories behind them.
Pomegranates, a fruit that’s still perhaps a novelty to many of us today, were significant in Greek and Roman mythology.
Persephone, daughter of the goddess of the harvest, was abducted by Hades, who fed her pomegranate seeds, the food of the underworld. Since then, the fruit is associated with Persephone’s power as the queen of the Underworld; they are a symbol of life in death, of fruitfulness and fertility bursting forth from seeds under the ground.
While we have other examples of glass vessels in the shape of fruit, many of them votive offerings from tombs, this pomegranate is special. In the form of a ripening fruit, with gently variegated color and a perfectly fashioned corolla, its excellent condition marks this piece as unique.
Here is the next installment of our series looking at some of our pieces and the incredible stories behind them.
What a story this limestone fragment tells! The rectangular funereal piece is in good condition and includes figures represented in very low relief, and richly embellished with a variety of pigments. While the image still retains parts of two registers, it is unfortunately incomplete. The upper scene shows a large offering table set for a feast and delineated by a green border. On the left is the suspended body of a plucked bird.
The bottom scene depicts three women. One…
In this new series we look at some of our pieces and the incredible stories behind them.
This rare 2000 year old vessel was cut from a single block of chalcedony, a material used mostly for seals and beads since the Minoan times, and which became especially popular for the Ionic Greek and Graeco-Persian gems of the 5th and 4th centuries B.C.E.
The shape is characteristic of a type of kantharos, with perfectly harmonious proportions. Its smooth surface reflects the light and bestows the subtle color-shifting translucence coveted by connoisseurs. While there are similar bowls from this period and a little later extant, none share its exact combination of material and form.
While complete, it was reassembled from four fragments and has a large crack and a few natural interior cracks.
Hicham Aboutaam is the co-founder of Phoenix Ancient Art. He’s also the owner of e-Tiquities and Electrum