In the next of our series on Phoenix Ancient Art’s piece, we’re looking at this stunning item.
In Greek mythology, Aidos, was the goddess of modesty, respect, shame and humility. This piece exemplifies all of her qualities. The mantle wraps her body in cloth. Her un-draped right arm extends across…
In the next of our series on Phoenix Ancient Art’s collection, we’re looking at this magnificent piece.
This Greek Gold Cylindrical Stand, 12.7 cm in diameter, has beaded wire around its edge. The upper flange is decorated with a narrative frieze set against a densely granulated background. The scene portrays a battle between Amazons and Greeks featuring 19 participants, while two Nereids sit on hippocamps. Set at intervals between the figures are birds, dolphins, and half-globules.
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.
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.
Hicham Aboutaam is the co-founder of Phoenix Ancient Art. He’s also the owner of e-Tiquities and Electrum