A finely modelled Old Babylonian terracotta plaque fragment, depicting two birds in relief. The birds are portrayed in side profile, facing each other. The birds have a bald head, long thick beaks, projecting tails and long toes. These physical characteristics bear resemblance to the sacred ibis which dwelled in Africa and the Mesopotamian Marshes or could simply be stylistic representations. The lower section of the plaque is now missing. The plaque comes with a customised display stand and the item itself measures L5.7cm x W5.3cm.
A Roman, marble statue fragment, depicting the lower torso of a nude female. The fragment clearly depicts the rounded buttocks and thighs of a woman. The left thigh leans forward slightly, angling the direction of the hips and suggesting that the nude female must have been depicted standing with the weight on her right leg. This pose of standing with weight on one leg is typical of statues of classical antiquity and is known as ‘contrapposto‘. Signs of degradation consistent with age can be seen on the statue. The piece is mounted on a custom-made stand. Height indicated includes the height of the stand.
Selection of Egyptian millefiori glass bead fragments of different shapes. Both fragments feature white, yellow and red-coloured designs against a dark blue background and display beautifully vivid translucency when looked at in the light.
A Near Eastern terracotta plaque fragment, possibly from a vase. The curved plaque features two horizontal friezes, decorated with stylised portraits facing forward in relief. Each face displays large almond shaped eyes, large noses and plumped checks. A band of short vertical grooves embellish the top of the piece. The reverse is unadorned with concave sections reflecting where the faces are presented.
A selection of wall plaster fragments from Pompeii featuring brightly coloured pigments. The fragments appear to be decorated with dark brown, yellow and red block paints. The reverse displays the unadorned plaster.
A fragment of a Mesopotamian clay foundation brick. The piece is carved onto the obverse with cuneiform scripts arranged in straight lines but unfortunately, most of the inscriptions has faded over time.
An ancient Egyptian greywacke cosmetic spoon fragment, consisting of a rounded body which tapers to a curved point to create a fish shape. Incisions mark out a circular eye and a small upturned mouth, symmetrical with the underside. The spoon features crescent scales and detailing of a fin and gills, also made through incised markings. At the nose there is a small perforation, likely used for the attachment of a hinged cover for the spoon bowl. To the reverse, the flat surface is recessed to create the spoon bowl, whilst retaining the fish’s facial features. Graywacke is a variety of sandstone, characterised by it’s hardness and dull colouring.
The spoon fragment features a custom-made stand.
A fragment of Western Asiatic, Old Babylonian clay tablet. It is inscribed with cuneiform text to both sides in horizontal registers. This is a fragment of a whole tablet.
A rare Coptic, Late Roman, linen tapestry fragment displaying scenes of hunting soldiers. The tapestry depicts a soldier wearing a green belted sleeved tunic fighting a bear with a spear and shield. Another soldier, below, in a white tunic is shown on horseback, galloping with his arm raised. The soldiers are divided by helmeted heads, foliage, birds and forest animals. The band is framed with a white border and lies on a cherry red background. The decorative tapestry was highly likely to have been part of a tunic.
The fragment has been placed in a black frame on a cream silk background.
Size of actual fragment: L 25.0 cm x W 6.5 cm
A finely decorated Egyptian Coptic roundel woven in black and red wool onto coarse, unbleached linen. This finely executed Coptic textile fragment features a polychromatic medallion, with a central red circle followed by a thick black circle with geometric motifs in between. A silhouette of a figure is displayed at the centre. The piece is further enriched with red geometric motifs and is framed with two linear boarders.
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