Limestone Cosmetic Jar
Ancient Egypt - Late kingdom, 18th Dynasty
Carved from a single piece of stone, this jar was used to store kohl, an ancient form of eye cosmetic.
This jar is adorned with various Egyptian symbols including an Eye of Horus and the portrait of a jackal, sacred animal of the god Anubis.
Miniature Funerary Boat
Ancient Egypt - 18th Dynasty
Green glazed limestone boat, with horned animal heads in the front and the back of the boat, carrying two mummy forms, one on top of the canopy and one under it. A standing figure at the front of the boat and a kneeling figure towards the back.
Funerary boats were placed in graves and tombs of the deceased to help transport them in the afterlife.
Limestone Miniature Sarcophagus
Ancient Egypt - Ptolemaic Period
Elaborate mummy form on the lid, wearing a headdress with an incised beetle and a chin beard.
Incised hieroglyphs and symbols on the surface including a kneeling winged Isis - Protective Goddess who used magic spells to help people in need, the wife of Osiris and the mother of Horus, near the waist. A beetle near the feet and a cartouche on each side.
The bottom of the coffin has incised figures, hieroglyphs and symbols including birds and an Eye of Horus - the symbol of protection.
Coffin contains a terracotta Ushabti with incised hieroglyphs including an Ankh and an Eye of Horus.
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Gold Stater of Philip II of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great.
Ancient Greece - Macedonia (356-336 BC)
Gold Stater of Alexander the Great
Ancient Greece - Macedonia (336-323 BC)
On the obverse, the head of the Goddess, Athena, with facial features modeled after those of Alexander. On the reverse, a beautiful Nike (winged Victory) holding a scepter and a victory wreath. The name ALEXANDER (in Greek) appears along the side of the wing, on the right.
Seleukos VI, Epiphanies Nikator Tetradrachm
Seleucid Kingdom - 95-94 BC
Epiphanies Nikator, the oldest son of Antiochos VIII, on the obverse with his diad, the reverse with inscriptions and Zeus enthroned, Nike and scepter in hand.
These coins originated from the Seleucid Kingdom that was established by Seleukos, general of Alexander the Great, after the death of Alexander. At its peak, the kingdom comprised almost all of the conquests of Alexander the Great with the exception of Egypt. Antiochus VII ruled from 138-129 BC and led a successful campaign in Palestine and Babylon. He ruled with competence and integrity but was killed in battle against the Parthian.
Silver Shekel of Tyre
Holy Land - 126-70 BC
“…then one of the 12, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and said unto them, What will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for 30 pieces of silver.”
- Matthew 26: 14-15
Of all the Biblical references to coins, the “thirty pieces of silver” paid to Judas Iscariot for his betrayal of Christ is perhaps the best known. Throughout numismatics, one of the coins most in demand by collectors who cherish their new testament is an example of the famous “Thirty Pieces of Silver” also known as a “Shekel of Tyre”.
Tyre was one of the primary ports in Phoenicia during the Greek and Roman period. It was of great commercial importance and exported coinage to Judaea where the coins circulated in great numbers. In the great temple of Jerusalem built by Solomon, these coins were used to pay taxes. The tax levied on the Jews was ½ Shekel per male member of the family. Because families were large, the Shekels saw more use and were more common.
Ancient Egypt - 26th Dynasty
Vivid blue faience cat seated on a base and wearing a collar.
Sacred animal to the sun god Ra and Bastet. The earliest Egyptian depiction of the cat took the form of three hieroglyph symbols, each representing seated cats. These formed part of the phrase ‘Lord of the City of Cats’ inscribed on a stone block from El-Lisht that may date as early as the reign of Pepy II, 2278-2184 BC. The Egyptian word for cat was the onomatopoeic term miw.
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