Featured Ancient ... but not a coin! Artifacts thread! Post 'em!

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by lordmarcovan, Dec 25, 2017.

  1. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    1980's and later. Its one of the series called the "Syrian Fakes" first produced in the early 1980's to 1990's. This was one of the more produced types, you can see the shadow of a menorah on the discus.
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  3. Numisnewbiest

    Numisnewbiest Well-Known Member

    What percentage of "ancient" oil lamps on the market would you say are just modern mass-produced fakes? And how are they ever even authenticated?
  4. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    I wish we could buy " slabbed" lamps. Ha..
  5. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    Only a small percentage are fake, but they tend to turn up in the same places (Ebay mostly). Authenticating pottery can be easy but can also be difficult. The best method is a thermo-luminescence test, which can tell you within a small range of about 50 years or so when it was fired. But that is an expensive test costing typically a few hundred dollars.
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  6. Ken Dorney

    Ken Dorney Yea, I'm Cool That Way...

    Some day you probably will. I think they currently encapsulate things like baseballs.
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  7. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    it looks old to me 7C....that's the thing with terra cotta items...old clay is the same age as new clay purdy much..9_9..
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  8. Ancientnoob

    Ancientnoob Money Changer

    Not ancient but an artifact and among my most prized possessions.


    Nagasa: 53.2 cm

    Nakago: 14.7 cm

    Kissaki: 3.2 cm

    Kasane: 0.6 cm

    Mihaba: 2.4 cm

    Sori: 1.8 cm

    The signature reads... (Zai Mei)


    Then a Family Name?

    KUNITSUGU (Ura Mei)

    Reference: Hawley SUK #163 and TK #309 I also read that this Smith is rated FUJISHIRO JOJO SAKO, I was told is good.

    The swords dates to the Kamakura Period - Koan Era AD 1278 - 1288. Ichimonji school Fukuoka

    弘安︱ 備前

    Sukekane (2nd gen)

    ID SUK163

    Province Bizen

    Era Kōan (1278-1288)

    Active Period 1278-1288

    School Fukuoka Ichimonji

    Source Rating Reference/Page

    Hawley 20 SUK163

    Toko Taikan ¥18M 309

    Fujishiro Jo-jo saku K572

    Other NMK-454-5, SJS-595



    bizen kuni ju sukekane



    Workmanship and style

    Small signature.

    katateuchi.JPG .
  9. Numisnewbiest

    Numisnewbiest Well-Known Member

    I've seen so many "ancient Roman spear heads" in various listings online, but I've just seen the first that has a square socket rather than the usual round socket. Was there a specific point in time when square sockets began to be used, or a specific culture that preferred them?
  10. Nicholas Molinari

    Nicholas Molinari Well-Known Member

    I’m very happy to have acquired this new artifact, which I attribute to Naukratis c. late 7th to mid 6th century BC. It might be the earliest know Greek depiction of Acheloios, though it appears to be made in local style, unlike slightly later and larger Acheloios-shaped balsamarii from the temple of Aphrodite at Naukratis.

    It is really magnificent to behold in hand. I absolutely love it!
  11. Ryro

    Ryro Trying to remove supporter status

    Just received this lil beauty from across da pond from a British seller...with some snack additions to my Gallienus zoo series(soon to come).
    I've never seen one like it. I suppose Bachofen would assume it's a mother goddess. But all of an ID I have is...
    Rare Type Terracotta Ancient Indus Valley Idol dating to about 2000 B.C. 68mm long:
  12. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper

    I don't get it, what are the two bags wrapped around the God's chest, with 3 ropes around his neck. Is that some sort of priest attire?
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  13. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Not HIS neck. HERS. ;)
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  14. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper

    Oh dear, I should have read more carefully. That was embarrassing.
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  15. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Read, schmead. LOL

    I didn't read the "mother goddess" part initially, either.

    I just must be more attuned to noticing certain *ahem* anatomical details than you are, I guess. ;)
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  16. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper

    Well, I see what they are now, but I saw the patterns right above the anatomical region and assumed the whole thing was part of some elaborate ancient priest wardrobe.

    In my defense, the head looks like it could be male.
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  17. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    I, on the other hand, saw only one thing.

    Well - no - two, actually. :hilarious:
  18. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    (But you're right- it's not got the most feminine facial features.)

    Sorta like Beaker from the Muppets, sans wild hair.

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  19. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE

    Wwwooooah! Excellent, Dude!
  20. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Purchased from a UK antiquities dealer, this Gandhara stone head comes with a custom stand. Nice piece. Excellent item to put inside my display cabinet. I like the smiling face, with some sort of Zen feeling. Reminds me to cool down during tough times. :happy:

    040 Prince.jpg

    I also have another Gandhara stone carving. Base of a circular pillar, I believe. Need to display it someday. :shame:

  21. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & Eccentric Moderator

    Beautiful. This turned into quite the interesting thread, didn't it?
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