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

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

  1. DonnaML

    DonnaML Well-Known Member

    I visited Mexico City in 1977 (my first trip out of the USA by myself, at 22), and my recollection is that -- not surprisingly -- the Aztecs are the focus there, along with, before the Aztecs, Teotihuacan.
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    @DonnaML, on a still more anecdotal basis, the impression I get is that, at least since some point in the last century, Mexicans have been more vocally reasserting their native (thank you, lower-case) heritage. I'll never forget visiting one Chicano kid who I knew in grade school, who I remember as having a distinctly Mayan-looking profile. His mom had a put a cloth banner of the Virgin of Guadeloupe directly above the sofa in the living room. It covered a lot of wall space. That much of the whole point of the Virgin of Guadeloupe is that she was indigenous. The indigenous thread was always there; it's merely been getting more assertive over the last generation or so.
    Sort of evoking what's happened, ironically or not, in Spain over the same, (sorry) no less vague interval. People there are reconnecting with their Moorish heritage. You can get bits of it over news sources like the BBC. But if you go to Spanish ebay, and look at what's happening to prices for Andalusian coins, it's like, Look No Further. ...Another travel anecdote, from people I knew a little earlier than your experience, involved their habit of spending part of the summer in Portugal. The wife had this translation of an informal part of the rite of baptism there: the priest would say something like, 'Your gave me your son a Moor, and I give him back to you a Christian.' ...I still like that. :<} ...It's like, the False Dichotomy siren is going, 'Whirr, Whirr....'
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  4. 7Calbrey

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    The following jug? doesn't look Roman or even maybe not Greek. It might be used possibly for perfume. Hope you like it and give me a hand, if you may.
    Height : 12 cm. Mouth Diameter : 3.3 cm. Base Diameter : 3.5 cm.

  5. otlichnik

    otlichnik Well-Known Member

    It looks "Roman" to me - to include late Hellenistic and early Byzantine as well as Roman proper, they are almost indistinguishable in many pottery forms.

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  6. 7Calbrey

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    No way I could ever own such an expensive and highly significant "bronze page". Still.. I have a photo. There are 2 Menorahs, Semitic lettering and the face of an old bearded man. Out of curiosity and the love of science, could someone ID this Man.

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  7. JGGonzalez

    JGGonzalez Well-Known Member

    This one is a little later than my usual collection, but I couldn't pass it up. It's a silver Saxon ring from the 4th to 6th century A.D. The prior owner buffed the patina off and had the back repaired, so I decided to wear this one. I think the front is either a wolf or a wild cat. 16195727505080.jpg
  8. Ryro

    Ryro Trying to remove supporter status

    I strongly believe that on page 26 we have three very obvious moderns.
    1- The bong I made in high school
    2- A totally phoney picture of the guy who was my "hook up" aaaaand
    3- A ring of my, "Wolf/dog/Cat(even the owner doesn't know what the very modern dude that made this was going for)"
    Just obvious observations. Thoughts?
  9. JGGonzalez

    JGGonzalez Well-Known Member

    LOL! I got mine from Senatus Consulto, a dealer in Denmark that has a good track record, not fleabay, but I do like your comments!
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  10. 7Calbrey

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    The stone ball in this ancient plate has a very nice and attractive smell. That's the first time that I encounter an ancient stony perfume. It's like a puzzle for me. The ball weighs 41 g. I wish someone has a clue. Thanks.

  11. JGGonzalez

    JGGonzalez Well-Known Member

    Here's another ring I picked up. It's a Roman silver ring, I'm guessing 1st to 3rd century A.D. It has been harshly cleaned, but you can see the silver has crystalized under the surface in the areas that are scraped or nicked. The top bezel containing the stone has been broken off. I found that it fit my pinkie, so I rummaged around in my junk box and found a star sapphire that sort of fit the remaining part of the bezel. I mounted the stone by using a drop of super glue. The end result is pretty pathetic, but neat. It certainly isn't something you will find in a jewelry store at the mall.
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  13. 7Calbrey

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    The first item is a silver bracelet which I acquired today. It weighs 23,5 g. The second stony item was just offered for sale, but I didn't purchase it because I don't know what it is ! It looks like an ancient very unusual lamp or something else to be used for other purposes. I'm not sure about their nationalities.

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  14. Bob L.

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    This afternoon's table setting.
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  15. Ryro

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  16. Bob L.

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  17. Spaniard

    Spaniard Well-Known Member

    Now that's impressive!!....Wonderful collection Bob!.....
  18. Bob L.

    Bob L. Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Paul.
  19. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Nice! I especially like the bronze arrowheads. :)
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  20. +VGO.DVCKS

    +VGO.DVCKS Well-Known Member

    ...Not seeing a lot in the way of your usual kitchenware.
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  21. Numisnewbiest

    Numisnewbiest Well-Known Member

    This ring is in the next Timeline auction in September, but I have an issue with it: it's advertised as being 2nd-3rd century bronze, but looks like it has rust on it. That would make it iron, or at least have a high iron content. Am I seeing it wrong? Can bronze have this orange corrosion? Is it even rust, or is it something else?

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