open mouth and ears. Created in the mid to late 3rd millennium BCE, this votive idol is entered with a $2,500-$3,500 estimate.
A special treat is the selection of ancient coins, including Romano-Egyptian, Greek, Lycian, Syrian and several other types. Among those with provenance from the Matrisciano collection are: Lot 126, a Venetian gold ducat coin, circa 1414-1423 CE, with images of Christ and St. Mark, $500-$600; and Lot 23A, a Lycian League, Masikytes Mint silver hemidrachm, $500-$700. The latter coin, struck circa 30-27 BCE, shows the laureate head of Apollo on the obverse and a lyre on reverse. “Lycia minted its own coinage despite being ruled by several groups prior to the conquest of Alexander,” Teresa Dodge noted. “The Lycians are credited with having been the first to use coin portraits, that we know of, which makes the coin in our auction especially desirable.”
The Asian art category covers a broad spectrum, including the Chinese Han, Tang and Ming dynasties, among others. There has been strong pre-sale interest in Lot 66A, a Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE) cast-iron eagle-claw mace. The handle is decorated with a lion’s head from whose mouth the rest of the weapon emerges. The mace terminates in the detailed talon of an eagle, complete with cast feathers and claws. The intimidating figural weapon is estimated at $2,400-$3,600.
Many cultures are represented in the Pre-Columbian selection, with highlights including Lot 69, a Valdivian limestone plank figure of an owl, $3,000-$5,000; Lot 99, a Veracruz ceramic priestess in prayerful stance, $8,000-$12,000; and Lot 110, a monumental Tolima pottery effigy funerary urn with lid, $3,000-$4,000.
As auction preparations continue, many exciting new consignments are being added to the online catalog, including outstanding examples of tribal art, Russian icons, and Spanish Colonial santos. Like all other items chosen for inclusion in the auction, their authenticity and legality are unconditionally guaranteed.
There are many ways in which to bid in Artemis Gallery's April 12, 2017 auction, including absentee, by phone (please reserve line in advance), or live via the Internet. The sale will be conducted simultaneously on three bidding platforms. For additional information about any item in the auction, call Teresa Dodge at 720-502-5289 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greek Attic black-figure amphora with images of Dionysos, nymphs and satyrs, circa 510 BCE, est. $20,000-$25,000