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      halanb
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      These two items are from the ANTIQUITIES auction at Christie’s, New York, 12/13/2013.
      Normally I would not list items not yet sold, but I think these are of sufficient interest to follow.
      I assure you that I have no financial interest in the sale, and will not be bidding.

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      AN EGYPTIAN BRONZE BELL – PTOLEMAIC PERIOD, 304-30 B.C.
      In the form of an inverted lotus, with the striated overlapping petals in low relief, the crown a reeded suspension loop, perforated below, the iron clapper strung through a wire hooked through a perforation on either side, one side embellished with relief decoration comprising a head of a falcon wearing a striated tripartite headcloth, a falcon headed scepter below, adorned with a broad collar and a tripartite headcloth surmounted by a uraeus, flanked by two nefer signs before inward facing wedjat-eyes and conforming brows, the irises in “black” bronze, adorsed crocodiles along the lower rim.
      2½ in. (6.4 cm.) high.

      Definitions:
      uraeus – stylized, upright form of an Egyptian cobra (asp, serpent, or snake), used as a symbol of sovereignty, royalty, deity, and divine authority in ancient Egypt.
      nefer sign – hieroglyph used to convey the concepts of “goodness” and “beauty”, associated with the heart.
      wedjat eyes – associated with Horus, the god of the sky, who was depicted as a falcon or as a man with a falcon’s head.
      adorsed – set back to back

      In the form of an inverted lotus

      iron clapper strung through a wire hooked through a perforation on either side

      relief decoration comprising a head of a falcon wearing a striated tripartite headcloth

      falcon headed scepter below

      flanked by two nefer signs before inward facing wedjat-eyes

      adorsed crocodiles along the lower rim

      http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/ancient-art-antiquities/an-egyptian-bronze-bell-ptolemaic-period-304-30-5747480-details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5747480&sid=0f061ecf-dd7f-43cd-ac50-8a9c1e260e63

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      BYZANTINE BRONZE STEELYARD WEIGHT – CIRCA 5TH CENTURY A.D.
      In the form of a bust of an empress, possibly Aelia Pulcheria, enveloped in a tightly wrapped cloak, one end draping over her left shoulder and down her back, her right hand emerging from beneath the u-shaped folds, held against her chest and making the gesture of speech, her fisted left hand holding a scroll or a mappa (a folded cloth), adorned with an elaborate beaded pendant necklace and an imperial diadem, her oval face tapering to a protruding rounded chin, with almond-shaped articulated eyes beneath heavy lids, her hair fashioned in a fringe of locks scalloped across her forehead, pulled back and folded up from the nape of her neck and arranged in two large tresses fastened atop her head, surmounted by a suspension loop above; filled with lead.
      9 in. (22.9 cm.) high; 13.4 lbs. (214.7 oz.)

      (Of course, if someone were to melt out the lead and install a clapper, …)

      http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/ancient-art-antiquities/a-byzantine-bronze-steelyard-weight-circa-5th-5747629-details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5747629&sid=b143dd1b-7170-441d-b08f-f7ae1866a3ce

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