(MENAFN Press) BOULDER, CO Following a sensational summer with monthly sales achieving house-record prices, Artemis Gallery once again steps into the spotlight with a Sept. 22 Exceptional Antiquities & Ethnographic Art Auction to delight collectors. The 407-lot sale showcases museum-worthy examples of classical antiquities, and ancient and ethnographic art from ancient civilizations dating back thousands of years.
Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, Near Eastern, Far East/Asian and Pre-Columbian are just a few of the cultures and geographic regions represented. Additionally, there are superb examples of African, Oceanic, Native American, Spanish Colonial and Russian art; tribal relics, art glass and fine art.
Artemis Gallerys sales traditionally open with premier examples of ethnographic art and relics of mysterious Ancient Egypt. Lot 1A is an impressive 9-inch alabaster stone jar from the Early Dynastic Period (circa 3100-2686 BCE). Its stunning natural attributes, including vertical bands all around, are enhanced by a carved rope motif encircling the vessel beneath the rim. The pre-sale estimate is 6,000-12,000.
Lot 9D is a fantastic circa 1st century BC to 1st century CE 23K gold Nile crocodile. Weighing 37.1 grams and with a composition that is 97% pure gold, the fearsome reptile is realistically formed with almond-shape eyes and rows of deadly teeth visible from a partially opened mouth. The piece has been analyzed and confirmed ancient by Pieter Meyers, Senior Research Scientist Emeritus, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Formerly in the collection of Oregon Governor Victor Atiyeh, the 6.875-inch croc will likely require a bid of 18,000-27,000 in order to be captured at auction.