The market for ancient artifacts is relatively obscure area but steeped in connoisseurship and exclusivity. A lot of times, the obscurity invites controversy because theft and fraud are widespread international crimes committed in the name of a 6-billion-dollar black market.
Artifacts and ancient art have been passed down from one generation to the next, from owner to owner and country to country, so disputes and confusions are regular encounters for collectors, galleries, and dealers. Even with the proliferation of loot, fake items, ripoffs, and scandals in this niche market, great finds can easily go for satisfying figures. From Christie’s in London and Sotheby’s in New York, great artifacts are valuable historical and cultural signifiers. Here are some of them:
This chunk of dark stone from a larger stele was found in Rosetta, Egypt in 1799. It is probably one of the most famous and important antiquities around. It has since become the main reference for decrypting cultures and whatnot. The inscriptions on the slab include ancient Greek, hieroglyphic, and Demotic texts.
The Guennol Lioness
The famous sculpture features an anthropomorphic figure, a part-lioness, part-woman Elamite image that existed during the development of some of Western civilization’s earliest innovations like the wheel and cuneiform writing. Near East religions abound in anthropomorphic representations of gods and goddesses.
Artemis and the stag
This bronze sculpture of the Greek goddess of hunting came from one of the excavation sites in Rome and was a celebrated example of ancient art, with its finely preserved details and the dynamic rendering of Artemis and the stag beside her. It was originally one of the most expensive sculptures ever sold at an auction, together with the Guennol Lioness.
Located in New York City, Sadigh Gallery is a family-owned business that specializes in the handling and selling of ancient art works and coins from all over the world. The gallery focuses on giving their customers affordable ancient antiquities with their friendly and down-to-earth service. To learn more about antiquities, visit this site.