Collecting Ancient Coptic / Byzantine Textiles

The colorful textile above is a fragment from a Coptic Egyptian ecclesiastical garment depicting saints and biblical figures and dating to the 7th Century AD, now in The British Museum. Thanks to exceptionally dry conditions, many types of artifacts made from perishable materials that would not survive elsewhere are common finds on Egyptian archaeological sites.… Read More Collecting Ancient Coptic / Byzantine Textiles

CONSULTING SERVICES: AUTHENTICATING AND IDENTIFYING ANTIQUITIES

Education, authentication and identification are the key elements in building a collection of ancient art. We at Clio Ancient Art are often contacted by private owners, art museums and estate executors wishing to identify objects and learn if the they are genuine ancient artifacts, reproductions, fakes, forgeries, or tourist trinkets. As a service to antiquities… Read More CONSULTING SERVICES: AUTHENTICATING AND IDENTIFYING ANTIQUITIES

Roman Bronze Brooches Revisited: Zoomorphic Types

http://www.clioancientart.com/catalog/i475.html In a blog post dated August 20 of last year we reviewed some examples of Roman bronze fibulae (brooches), a ubiquitous find both in controlled excavations and by metal detectorists. In this post we’d like to elaborate on the topic, focusing on zoomorphic brooch types. The example pictured above, a horse brooch dating to… Read More Roman Bronze Brooches Revisited: Zoomorphic Types