The remarkable artistic achievements of the Mamluks of Egypt

Just the other day we sold a small bronze coin issued by one of the 14th Century Mamluk rulers of Egypt, Syria and the Levant, pictured below. Inexpensive and similar to countless thousands of examples that were produced by the Mamluk sultans over a period of over 250 years, its simple but satisfying  floral scroll… Read More The remarkable artistic achievements of the Mamluks of Egypt

As the IS “Caliphate” disappears, time to revisit larger issues of the illicit antiquities trade

At the time of this writing the self-styled Caliphate created by Islamic State six years ago in Syria and Iraq has been reduced to little more than a square mile of bombed out rubble. During IS’ heyday much was made in the western press of a supposed systematic trade in antiquities looted by IS operatives… Read More As the IS “Caliphate” disappears, time to revisit larger issues of the illicit antiquities trade

This Week’s Featured Object: Echoes of a Very Different Middle East – Clothing from Iraqi Kurdistan

Our featured object this week hearkens back to a time when the Middle East was quite different demographically than it is today. For more than 400 years, large parts of the Near and Middle East were governed by the expansionist Ottoman Empire. Under the Empire’s authoritarian rule, the many ethnic and religious minorities of the… Read More This Week’s Featured Object: Echoes of a Very Different Middle East – Clothing from Iraqi Kurdistan

Bizarre antiquities-related political feud erupts on Cyprus

Recent news reports out of the City of Paphos, Cyprus describe a clash between the Mayor of Paphos on the one hand and the Cyprus  antiquities department and its local Museum in Paphos on the other, with official pronouncements, competing press conferences and plenty of mudslinging. The Mayor indirectly accuses staff at the Museum and… Read More Bizarre antiquities-related political feud erupts on Cyprus

Ruins of Praetorian Barracks Uncovered in Rome Subway Upgrade

The link below leads to an illustrated article from the Canadian Global News network on the unexpected discovery of a Praetorian Guard barracks in Rome, resulting from the ongoing upgrade to the City’s subway system (opens in a new window or tab). The ruins are impressive for the wall decorations and mosaic floors, and are… Read More Ruins of Praetorian Barracks Uncovered in Rome Subway Upgrade