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Domestic & Heavenly Godesses

Howard Nowes - 10/02/2019

 

Early history yields powerful evidence of mother goddess cults. Many of the early creation myths depict the creator as female. Although all goddesses can be referred to as mother, not all are maternal.  Beginning with the famous paleolithic Venus found in the Dolni caves of the Czech Republic, in ancient Middle Eastern religions and later in Greece, Rome, and Western Asia, the mother goddess is a symbol of the earth's fertility.

Art for Eternity an interview with antiquities dealer Howard Nowes

The Real Riviera - 12/03/2019


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A Star Wars toy...or a piece of irreplaceable, one-of a-kind ancient art?

Dara Mayers - 08/06/2019

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While value is always subjective, when we see a Star Wars figure go for more than twice as much as an ancient, irreplaceable and beautiful work of art  we are reassured that while the market will always be crazy, at least in our world there are still remarkably powerful, and remarkably affordable, historically significant treasures to be found.

Treasure Hunting and a Big Dividend

Dara Mayers - 09/03/2019

Last week we were flipping through a glorious old catalogue—Helena Rubinstein’s collection of French furniture and decorations—which sold at Parke-Bernet in 1966. In it were a fewantiquities. One, a spectacular Egyptian piece, was familiar. We had seen it, and lusted after it, when it was sold at Sotheby’s in 2015.

Modern aesthetic from deep in the past...

Dara Mayers - 09/12/2019

Pre Columbian Nayarit CoupleLittle is known about the people of ancient West Mexico. They had no written language, and, unlike the Aztecs and Mayans, did not create any large scale art or monumental architecture. Virtually all we know of these cultures comes from their ceramic arts, which were buried in shaft tombs, deep in the earth, preserving them, sometimes remarkably well, for thousands of years.

The sensuous divine

Dara Mayers - 09/20/2019

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Appraising Ethnographic Art

Howard Nowes - 08/01/2017

Ethnographic tribal art is not something new, haphazard, or primitive, it is considered non-western art from peoples who live in villages or tribes and have a hierarchical society based on clans with local chiefs. I am focusing here on African and Oceanic art, not American Indian or Pre Columbia art, each of which needs its own essay to cover. 
“Airport” or  tourist art (souvenirs) is generally of the lowest grade and are uninspired copies made in great quantities and have little to no value. Handicrafts are on this level also. 

The Magic of Ancient Egyptian Ushabtis

Howard Nowes & Dara Mayers - 06/14/2019

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The Beauty of Jamacoaque Ecuador

Dara Mayers - 06/24/2019

Jamacoaque Ecuador CeramicThe Beauty of the Jamacoaque 

The northern coast of Ecuador is renowned for its tranquil beaches and picturesque villages. In the Manabi Province there's a town named Jama, which derives its name from the Jama-Coaque people, who inhabited the densely forested coastal lowlands thousands of years ago. As far back as 500 BC the Jamacoaque were using canoes made of balsa wood to navigate the waters of the Pacific Ocean. They were a powerful and advanced society that established trade routes with Chile and Mexico, and created sophisticated and refined art. The Jamacoaque culture thrived for a thousand years, and left behind a spectacular bounty of art, artifacts and history.

 

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