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Post by abstract toad August 14th 2018, 4:54 pm

Not sure I am in the right forum for this, but will give it a go regardless and hopefully someone out there can advise as to when this may date to & where it comes from.


This piece belongs to a lovely old lady that volunteers (alongside myself) in a local charity shop.
She cannot remember when or where her (deceased) husband bought it. They travelled extensively when younger and spent many years overseas in different places. I cannot tell her anything about it at all, other than the fact that I agree with her regarding its age, it does feel & look very old.
My partner believes it to be Greek.
It is very heavy, possibly marble, but from little I know I do not think it is, it is not that cool to touch, which I believe marble should be.
Anything anyone can offer regarding when & where it may have been made will be very welcome. Many thanks.

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Post by abstract toad August 14th 2018, 4:56 pm

Some images of the base & the script to the display side.

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Post by NaomiM August 14th 2018, 5:40 pm

Best guess is marble or onyx and Ancient Greek alphabet, but it looks a bit too clean to be ancient. Maybe from the Grand Tour?

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Post by NaomiM August 14th 2018, 5:41 pm

If you’re on Facebook you could try asking on the Ancient Arts group

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Post by abstract toad August 14th 2018, 7:09 pm

Thank you Naomi, that's grand Laughter , I know, that was poor.

I've emailed some auction houses to get as many opinions as possible, so will see what comes of that.
Difficult to be accurate, as people really need to see it in the flesh, like with anything really.


No facebook for me, I am definitely not joining it, but thank you for the heads up & your thoughts, really appreciated.
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Post by dantheman August 14th 2018, 8:24 pm

why put it on facebook? There's no face!

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Post by abstract toad August 15th 2018, 11:21 am

Doh! Oh Dan Laughter
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Post by dantheman August 15th 2018, 12:17 pm

I'm here all week

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Post by tenpot August 15th 2018, 4:28 pm

could be alabaster
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Post by ppcollectables August 16th 2018, 10:09 am

I thought alabaster too.
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Post by abstract toad September 19th 2018, 1:11 pm

Just to update, the lady in question has since had this examined by various experts and the conclusion is that it dates 400 bc.
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Post by NaomiM September 19th 2018, 5:55 pm

Nice! Most Excellent

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