Hicham Aboutaam, co-proprietor of Phoenix Ancient Art, sells antiques from a variety of different historical time periods. One of these is South Italian, also known as Italiote, during the 4th century B.C.. Pieces were made in Magna Graecia –the coastal regions around Southern Italy on the Tarentine Gulf, colonized exclusively by Greek settlers. In terms of artistic production throughout this period, red figure pottery that was the most famous for its unique and easily distinguishable style. Southern Italian art was produced in Apulia, Campania, Lucania, Paestum, and Sicily
Certainly, it’s always exciting when antiques are discovered and artifacts are unearthed. Recent archeological news reports that in Alexandria, Egypt, divers have been exploring a palace and temple from Cleopatra’s rule that were submerged as a result of earthquakes and tsunamis over 1600 years ago.
This is considered to be one of the richest underwater archeological sites in the world and is certainly worth taking notice of! For enthusiasts, the finds from this excavation will be on display at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute from June 5 to January 2nd in an exhibition titled, “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt.”
Hicham Aboutaam and Ali Aboutaam often add precious gems to their Phoenix Ancient Art collection. These can also be purchased without leaving one’s home, by visiting the company’s online site, e-Tiquities, which shows very clear images so that potential buyers can really get a good idea of what they are purchasing. One such gem is a bronze bracelet with female heads. This antique dates back to 12th-8th century BC and hails from the Mesopotamia. . Like this piece, many of the artifacts found from this time were bronze.
Add a piece from Phoenix Ancient Art to your collection For $14,000 this bracelet from the Aboutaam’s collection could be yours. For an antique collector the price might just be right since it sports very detailed decoration. The bracelet is actually two halves which connect via a hinge so that it easily opens on the wrist. But since the original pin holding together the other side is no longer on the bracelet, that side remains open. Still, it is probably not something that one would wear on a day-to-day basis. For one interested in interesting motifs, this is a good purchase, since it can fascinate you for hours with its butterfly, faces, almond shaped eyes, strong noses, etc.
Monkeys did not exist in the art of Greece, but they can be found in the art of Magna Graecia, the Greek colonies on the southern coast of Italy. The image of the monkey came from Africa during the Ptolemaic period during the rule of Alexander the Great. Most plastic vessels are made in the shape of animal heads–birds, bulls, ducks, deer—or women’s heads, and such vessels as the were used to hold aromatic oils and perfumes. Here is a rare and charming example of a monkey’s head that comes from the Apulia region. This finely-detailed model is made of terracotta with a black glaze and added paint. “It is a remarkable survival and record of the virtuosity of the Greek colonies whose culture spread across the Greek world,” says Hicham Aboutaam, co-owner of Phoenix Ancient Art