Phoenix Ancient Art Unveiling Statue of Leto Holding Apollo & Artemis

Phoenix Ancient Art, a premier gallery specializing in Classical Antiquities and owned by brothers Hicham Aboutaam and Ali Aboutaam, will exhibit in the Biennale des Antiquaires in Paris.  This magnificent event will take place at the Grand Palais from September 15-22, 2010 and will display the finest works of art on the market today.

Phoenix Ancient Art will unveil masterworks including a Statue of Leto Holding Apollo and Artemis.  This statue from the Roman Imperial Period,  2nd century A.D..  stands 98 centimeters high and is is carved in the round from a single piece of fine-grained marble.  The group is almost completely intact and it resembles a Greek original dating from the 5th century B.C.

Hicham Aboutaam and South Arabian Art History

The South Arabian people (more commonly known as the Sabaeans), resided in the south west portion of the Arabian Peninsula , the place we know today as Yemen.    They have been  linked to the biblical kingdom of Sheba.  Ma’rib, the capital of the ancient Sabaean Kingdom,  was conquered in the late 3rd century by the Himyarites.  There were various different regional kingdoms belonging to the Sabaeans throughout ancient Yemen and all were active in the spice trade, with a special emphasis on myrrh and frankincense.   The best known South Arabian art is their distinctive sculpture. .  They were very often carved in alabaster, and some of these are sold by Hicham Aboutaam at Phoenix Ancient Art.  Currently on sale in this collection is a South Arabian Stone Head for $8,500.

Understanding Greek Culture Through Antiques

One way of understanding ancient Greek culture and history  is by taking a look at the artwork from the time.  Pottery from ancient Greece has helped many people form a basic understanding  of the place, people and culture.  Indeed, it has been said that such pottery “paints a portrait of the world of ancient Greece.”  At Phoenix Ancient Art, Hicham Aboutaam has a few impressive pieces from this time on sale,  including a core-formed glass Amphoriskos priced at $6,500,  which probably at the time contained some kind of perfume.  From this piece one can learn a bit about the history of antiques in general, since the practice of using  finely produced glass vessels for valuable commodities  started in the late Bronze Age and was later revived in Mesopotamia in the early Iron Age.

Hicham Aboutaam and Hellnistic Antiquities

The Aboutaams, brothers Hicham and Ali, sell antiquities from various historical eras including the Hellenistic period which started in 323 (following Alexander the Great’s death) and lasted until 31 BC (with the battle of Actium).  During this period, culture became richer throughout the world and Greek mythology and thought were prominent through the Middle East and Mediterranean Sea.   From the Hellenistic collection at Phoenix Ancient Art, Hicham Aboutaam sold a blue and yellow core formed glass Amphoriskos with a small flat base, long elegant neck, and tiny decorative horizontal handles. The glass is cobalt blue, with threads of yellow in feathered patterns ornamenting the body.  These types of vessels were crafted by trailing decorative threads of molten glass over a core of sand, mud or clay, forming a vase.