Phoenix Ancient Art second-generation family business

Phoenix Ancient Art, … 1995, it is now a second-generation family business that continues today under the leadership of Hicham Aboutaam and Ali Aboutaam.

Bastet the Goddess at Phoenix Ancient Art

Brothers Ali Aboutaam and Hicham Aboutaam co-own Phoenix Ancient Art, a collection of beautiful and rare antiques. Amongst their selection is an ancient Egyptian amulet in the shape of the goddess Bastet from the 3rd Intermediary Period, circa 8th-7th Century B.C. Standing almost 6 cm tall, this figurine is very delicate. Despite its fragility, the amulet is in amazing condition; it is completely intact, and still retains its original bright blue color. The figure is shaped as the human body of a thin woman with a feline head.

Bastet is the more gentle personification of the dangerous goddess Sekhmet, who appears as both a cat and a lion in Egyptian tradition. Figurines of Sekhmet have the rounded ears of a lion, while those of Bastet feature the pointed ears of a cat.

Bastet was believed to be the patron of the doctors, and protector of women and children during childbirth.

Antique Helmet Sells for Vast Sum

Antiques certainly never go out of style.  In recent news, a detailed Roman parade helmet sold at Christie’s auction house in London for 2.28 million pounds ($3.6 million). Estimates had been set at 200,000 to 300,000 pounds.

Christie’s described the helmet as an “extraordinary example of Roman metalwork at its zenith” and dated it to the late 1st or 2nd century A.D.  The helmet has been named the Crosby Garrett Helmet for the village where it was found, near the Scottish border.

Certainly, this is one exciting example of how precious and valuable antiques are to many people today.  Companies like Phoenix Ancient Art with Hicham Aboutaam and Ali Aboutaam understand the value of an item of this sort, and antique appreciation is growing in the general population as well.