Phoenix Ancient Art: Winged griffin flanking a sacred tree, Phoenician, ca. 8th century B.C., ivory, H 10.6 cm
“As for the fascination, in addition to aesthetics it has great deal to do with the perception that Near Eastern art is very, very old, older in fact than every other form of art. This belief, according to Hicham Aboutaam, co-owner of‘ Phoenix Ancient Art in New York and Geneva, exists because most of the sites from the ancient Near East that we know of today were referred to in the Old Testament—Ur, Sumer, Babylon, Nineveh, not to mention kings such as Nebuchadnezzar. Because the Old Testament is so very old, we consider art from that period as very old as well.’ Aboutaam points out that this perception that is not, in fact, correct. Cycladic art is older, and Egyptian culture older still.”
Amy Page, “Neolithic to Nebuchadnazzer,” Art & Antiques, November, 2010
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.”
This beautiful Mycenaean Stirrup Jar is a great example of Early Greek antiques. Available through Phoenix Ancient Art with Ali Aboutaam and Hicham Aboutaam, this jar has a body that is highlighted with a carefully painted lozenge chain. The round profile is accentuated with the horizontal bands of lines.
Jars of this sort were first produced in Crete at the end of the Middle Minoan Period from 1700-1550 B.C. This pottery type is quite unusual and has a false spout that is capped with a clay disk. While it looks like the liquid pours from here, it actually pours from a spout on the shoulder of the vase.
This type of design was intended to create easy transport. The false spout made it easy to carry the jar, while the narrow neck where the actual spout is allowed the user to easily control the flow of liquid.
The brother team that makes Phoenix Ancient Art, Ali Aboutaam and Hicham Aboutaam, believes that collecting antiquities is more than just a hobby or even a financial investment option, but that the collector acquires a personal connection to the objects. Articles that have existed through the ages are more than mere items of beauty for they carry with them tremendous worth as testimony to ages gone by.
Antiquities have always served as an inspiration to writers, artists and others. This art connects us to the past cultures in which we can find the roots of our civilizations. When you collect antiquities you also connect to the past and the ancestors and fathers of modern society.
Phoenix Ancient Art, founded by S. Aboutaam, and now under the management of his sons, Ali Aboutaam and Hicham Aboutaam, ensures that their clients always sense the history, culture and beauty contained within each piece that is exhibited and sold by Phoenix and the Aboutaam brothers.
Have you always wanted to peruse the world of antiquities, but without leaving your house? Beginning on May 1st, 2009 all you need is a computer with internet to travel back to the art of ancient cultures and contemplate adding an artifact to either your already existing collection, or to begin a collection of your own.
Phoenix Ancient Art offers antiquities for sale or auction both on-line or in-person which were created as long ago as the 6th millennium BCE from cultures located in the areas surrounding and including the Mediterranean Basin such as but not limited to Greece, Rome, Egypt, Byzantium and the world of Islam.
No need to worry about the authenticity of an object, or overpaying. Over the years Phoenix Ancient Art has developed an impeccable reputation for honesty, and this reputation will be passed on to all purchases made on-line.
Alexander Gherardi, president of e-tiquities, explains how e-tiquities simplifies entrance into the world of collecting antiquities:
“Many people are intimidated by the thought of purchasing antiquities. They fear buying something that is inauthentic, illegally acquired or overpriced. E-tiquities.com eliminates this anxiety. Our researchers have worked to make e-tiquities an educational site as well as an accessible way to collect elegant, guaranteed authentic antiquities. It is truly an innovation in the field.”
If you find yourself in Geneva, then you have to take the time to visit Phoenix Ancient Art’s gallery in the Old Town at 6 rue Verdaine. (If you live in New York then you can also visit Phoenix in NewYork City, but it is always worthwhile to take in the display in Geneva even if you are a regular at the New York gallery.)
Phoenix Ancient Art, managed by Hicham Aboutaam and his brother Ali, is a world leader in the antiquities field. As leading galleries with tremendous displays on all the ancient cultures and civilizations, Phoenix and Aboutaam have the opportunity of dealing with thousands of years of human history and civilization. Whether you are a first time visitor with no background in ancient art, or whether you are a seasoned professional, Phoenix Ancient will wow you and teach you something about the ancient world. Phoenix Ancient Art and Hicham Aboutaam are top art dealers who specialize in antiquities, and in fact, they are considered the world leaders in antiquity art dealership.
Investing in antiquities offers investors to diversify beyond stocks, bonds and real estate.
Rare objects from ancient civilizations allow collectors to own a piece of history.
View a brief tour of Hicham Aboutaam’s, co-founder of Phoenix Ancient Art, Manhattan Gallery.
Hicham Aboutaam’s brother Ali Aboutaam manages the Phoenix Ancient Art gallery in Geneva, Switzerland.
Hicham Aboutaam manages Phoenix Ancient Art’s New York gallery, at 47E. 66th Street. Here you will find exceptional antiquities that represent over 7,000 years of our existence, spanning the expanses of the Neolithic Period of the 6th Millennium B.C.E. through to the 14th Century C.E.
The display of each item by Aboutaam in his gallery is unique, and you will find the works of art displayed against settings of simplicity and elegance. Thus, the object on display takes possession of its space and speak for itself. This also allows collectors and the general public to solely focus on each individual artefact.
Hicham and Ali have taken over their father’s business, and they have made great leaps forwards since assuming the reigns of Phoenix Ancient Art.
Phoenix Ancient Art (formally incorporated in 1995) is a 2nd generation Ancient Art business run by the Aboutaam family. Founded in 1968 by the late S. Aboutaam, growing from a private gallery only offering private showings, to a major antiquities house that opened its doors to the public and to great successes. Ali and Hicham Aboutaam, S. Aboutaam’s sons, grew up breathing the the antiquities trade, and it was only natural that they would take over the business. In 1998 they stepped into their father’s shoes, and Hicham Aboutaam and his team manage the New York City gallery, while Ali manages the Geneva gallery.