Archive for May, 2009

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Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
Roman Silver Spoon/4th-5th Century

Roman Silver Spoon/4th-5th Century

Just when you thought there could be nothing new in the world of ancient art, Phoenix Ancient Art, the renown gallery for rare and exquisite artifacts of the ancient world, brings to our hi-tech sensibilities instant access to the greatest and most beautiful expressions of by-gone cultures, via the internet.

Click over to e-tiquities, the innovative web-site initiated by Hicham and Ali Aboutaam, co-owners of Phoenix. Now you can join the world of ancient civilizations with just the pressing of a key on your keyboard.

Admire the huge variety of works, spanning time as long ago as the 6th millennium B.C.E. progressing to the 14th century A.D. The geographic spread is just as wide, with most objects coming from the great civilizations which flourished in the Mediterranean Basin and reaching west to the Iberian Peninsula and extending out to the Indus Valley in the east.

The internet together with Phoenix Ancient Art have expanded the reach of just about anyone so that they can be an active player in the world of collecting, admiring and being inspired by the rare and wonderful world of ancient art and antiquities.

Ancient Art is More Than Just ‘Old’

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Here we are, going on and on about antiquities and ancient art without having defined what it is that we mean by these terms. Interestingly this term does not have a precise definition, and what is “ancient” to one person may just be “old” to someone else. After all, it is not uncommon to refer to many apartments in New York City, or old people, or anything out of style as “ancient.” But of course the word really means much older than merely “old.” All kidding aside, what is the definition of antiquities?

Curiously, the date for what constitutes an object as “ancient” keeps getting pushed back in time.  For instance, in the 18th century something “Gothic” would have been considered “ancient art” although it may have only been 400-600 years old, whereas nowadays that same object, which is now actually 200-300 years older, is not considered to be “ancient” at all.

The “Departmant of Antiquities” at Christie’s Auction House includes artifacts from “the dawn of civilization” until the “Dark Ages.” The Dark Ages referring to the European Middle Ages beginning with the fall of the Roman Empire in the early 5th century and lasting until the 12th century. Later than that and your art object is merely “old.”

Academics tend not to use the term due to its lack of precision. It is best to describe each individual object according to its date and place of origin. The term ‘antiquities’ may be imprecise, but we can all agree they are fascinating and worth our appreciation.