A WELL DEFINED CAST IRON FIRE BACK WITH DOUBLE HEADED EAGLE DECORATION. The symbolism is of the Byzantine, the first Christian Church, founded by the Roman Emperor Constantine in Constantinople, looking to East and West. Flemish 18th century.
AN ETRUSCAN CARNELIAN SCARAB AND GOLD FINGER RING CIRCA LATE 5TH CENTURY B.C. The large beetle with a crosshatched plinth, well-defined legs and head, a hatched border to the thorax, and outlined elytra with corner V winglets, the underside engraved with Bellerophon and the Chimaera, the hero riding the winged horse Pegasus, a spear in his raised hand, the horse with a ring of beads around its neck, the Chimaera in the form of a lion with its head turned back,
Archaeological excavations in the Central Anatolian province of Konya’s Çatalhöyük, headed by Professor Ian Hadder, have unearthed a well-preserved female figurine from the Neolithic era of 8,000-8,500 B.C.