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Ancient Civilizations

This beautiful dagger is a gift to a performer of the role of Othello, in Paris around 1860/70.

A presentation dagger

Ivory plaque carved in relief. Human headed winged sphinx wearing conical cap. One forepaw on a lotus bud, the other on a sacred tree. Tenon protruding from base. Phoenician - Nimrud.

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Saber with Scabbard and Carrying Belt Date: early 17th century Culture: Polish Medium: Steel, partly etched and gilt; gilt-silver, leather, wood, textile, semiprecious stones

This wall hanging relief is reproduced after a 12 foot original (692 AD) from the Temple of Inscriptions, Palenque found by the archaeologist Albert Lluillier in 1952. According to Mayan legend, the symbolism of the lid shows King Pacal falling into the jaws of the Earth monster each night to rise again with the power of the sun each morning.

Rare Japanese revolving three barreled matchlock pistol. Barrels are silver inlaid with the Shimazu family crest.