Oil Painting

Oil painting by Robert Julius Beyschlag
I have a very curious oil painting, possibly by Beyschlag. It has stumped people whether it is an original of the "Woodland Vows" painting, or a very clever chromolithograph. It is masterfully done. More

Beeirette Violin (1670)

A recently discovered violin possibly related to the 1716 Stradivarius "Messiah" violin. Original label: Ignatio Beeirette fecit Cremona/1670. More

Sumerian Cone (2450-2375 B.C.)

Sumerian Clay Dedication Nail King Entemena ca 2450-2375 B.C.

Sumerian Clay Dedication Nail King Entemena ca 2450-2375 BC. The pyramids of Egypt were still being built as the scribe's fingers molded and impressed this cone with the timeless marks of his cuneus. This clay cone would adorn the walls of Entemena’s temple to Emesh, the god of Summer and harvest. It would be over 500 years before history would record the story of the tower of Babel, the emmigration of Abraham from the land of Sumeria, and the plagues of Moses against the Pharoah of Egypt. It lay hidden and protected by a tomb of dirt until the French brought it to light before WWI. It is still possible to see the finger and thumb marks of that ancient scribe some 4500 years ago. More

Peseshkef Wand (1962 B.C.)

Pesesh-Kef Wand for Pharoah Senwosret I ca.1962 B.C. "Senwosret I was the second king of the 12th Dynasty of Egypt. Considered by many to officially usher in the 12th Dynasty. This artifact relic is the most sacred of the Egyptian ritual artifacts associated with the "Opening of the Mouth" ceremony. This ceremony was performed by the eldest son of the deceased (Menhuhotep II in this case) to open the mouth of the deceased (his mummy, statue, or image) so that they could speak, eat, see, etc in the afterlife." More