Bonhams antiquities auction

Bonhams are having an auction of antiquities - a couple of unusual items caught my eye:


Lot No: 251

A large South Arabian alabaster ibex fixture
Circa 1st Century B.C./A.D.
Carved from a block of stone, the roughly hewn back and base forming a thick raised border, the ibex standing on short chunky legs with thick hooves, the broad arching horns curled underneath, with small pointed ears, the long face with large domed eyes and a thick stylised beard under the chin, 16¾ x 11 x 5in (42.6 x 28 x 12.7cm), mounted

Estimate: £20,000 - 30,000


Lot No: 298

A Roman athlete's ablution set
Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.
Consisting of a glass aryballos with folded collar rim, the short neck with two thick applied handles complete with bronze suspension loops and double loop-in-loop chain with a bronze oil flask stopper attached, the body of typical spherical form, 2¾in (7cm) high; accompanied by a bronze strigil, with concave slender curving blade, the fluted loop handle with ribbed suspension ring and hook, 5½in (14cm) high, excluding the suspension loop, mounted (2)

Estimate: £4,000 - 6,000