Ancient Phoenician Solid Gold Sailing Vessel with Sailors Handling Rope

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Seller: randall3563 (860) 100%, Location: Auburn, California, Ships to: US & many other countries, Item: 202437473874 The Levant ca. 1000 BC 7cm Long 12.8 Grams Attractive high carat solid gold miniature Phoenician ocean going vessel with two sailors seated inside handling a coiled rope. A hippocampus head makes up the prow of the vessel with the tail of the beast protruding aft. The sides of the vessel show shields attached with oars extending from underneath them. If a mast and sail were also present it would be a close representation of Phoenician ship known as a hippoi. The rails of the vessel and its distinctive keel (a Phoenician discovery that allowed for ocean travel) are highlighted by soldered gold chain. There are some curious symbols barely visible to the eye on both sides of the ship between the shields and oars that seem like letters of the ancient Phoenician alphabet but that is just a guess on my part. This piece was likely a valuable votive vessel that belonged to a wealthy trader/merchant. This special piece of history has a nice solid feel to it and truly wonderful gold toning. This is a very special example of ancient artwork. -------------------------- California Sales Tax is charged on all sales made within or shipped within the State of California. The only exception is for holders of a valid California State Resellers Permit, a copy of which must be made available to me in order to be exempt from the tax.California Sales Tax is not charged by me on out-of-state sales or international sales. International sales are processed through ebay's Global Shipping Program which handles all pertinent duties, fees and value added taxes. -------------------------- See my website for more interesting antiquities, antiques, historical collectibles, fossils, art, coins, jewelry and colored gemstones. Please contact me if you want to see an item listed on eBay. Condition: Intact...Some dents and earthen deposits

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