A lot of the ancient civilisations that have left us the most remarkable artefacts are found in the Mediterranean and in Asia. Not only was this area the ‘birthplace of civilisation’ but drier conditions allowed items to be beautifully preserved for millennia. However, there’s another well-known civilisation slightly closer to Pax Romana’s London home. Characterised for their violent invasions and pillaging, the Vikings were … Read More Viking Artefacts – A Collecting Guide to Jewellery and Weaponry from the Viking Era
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Classical Marble Statues are perhaps some of the most iconic artefacts from Classical Antiquity. They range from staggering full body pieces to tiny fascinating fragments. Their beauty and recognisable nature means they are some of the most sought-after pieces in auctions across the world. Even better, this means they don’t tend to lose value. Once they were out of reach for mid range buyers … Read More Classical Marble Statues – A Complete Guide to Greek and Roman Marbles
When you think of Ancient Egyptian Artefacts your first thought is likely to be Tutankhamun’s death mask or great Sarcophagus. However, some of the most common pieces are small amulets that were placed in burials or carried around in everyday life. In this article we run you through the study of these amulets and the different types to look out for. What are Amulets? … Read More Ancient Egyptian Amulets – A Complete Guide
If you read any literature about ancient history, you’ll often hear of the Indus Valley Civilisation as one of the first of the world civilisations. It’s intrigued historians for generations and has been the focus of various books and documentaries. However, today we want to demystify some of the frequently answered questions about this civilisation as well as give you a guide to the … Read More Indus Valley Civilisation – What is the Indus Valley Civilisation? Can I collect their art?
When you’re in a museum or glance at an antiquities catalogue the descriptions for Greek pottery can be confusing. What is an Oinochoe or a Krater? Do you know your Daunian from your South Apulian? Here at Pax Romana we want to guide you through some of the different types of Greek pots and some of the common terms that you might need defining. … Read More What are the Different Types of Greek Pots? – From Amphora to Skyphos
The Islamic worlds of the late ancient and medieval periods are complex and fascinating. Long ignored by western scholarship, an appreciation is growing around their importance and impressive histories. One of these civilisations is the Seljuk Empire. In this article we want to let you know more about who they are and what makes their art so recognisable. Brief History of the Seljuk Empire … Read More Who were the Seljuk Empire? A Guide to their History and Art
Here at Pax Romana we sell history from across the globe. However, our speciality lies in classical antiquities. Having already touched on this period in our Collecting Roman Art Guide, we thought we’d turn to Egypt. There are many fantastic pieces of history that have come out of Ancient Egypt. It’s no wonder for centuries there has been a great interest in collecting Egyptian … Read More Collecting Egyptian Antiquities – A Complete Guide and What to Look Out for.
One of our biggest periods of interest here at Pax Romana is that of Ancient Rome – and it’s no surprise! The Romans left us many beautiful and well-preserved artefacts from all of Europe. In this article we’re giving you an introductory Roman Art Collecting Guide to help you on your antiquities journey! What do we class as ‘Roman Art’? Simply put, Roman art … Read More How to Buy Roman Art and Artefacts – A Complete Collecting Guide
Antiquities are not just from ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt but can come all over the world. As the Roman Empire rose and fell, the Kushan Empire in Gandhara was flourishing in what is modern day Pakistan. The art that was created in this period has long been praised for its unique style and bold designs. Taking influence from a variety of different cultures, … Read More What is Gandhara Art? – A Straight Forward Guide to Collecting Gandhara Art and its History