Romano-Celtic - Bronze Chariot Axle Cap
Antiquities - Celtic Iron Age
GBP (£) 600 - 800
EUR (€) 690 - 920
USD ($) 750 - 1,000
Sold for (Inc. premium): £575
Circa 1st century AD. A substantial and attractive Romano-Celtic chariot axle cap, its terminal cast as a characterful female Celtic bust wearing a Phrygian cap; the breasts outlined in 'ropework' pattern; a necklace with pendant (once containing a small 'stone'?) around the neck and the hair in waves to the sides of the face; a cylindrical socket behind to receive an axle stub of about 40mm diameter, with two fixing holes and a pair of suspension loops below. 114mm tall; 70mm long. Complete and very fine. Stable green patination with an old scuff to the left side hair and slightly to left cheek. A modern piece of wire has been inserted through the lower suspension loops to allow the piece to stand for display.
Ex Chris Rudd FPL, 40, 1999 (Â£950).
Cf Bonhams sale number 15941, 15th October 2008, lot 243 for a very similar piece (described therein as a protome).
Friday 19th March 2010 at The Swedenborg Hall 20-21 Bloomsbury WayLondon WC1A 2TH
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