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Roman Ewer Handle with Faunus

Antiquities - Roman


LOT 0160

Estimate
GBP (£) 500 - 700
EUR (€) 560 - 790
USD ($) 670 - 940
Additional Fees*

Opening Bid: £500 (EUR 563; USD 675)
ROMAN EWER HANDLE WITH FAUNUS
1st-2nd century AD

A bronze handle with mask; the bow lentoid in section with D-shaped lower plate, ribbed collar; the figural plaque hollow-formed with mask of Faunus(?) modelled in the half-round with luxuriant curly hair, large eyes, goat's ears, short ribbed beard below with knop finial; mounted on a custom-made stand. 244 grams, 14.5cm including stand (5 3/4").

Condition
Very fine condition.

Provenance
Property of an Essex collector; acquired on the European art market.

Literature
See Rolland, H. Bronzes Antiques de Haute Provence, Paris, 1965, items 290, 291, 292 for type.

Footnotes
Faunus was the old Italic god of nature and the protector of shepherds. His title Innus means 'the most fruitful', and this relates to his powers of fertility. As well as a god of nature he also had oracular powers which involved the interpretation of noises from woodland, as well as reveal the future through dreams and voices in sacred groves. The majority of his temples were in rural settings but he also had a temple on Tiber Island in Rome with his main festival being held on December 5.

Date
Monday 27th February 2017 :
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