• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 68

    A PAIR OF ROMAN BRONZE EAGLES

    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A PAIR OF ROMAN BRONZE EAGLES
    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
    Of similar form, standing with wings outstretched, their powerful bodies and legs with incised overlapping feathers, their heads arching forwards and to the right, their tails extending at the back with raised rectangular tangs and small holes in the centre of their backs for attachment, perhaps to furniture or a chariot, one with large talons spread on a curved integral rectangular base, pierced at either end, a bronze rivet remaining
    10¼ in. (26 cm.) max. diam, mounted (2)


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    Provenance

    Formerly in a European private collection since 1966.