• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 173

    A ROMAN BONE KNIFE HANDLE

    CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A ROMAN BONE KNIFE HANDLE
    CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.
    In the form of a Thraex gladiator, armed with a visored crested helmet and a short curved dagger (sica), protected by a rectangular shield (parmula), a protective belt, padding along his arm and padding below greaves along his legs, the now-missing blade originally folded into the lower end of the shield
    3¼ in. (8.3 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Private Collection, 1990s.
    Anonymous sale; Gorny & Mosch, 13 December 2003, lot 452.
    with Rupert Wace, London, 2005.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. & MRS. CHARLES W. NEWHALL, III