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    Sale 2007

    Antiquities

    4 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 253

    A ROMAN BRONZE OINOCHOE

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A ROMAN BRONZE OINOCHOE
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
    The globular body on a flat pad base, with lathe-turned rings around the foot, on the underside of the base and around the shoulders, the high-arching ribbed handle terminating below in a lion's paw on an oval handle-plate decorated with tendrils and berries, the edges beaded, the upper end with a well-modelled frontal-facing lion's head, a stylized ox skull in its mouth, the ends expanding to rotellae, the lion's eyes and the rotellae with silver overlay
    7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm.) high


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    For the type see no. 464, p. 330 in Comstock and Vermeule, Greek, Etruscan & Roman Bronzes in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

    Provenance

    Belgian Private Collection, prior to 1974.