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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 190

    A ROMAN BRONZE STEELYARD WEIGHT

    CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A ROMAN BRONZE STEELYARD WEIGHT
    CIRCA 2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.
    In the form of a bust of a boxer, his torso nude, with muscular shoulders, his head turned to his right, with closely-cropped hair and thin beard over his strong jaw line, the broad nose flattened and creased, the small round eyes inlaid in silver, the suspension hoop now missing from the top of his head, the weight filled with a lead core
    4¼ in. (10.8 cm.) high


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    For a similar example, with broken nose and "cauliflower" ears, see no. 93, p. 83 in Köhne and Ewigleben, eds., Gladiators and Caesars, The Power of Spectacle in Ancient Rome.

    Provenance

    American Private Collection, 1980s.