4 June 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 12,500
Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000
A ROMAN IRON, BRONZE AND GLASS DAGGER
CIRCA LATE 2ND-EARLY 3RD CENTURY A.D.
The rectangular blade bulging slightly at the mid-rib and tapering to a sharp tip, inserted into the separately-cast rectangular bronze hilt, flaring to the knobbed end, composed of two parts secured together by two pins where it joins the blade, each side of the hilt with eight rectangular panels inlaid with red, yellow, blue, green and white millefiori glass squares
11¾ in. (30 cm.) long
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For a bronze pyxis similarly inlaid with millefiori, said to be from Gaul or Belgica, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, see no. 100 in Vermeule, Romans and Barbarians.
Acquired by the current owner in 1980s.
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