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    Sale 2174

    Antiquities

    3 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 188

    AN EASTERN ROMAN BASALT LION SPOUT

    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    AN EASTERN ROMAN BASALT LION SPOUT
    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
    The massive architectural fragment with a frontal lion head projecting below a cavetto cornice, with an egg-and-dart border above, the lion with an unruly radiating mane, curling along the sides, the undulating brows with drill holes indicating the fur, the deeply-set eyes with bulging pupils, the rounded bridge of the nose fluted, the nostrils deeply drilled, the wide mouth open through to the back serving as a spout, the teeth and fangs prominent, notched at the bottom left edge
    31¾ in. (80.6 cm.) wide


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    Provenance

    Vienna Private Collector, 1982.