A ROMAN SILVER PATERA
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
The deep bowl lathe-turned, with concentric rings on the underside, the interior of the rim rounded, a single groove below; the handle with curving arms merging with the rim in the form of birds facing in, their tail feathers extending along the edge, the upper surface of the flat waisted handle finely engraved, with two voluted tendrils emerging from the birds' mouths and meeting at the base of a long shaft, with a blossom at each end, issuing stippled vines and berry clusters, centered by a knotted fillet, the ties flowing down, the rounded terminal with two facing griffin heads, with downturned open beaks and flowing beards, a rosette in between
6¾ in. (17.1 cm.) long; 238.9 gr.