4 June 2015
A BYZANTINE BRONZE AMPHORA
CIRCA 6TH CENTURY A.D.
Of hammered sheet, the cylindrical body on a convex base, with sloping shoulders in two degrees, the inner step with incised herringbone, the neck slightly waisted, the mouth flaring, the rim vertical, with two separately-cast handles in the form of leopards, their fur delineated by punched spots, their mouths agape, the forepaws joined to thick horizontal projections attached to the rim, with stylized duck heads at their outer edges, their hind paws joined to ivy leaf handle-plates
14 ½ in. (36.8 cm.) high
with Jean-Philippe Mariaud de Serres, Paris, 1988.
Acquired by the Cattaui family, Switzerland, prior to 1993.
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H. Smith MacIsaac, "Classical Profiles," in House & Garden, February 1988, p. 164.
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