29 April 2010,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 7,500
GBP 7,000 - GBP 9,000
A HELLENISTIC BRONZE ROUNDEL
LATE 2ND CENTURTY B.C.
With a bust of Herakles, head turned to left, eyes recessed, wearing lion skin, the jaw pulled up over his head with fangs framing his face, surmounted by a ketos forming loop for attachment ring, palmette on the left, his clenched fist on the right, tang at the back, mounted
6 1/8 in. (15.5 cm.) diam.
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Acquired at auction in Switzerland, June 2000.
Art of the Ancient World, vol. XII, 2001, no. 45.
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