A ROMAN BRONZE OLPE
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
The ovoid body tapering to an everted flat rim with concentric circles, on a rounded base with concentric rings underneath, the separately-cast handle with raised thumb rest and crane heads where it joins the vessel's rim, terminating below in an acanthus leaf
16 3/8 in. (41.5 cm.) high
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 9 December 1985, lot 110, when acquired by the present owner.