6 December 2007
A ROMAN MARBLE DOUBLE-SIDED OSCILLUM
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
Sculpted in relief, the obverse preserving a mask of a satyr, with a long flowing beard and overhanging mustache curled at the ends, the thick locks curving forward at the top of his forehead, with a long pointed ear and high tapering horns, one in low relief, the ridged brow overhanging his bulging eyes, a raised border to his left, originally facing another mask, likely a maenad; the reverse with a griffin in low relief in profile to the right, with curving beak, long beard and rayed mane, the wings outstretched behind, with a plain border along the top and right edge, drilled in two places for suspension
7½ in. (19.1 cm.) wide
Axel Guttmann, Berlin, (1970s); Hermann Historica, Munich, 15 May 2003, lot 122.
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For a similar example from Pompeii see no. 71 in Ward-Perkins and Claridge, Pompeii AD 79.
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