London, South Kensington
28 April 2004
A PAIR OF ROMAN BRONZE HORSE EYE GUARDS
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C./A.D.
Of rectangular shape, with foliate openwork decoration over the central ovoid dome; and a bronze horse muzzle, with openwork decoration, the upper part with two facing hoplites with raised circular shields, a kneeling figure, possibly a Triton, on the underside, traces of incised and chased detail, with ring attachment loop terminals at each side, circa 1st Century B.C./A.D. or earlier
7 3/8 in. (18.2 cm.) high max. and 9 1/8 in. (23.2 cm.) long respectively (3)
Item one: acquired in the late 1980s/early 1990s, Krefeld.
Item two: sold Hesperia Arts Auction Ltd, New York, Part I, 27 November 1990, lot 15.
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