26 - 27 October 2004
"... so the Athenians voted him (the mule) the same honours as to an athlete, free meals for life."
A ROMAN BRONZE BALSAMARIUM IN THE FORM OF A BEAR
2ND-3RD CENTURY A.D.
Standing on hind-legs with large hanging forepaws, the snarling jaw with bared teeth in form of spout, furrowed brow, incised details of pelt, with aperture at back of neck for hinged lid (now missing), traces of suspension loop on each shoulder, mounted
4 3/8 in. (11 cm.) high
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Animali nel mondo antico, Atelier Amphora, Lugano, 23 October-24 December 1992.
Exhibition catalogue, Animali nel mondo antico, Lugano, 1992 (cover illustration); Animals, 1996, III, no. 134 (front cover); and Noah's Ark, 1997, no. 78.
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