7 December 2000
A ROMAN BRONZE BASIN
Circa 1st Century A.D.
The hammered shallow vessel with rounded ends in the form of two reversed U's which curve inward and meet at a point under the handle terminals, one end slightly broader, on a ring foot, the cast terminals each in the form of two outward facing dolphin heads, details incised, with a raised collar at the neck to which the handle was attached, a large oak leaf in between
145/8 in. (37.1 cm) long
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For a similar basin with duck head terminals in the National Museum in Naples, see no. 103, pl. 209 in Stefanelli, Il Bronzo dei Romani.
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