8 June 2004
A ROMAN BRONZE SPOUT
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
In the form of a head of the caracal cat, hollow cast, the back of the head flat with the opening tapering to serve as a pipe, the entire surface of the face with finely incised fur, thicker tufts at the top of the head and surrounding the sides of the face, the elongated pointed ears curving in at their tips, the interior of the ears deeply hollowed, the open mouth serving as the large spout, framed by sharp teeth, the upper row of teeth displayed, the small eyes recessed, the pupils hollowed
6¼ in. (15.9 cm.) high
Sammlung Dr. Arthur Sambon; Emil Hirsch Antiquariat, Munich, 9 May 1914.
Münzen und Medaillen, Basel.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1983.
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