16 June 2006
A ROMAN PARCEL GILT SILVER BOX
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
Fashioned from hammered sheet, each side cut out along its base to form the feet at the corners, the lid decorated in high relief with a lion in profile to the left, his right forepaw raised, the details of the mane and musculature finely incised, extensive gilding preserved
3 in. (7.6 cm.) wide
European Private Collection, 1966.
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For a gilt silver box lid of similar scale, ornamented with the heads of sacrificial animals, see p. 13 in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Fall 2000.
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