11 June 2003
This lot is offered without a reserve
THREE ROMAN BRONZE OBJECTS
Circa 1st Century B.C.-2nd Century A.D.
Including a grotesque head with a misshapen face and bald pate with two creases on his forehead, the eyes askew under thick double brows, the details incised, with bulbous cheeks, the exaggerated pointed nose hooked to the left, the large open mouth contorted into a crooked scowl, perforations at the top of the head and behind the proper left ear; a chariot fitting cast with a tapering conical shaft with two incised horizontal bands, an "arm" in back in the form of a human finger with the fingernail delineated, the finial in the form of a draped male bust with stippled short cap-like hair, a single lock at the back of his head, with prominent nose and large ears, his eyes with pupils incised under arching brows, his small mouth with thin lips slightly parted and a bearded pointed chin; and an arching handle terminating below in a bearded head
3½ in. (8.9 cm) long for the first (3)
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