13 June 2000
A ROMAN BRONZE BEAKED OINOCHOE
circa 1st century a.d.
The conical body with horizontal shoulders, a cylindrical neck and trough spout, the underside of the hemispherical foot with lathe-turned concentric rings, the high arching handle with a bearded mask emerging from volutes where it joins the shoulders, and a horned lion-griffin where it joins the rim, its fore-paws extended along the rim, the mask and the lion-griffin enhanced with incised details, both with inlaid silver eyes
9½ in. (24.1 cm) high
Antiquities and Islamic Art, Sotheby's, New York, 12 December 1997, lot 133
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For similar examples compare no. 242 in Arce, et al, Los Bronces Romanos en Espa6na, and no. 56 in Williams, The Archeological Collection of the Johns Hopkins University.
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