Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE. A tall cast bronze oinochoe (pouring vessel) with a concentric ring base, a bulbous body, and a rounded shoulder which gracefully tapers to a short, cylindrical neck. The neck broadens into a wide, pinched trefoil spout with a large, lip-like rim that hangs down in a manner that looks almost organic. A delicate, leaf-patterned handle rises from the lower body to the mouth. A mask-like face of a youth wearing a zoomorphic headdress forms an attachment at the base of the handle. The texture of the handle forms a strong contrast to the smooth body of the rest of the vessel. The deep turquoise color of this piece's patina gives it an incredible archaeological surface. Size: 4.5" W x 8.2" H (11.4 cm x 20.8 cm)
Early Roman bronze oinochoe in good condition are rare. Here is an example from Christie's: http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/Lot/a-roman-bronze-trefoil-oinochoe-circa-1st-5747601-details.aspx
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection, acquired before 2000
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