Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 2nd century CE. A beautiful cast-bronze oinochoe, or pouring vessel, displaying a slight-concave base with a concentric circular design, an apple-shaped body with rolled shoulders, a wide, tubular neck, and a flared rim. The sinuous handle conjoins the body to the top of the rim, with a leaf-shaped terminal on the bottom, and a nubbin thumb rest projecting outwards just above the mouth. The golden bronze color of the vessel shines through the dense areas of pale and dark-green patina. This appearance is consistent with the vessel being found in or near a source of moving water - resulting in the golden hues, what is known as river patina. A fantastic vessel replete with gorgeous patina and characteristic Roman style! Size: 3.5" W x 5.1" H (8.9 cm x 13 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 Davis collection, Houston, Texas, USA
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Base has small losses and is stabilized with some new material. Small area of repair to front of rim. Handle reattached with light adhesive residue. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, a few small indentations to body, small nicks and chips to body, base, and rim, and some light discoloration, otherwise excellent. Light earthen deposits as well as lovely green and golden river patina.