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Lot 0081G
Roman, Imperial Period, possibly from North Africa, ca. 2nd to 3rd century CE. A stunning bronze ewer cast via the lost wax (cire perdue) process that presents an elegant silhouette with a piriform body, a gradually tapering neck that eventually flares to a wide mouth, and a single handle joining rim to shoulder. Finely delineated bas relief iconography adorns the handle and neck - a maskette of a horned Faun (Roman counterpart to Greek Satyr) on the lower end of the handle with a few supplementary decorations delineated on the section above - and a marvelous register of birds, cranes, and flowers (some of the avian creatures actually pollinating the blossoms) embellishing the lower neck. On the base are a series of concentric incised rings. Also contributing to the piece's undeniable beauty is the rich green patina that the bronze has attained over time. Size: 4.75" W at widest point x 7.875" H (12.1 cm x 20 cm)

We believe that this vessel was probably created in North Africa where this type of raised work (Terra Sigilata) was used to decorate terracotta vessels as well.

Provenance: private Davis Collection, Houston, Texas, USA

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Expected surface wear with areas of earthen encrustation visible on interior. Vessel body shows minor dents to surface that add character to the piece, and the brilliant patina casts a lustrous glow of deep greens and russet hues across the surface. Faun maskette, band of birds and flowers, and decorative/iconographic elements on the handle show normal wear but most imagery - especially the avian/floral register and faun maskette - is quite discernible.

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Rare and Wonderful Roman Bronze Ewer

Estimate $4,500 - $6,500
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