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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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#132991

Condition

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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$2,500.00

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Rare and Wonderful Roman Bronze Ewer

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Estimate $4,500 - $6,500
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