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Lot 0061H
Western Europe, Iberia, Roman Period, ca. 206 BCE to 2nd century CE. An abstract, anthropomorphic leaded bronze figure of a man, cast standing and incised so that he appears to be wearing a floor-length cape with only one arm and his feet peeking out from underneath it, with a rounded head seemingly without hair, a tall, thin body, and his arms at his sides. Further incised lines suggest abstract decorative motifs on the clothing. This statuette would have been placed into a sanctuary or temple - a change that occurred around the beginning of the later Iberian period, as prior to that votive human figures were placed into burials. This indicates a shift in belief systems, perhaps to a religious understanding where humans interacted directly with the gods rather than going through an intermediary like a priest. Bronze figures are particularly associated with the sanctuaries at Despenaperros and El Cerro de los Santos, while other sites had stone figures. Size: 1" W x 4.25" H (2.5 cm x 10.8 cm); 5.05" H (12.8 cm) on included custom stand.

Provenance: private southern California, USA collection, acquired in the 1970s to mid-1980s

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Mottled brown and green patina with light deposits on surface. Nice preservation of details.

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Rare Iberian Leaded Bronze Standing Male Figure

Estimate $2,000 - $3,000Dec 5, 2018
Louisville, CO, USA