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A Roman Bronze Lion Handle, ca 2nd century AD

RB104

In the form of the face of a lion cast in high relief, holding a ring in the gaping jaws, with protruding tongue, incised whiskers and fur, and radiating mane. Pierced for attachment in three places.

Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall, facial features being very readable. Heavier patination on the attachment areas with traces of iron nails. Museum-quality custom mount.

Dimensions:  Diameter: 11.43cm (4 1/2in); Ring Diameter: 8.26cm (3 1/4in); Height with Stand: 17.78cm (7in).

Provenance:  Private Californian collection, acquired from a London auction house in the 1960's
 


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