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A Roman Bronze Lion Head Whetstone Handle, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE

RB1809

$995 USD

Comprising of a hollow bronze cylinder terminating in a lion's head protome, the snarling face rendered naturalistically with fangs bared, framed by the stylized mane. The rim pierced for suspension or attachment.

Zoomorphic whetstone handles have been seen in antiquity going back to the 11th Century BC. They vary widely in form and style, ranging from naturalistic depictions to stylized renderings of many different animals.

Dimensions: Length: 1 3/4 inches (4.44 cm)

Condition: Intact and in good condition overall. Custom mounted.

Provenance: Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Feuer, NY., acquired 1970s - 1980s. Ex. Zaddock, Jerusalem.