The figure portrays a Roman god, possibly Jupiter or Neptune. Appliqués, such as this fine example, would have been mounted on a piece of furniture or a jewellery box. It was a custom for the Ancient Romans, especially the wealthy, to have highly decorated everyday life objects, such as jewellery boxes or toiletries tables. The subjects could vary between portraits of women, to depictions of gods or natural elements or animals.
Roman Bronze Applique
A fine cast bronze applique, modelled in the shape of a bearded male figure. The figure is portrayed turning his head slightly to the left and wearing a fillet or headband. Facial features are naturalistically rendered, with much attention given towards details. Such applique would have been attached, by the eroded stub to the reverse, to a larger vessel or casket.
Provenance: From a private UK collection, found in the area of Oxfordshire/Berkshire/Hampshire during the 1980’s and 1990’s. The artefact has been excavated in the UK, requiring an export licence for international purchase. The application will be arranged by the seller, at no additional charges for the buyer. The item can only be shipped after the licence has been obtained, this may take up to six weeks.
Condition: Extremely fine.