ANCIENT ROMAN BRONZE ACHELOUS PLAQUE
Measurements: 8.2 cm - diameter
Description: Bronze applique of circular form, depicting the head of the river-god Achelous, with distinctive curly hair, beard, and little horns. Achelous was the deity of the river, bearing the same name and largest of all rivers in Greece – making him an important deity. He is famous for his battle with Herakles for Deianira, but was defeated. Item is mounted on a custom velvet stand.
Period: 1st century AD
Provenance: Formerly part of the collection of Lord McAlpine.
Sotheby's, A Cabinet of Curiosities: the Property of The Lord McAlpine of West Green, London, 17th February 1994, no. 85.
Condition: Very fine. Vivid detailing still visible and bronze in excellent condition.