ANCIENT ROMAN BRONZE ACHELOUS PLAQUE

£6,500.00

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.

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