This appliqué could have been attached to a box or a piece of furniture. Ancient Romans has very finely decorated items of everyday use, including jewellery boxes and furniture. In ancient Greek mythology Achelous was the original deity of all water, later being associated with rivers, as he bears the same name as the largest of all rivers in Greece, making him an important deity. He is famous for his battle against Herakles to conquer Deianira, but was defeated by the hero, who married her in his place.
Ancient Roman Bronze Achelous Plaque
A beautifully rendered and finely detailed Ancient Roman bronze appliqué of circular form, depicting the head of the river-god Achelous, with distinctive curly hair, beard, and little horns. The item is mounted on a custom made velvet stand.
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.
|Dimensions||W 8.2 cm|