Roman Bronze Elephant Casket Leg

£ 600.00

An extremely fine and rare Ancient Roman cast bronze casket leg in the form of an elephant’s head with rounded ears and short tusks, a studded band above its brow, its trunk wound around a claw. Casket or chest legs are almost always found detached. They were used for various containers such as capsa, acerra and pyxis, cosmetic and incense jars.

Date: Circa 1st-2nd Century AD
Condition: Fine, complete, with patination on the surface. The item has been mounted on a custom-made stand, ideal for display.
Product Code: RES-19
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In the history of Ancient Rome, war elephants first entered the scene in the 3rd century BC and became famous due to the wars between Carthage and Rome. After the Punic Wars, Romans brought back many elephants and used them in following campaigns. Battle of Thapsus in 46 BC was a last significant use of war elephants in the West. Parthians continued to use war elephants occasionally in battles against the Roman Empire. Due to their size, infantry could not easily stop them and they would send enemy horses into panic.

To learn more about everyday bronze items in the Classical World, visit our relevant post: Everyday Items in the Classical World.

Dimensions W 3.4 x H 3.5 cm

Southern Europe



Reference: For a similar item, The British Museum, item 1896,0518.28.

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