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.
Roman Bronze Elephant Casket Leg
An extremely rare cast Ancient Roman 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.
Condition: Fine, complete, with patination on the surface.