Appliqués, such as this fine example, would have been mounted on a piece of furniture or a jewellery box. It was a custom for the Ancient Romans, especially the wealthy, to have highly decorated everyday life objects, such as jewellery boxes or toiletries tables. The subjects could vary between portraits of women, to depictions of gods or natural elements or animals.
Roman Bronze Applique
A finely modelled Ancient Roman cast bronze applique of a female figure, possibly a goddess, depicted wearing a finely detailed peplos. Her eyes are incised with pupils and her hair is tied back in a low bun, called nodus, following the fashion set by Livia, wife of the emperor Augustu, and later by Faustina Minor, wife of Marcus Aurelius.
Condition: Very fine, intact, deep patina over all surfaces. Traces of iron on the back from being mounted.