Roman bronze incense burner with Europa and bull
Lot 144
A Roman bronze incense burner
Sold for £5,000 (US$ 8,113) inc. premium

Lot Details
Roman bronze incense burner with Europa and bull
A Roman bronze incense burner
Circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D.
Decorated with a marine theme, the body of cylindrical form, with incised bands and attached to the long handle by scrolling motifs, surmounted by a figural group, probably of Europa and the bull, the female figure's right hand resting between the bull's horns, her left on its shoulder, the end of the handle forming the tail of a sea centaur, his right arm raised and left hand on his hip, the forelegs arching, the hooves on an integral rectangular base, 11¾in (29.8cm) long

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Christie's New York, 10 December 2004, lot 605.
    UK private collection, acquired in 1997.
    German private collection, Munich, formed 1980s.

    Literature:
    This type of marine theme is more commonly found on mosaics and sculptural decoration. For example, the Altar of Domitius Ahenobarbus reliefs, Museé de Louvre, LL399; the thiasos marine scene from the mosaic at the baths of Otricoli, Vatican Museum; and the Venus Marine mosaic, at the house of Amphitrite in Bulla Regia, Tunisia.
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