A Roman bronze amphora

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Lot 138*
A Roman bronze amphora

Sold for £ 6,937 (US$ 8,763) inc. premium
A Roman bronze amphora
Circa 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D.
With twin applied handles, each cast in relief with an acanthus leaf, terminating in a bust of winged Nike, peplos-clad and plump-faced, with double bands of incised lines beneath the flat rim, concentric rings in relief on the underside of the foot, 26cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Elsa Bloch-Diener collection, Bern, acquired between 1968 and 1983.
    Collection of Elsa Bloch-Diener: Antic Art and Pre Columbian Art; Stuker, Bern, 30 May 2018, lot 702.
    Private collection, Switzerland, acquired at the above.

    Many similar vessels have been discovered in villas at Pompeii, cf. a parallel bronze amphora in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 27.122.7.
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