An extremely rare and highly interesting Ancient Roman Bronze Legionary Eagle over a head of a Bull which was the Symbol of the X -th Legion Gemina or Equestris because in the invasion of Gaul (where this Legion was one of the foue used in this campaign of 58 BC.) Julius Caesar used a legionnaires also as Cavalry.
The Xth Legion fought under the commands of the second Triumvirate (Octavian, Marc Anthony and Lepidus) and defeat Cassius and Brutus the murders of Julius Caesar in the historical battle of Philippi. After that they took a side of Marcus Antonius in another historical battle of Actium where the Xth Legion was defeated and punished from Octavian who rename it to Gemina (not Equestrian anymore. The equestrian status of ancient Rome was mainly also an aristocratic).
In the following centuries this Legion played also a significand role in a different "hot spots" like: Hispania Tarraconensis against the Cantabrians (its veterans were the first inhabitants of Zaragoza and Emerita), Pannonia, Batavia in Germania Superior (near Nijimegen), against the Dacians and Decibalus, Moesia Superior, and against the Jewish revolt of Bar Kokhba.
The latest evidence of this Legion were at the beginning of the 5th century.
A thrilling small bronze figurine with significant symbolic importance, probably from an owenership of an Legionnaire from the Xth Legion.
Very well preserved with a lovely green natural patina
Purchased by the current owner in 2020 in Germany, Munich.
Collected Since: 1960's.
Previous owners history: Old German Private Collection.
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- Romain antique
- Importante Figurine d'un Aigle Légionnaire sur une Tête de Taureau, Symbole de la Célèbre X ème
- .×.×. cm
- Siècle/ Période
- 1st. Century BC.- 5th. Century AD.