Applique. Roman Empire, 3rd century A D.
Dimensions: 6,5 x 7 cm
Decorative applique made in bronze intended to decorate some piece of furniture or other element, which shows a bird, with large eyes, a tuft on the top of the head, a long beak, open wings and a striking fan-shaped tail, finished off with each of the "feathers” that make it up in a curve with a sphere (missing some). It would represent a griffin, a mythological animal common in Roman culture with an eagle-shaped front part of the body, golden feathers, a sharp beak, and a back part of the lion's body, and a long reptilian tail.
The Romans excelled in bronze work, achieving qualities in details and design that could not be matched until much later. Likewise, they were able to use this material to make small and simple sculptures, such as equestrian sculptures of emperors at natural size, including decorative elements for furniture, tripods, cauldrons, utensils, etc.
Provenance: Purchased by the current owner in 2011 in Madrid from a private collector (J.S.), owned before 70's.
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- Ancient Roman
- Apply representing faucet.
- Century/ Timeframe
- siglo III d. C.
- Good Condition, See Photo