Ancient Roman Iron Luxury Knife with an Exquisite Handle engraved with Zoomorphic images of Bird & Stag in front

Description
Ancient Roman Iron Luxury Knife with an Exquisite Handle engraved with Zoomorphic images of Bird & Stag in front
1st.-3rd. Century AD.

Ancient Roman Iron Luxury Knife with an Exquisite Bone Handle engraved with Zoomorphic images of a Bird (Eagle the favorite animal of God Jupiter or Owl the favorite animal of the Goddess Minervabehind) and a Stag the favorite animal of the Goddess Diana in front of it.
Exceedingly rare type with a masterfully engraved handle with zoomorphic motifs giving a very elegant look of this knife which perfectly displayed also the status (presumably from the patrician society) owner.
An insignificant crack and small damage on the handle, slightly rusty but stable iron part, otherwise in very good grade of preservation. See Photo

Size:13,2cm.

Item No.P83

Purchased by the current owner in 2014 in Austria, Wien from Collector fair.

Collected Since:1960's.

Previous owners history: Old Austrian Private Collection.

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Lot details
Culture
Ancient Roman
Material
Iron
Object
Luxury Knife with an Exquisite Handle engraved with Zoomorphic images of Bird & Stag in front
Century/ Timeframe
1st.-3rd. Century AD.
Condition
An insignificant crack and small damage on the handle, slightly rusty but stable iron part,
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