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A Roman Bronze Lion Head Mount, 200-300 AD.

Conservation:  Good condition
Material:  Bronze
Dimensions:  13,4 cm
Provenance:  Acquired at Sotheby’s Olympia in 2003 / Acquired at Bonhams, London, Auction, 2008
Exhibited:  Feriarte, IFEMA (Madrid, 16-24 November 2019)
Published:  Antiquities, London, Bonhams, October 15th, 2008.


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Modelled in high relief, the frontal face with finely incised details of the fur, a wrinkled nose and knotted brow, the wide-set eyes with recessed pupils, the jaws agape exposing the remains of large twisted incisors, the thick tufts of the mane framing the face. It is a piece of great naturalism because the sculptor uses resources such as the detail of the animal’s coat and the drilled pupils to obtain a greater assimilation with the real animal.

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