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Large Celtic or Gallo-Roman bronze figure of an orator, Circa 1st Century B.C./A.D

Conservation:  Damaged / missing hand. This piece is at the moment being treated by a restorer to remove the chlorides
Material:  Bronze
Dimensions:  21 cm high; 30 cm with stand
Provenance:  Acquired in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s / Bonhams London, “The Geddes Collection”, 2008
Exhibited:  Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)
Published:  Antiquities, London, Bonhams, October 1st, 2000.

Price:

On request
Ref bhm093 Category Tag

The imposing figure of orator carries a canopy wrapped around his muscular torso and is secured at the waist with his left hand, bearded face framed by curls and adorned with an elaborate wreath of flowers and inlaid crystal eyes. The bards, in the ancient history of Europe, were the people in charge of transmitting stories, legends and poems orally as well as singing the history of their peoples in long recitative poems.

 

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