Greek And Roman Art
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Lot # 962 - PUNIC MULTICOLOR OINOCHOE Punic world, c. 6th century BC. Small oinochoe in multicoloured glass paste. Three-lobed mouth, cylindrical neck, ovoid body, short trumpet foot. Decoration with horizontal bands and vertical blue and yellow spikes on a blue background. Height (preserved): 81 mm. Object of great charm with beautiful iridescence typical of antique glass. Part of the lip and handle missing and reconstructed, slightly porous surface. The production technique for these glass paste vessels is very interesting: a terracotta core was made to serve as a base for the application of the glass paste. This was then fixed to the end of a rod or pole. Thus prepared, it was immersed in a container of molten glass and rotated on a smooth, lithic or metal slab so as to obtain a smooth surface. The mouth and foot were moulded and the handles were applied, probably with the use of tongs; the decoration was threaded, perhaps with the help of a pointed instrument, onto the still hot and fluid base.
Lot # 969 - ETRUSCAN BRONZE 'PASSAREDINI' Etruscan culture, c. 4th to 2nd century BC. Masculine ring forged from leaded bronze. The circular accessory features a relatively smooth interior surface as well as columns of three pyramidal spikes surrounding the exterior. Diameter: 33 mm.; Height: 20 mm. AE. Mottled layers of brown and green patina have formed across the surfaces and imbue this ring with a stylish presentation. Generally referred to as 'passaredini' and thus related to the equestrian sphere, this type of bronze object apparently has no certain function.
Lot # 978 - POLIGONAL LEAD WEIGHT Probably Roman Republic, c. 5th-1st century BC. Roman weight of irregular six-sided polygonal shape with three knobs on the surface, one of which may have been truncated in antiquity. 128.00 g. 42.00 mm. Complete and intact. Object with a very unusual shape. The weight of 128 grams corresponds exactly to two and a half ounces on the foot of the Roman pound. The fact that the object has three knobs on its surface, one of which is apparently deliberately truncated, might suggest that these served to indicate its weight.
Lot # 984 - VOTIVE LEAD PLATE Probably Roman republican period, c. 3rd-1st century BC. Lead plaque depicting a bearded figure in a long robe, probably leaning on a stick. Dimensions: 59x32 mm. Fascinating item. Damages and missings. The function of this plaque is unclear; it was probably a votive offering or part of the decoration of a larger object.
Lot # 987 - ROMAN 'AUCISSA' BROOCH Roman period, c. 1st century AD. Roman bronze brooch with high arched bow, enlongated foot and pronounced knob. Lenght: 51 mm.; Height: 23 mm. Perfectly preserved, the pin is free and still usable. The workshop concerned was in Gaul and this brooched dates 40-60 AD.
Lot # 988 - ROMAN GLASS UNGUENTARIUM Roman period, 1st-2nd century AD. Elongated unguentarium with a cut everted lip, a short cylindrical neck with a slight constriction at the base, a pyriform body, a convex bottom. Height: 88 mm. Lovely item with iridescent hues all over the surface. Minor missings on the lip, otherwise intact. For similar specimens from an archaeological context, see Meconcelli Notarianni 1979, p. 124, no. 160.
Lot # 992 - ROMAN SILVER RING Roman period, c. 2nd century AD. Roman silver ring with engraved carnelian. The gemstone depicts a female head (?) turned to the left. Gem height: 9 mm.; Ring size: 15 x 12 mm. Excellent conservation, object of good workmanship. Given the small size of the ring, it must have belonged to a girl.
Lot # 1001 - ROMAN KEYS AND PADLOCK Roman period, c. 1st-3rd century AD. Lot of four Roman bronze objects, comprising three keys and a padlock. Given their small size, these objects are all to be referred to locks on chests or furniture. Dimensions: 40 to 21 mm. Few damages, one key is missing the handle.
Lot # 1011 - LARGE ROMAN LEAD AMPHORA Roman period, c. 1st-3rd century AD. Large, heavy and unusual Roman solid lead votive amphora with a large bulbous main body tapering to a short narrow neck with two loop handles on opposing shoulders. Dimensions: 93x32 mm. Weight: 328 g. Interesting scale weight of the precise weight of a Roman pound.
Lot # 1014 - ROMAN MILITARY DIPLOMA FRAGMENT Roman period, c. 2nd-3rd century AD. Triangular fragment of a Roman military diploma in bronze, of which a partial trace of three lines of text is preserved. Dimensions: 50x32 mm. Rare and important document. Apparently voluntary truncated. The so-called military diploma was an honourable discharge that was granted to the soldier after a long career in the army, usually after 25 years (28 from the late 3rd century AD). More precisely, the general structure of a diploma for an auxiliary army veteran is composed as follows this way: 1) full imperial titling, which allows the precise dating of the year of the reign in which the constitutio was issued; 2) list of the units covered by the constitutio, divided between alae and cohortes, indicated by full name, relative numeral and any epithets 3) mention of the province and provincial governor; 4) legal text granting citizenship and legal recognition of marriage, which underwent changes, sometimes substantial, over time 5) date of the exact day of issue of the constitutio and mention of the consular couple for the current year (or, better, the period of the year, in the case of consules suffecti). This was followed by the personal part that changed individually, while maintaining a rigid and standardised scheme. For an auxiliary, the military diploma meant becoming a Roman citizen, as with this document the veteran was automatically granted citizenship.
Lot # 1015 - GREEN JASPER GEMSTONE Roman period, c. 2nd-3rd century AD. Oval green jasper gem of truncated cone shape, depicting a probable hunting scene on the flat side. A figure facing left, armed with two long sticks, is probably trying to strike a bird perched on the highest branch of a tree. Dimensions: 11.5 x 8 mm. Peripheral chip in relation to the scene depicted. Gem of exquisite workmanship.
Lot # 1018 - AMAZING ROMAN BRASS MIRROR Roman period, 2nd-4th century AD. Roman bronze brass mirror with the non-reflecting part decorated with concentric circles of different heights, forming a fascinating play of shadows. Diameter: 100 mm. Lovely brassy patina with reddish deposits and malachite encrustations. Intact.
Lot # 1019 - ROMAN BRONZE BROOCHES Roman period, c. 3rd-4th century AD. Lot of two roman bronze fibulae in the form of a quadruped (hoops and lines decoration) and a dove. Lenghts: 34 and 26 mm. Pin and tail missing in the quadruped shaped fibula. Missing of the hook in the dove shaped fibula. Lovely green patina and nice decoration.
Lot # 1020 - TWO ROMAN BRONZE SWASTIKA FIBULAE Roman period, Balkan area, c. 3rd-4th century AD. Lot of two roman bronze swastika fibulae with the depiction of a stylised horse's head on each arm of the hooked cross. Dimensions: both 36 mm. Both fibulae are missing the swastika arm opposite the spring from which the pin starts (one is missing the pin as well). A deliberate defunctionalisation cannot be excluded. The ends of the garment clips, shaped like horse heads, may be due to the influence of the inhabitants of Thrace or Dacia.
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