A Pair of Roman Bronze Roundel Appliques

Ca. 1st – 2nd century A.D.
Measurements: 4 3/4 in. Diam. (12 cm.)
Provenance: Ex. French collection, early 1970s, accompanied with an export certificate from the French Ministry of Culture; New York private collection, 2014.
Published: Christie’s London South Kensington, 30 April 2008, lot 157; Art if the Ancients, Aphrodite Ancient Art, New York, vol. I, 2013, no. 18, p. 22..
Cf: M. Comstock and C. Vermeule, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, 1971, pp. 436-7, no. 641 for similar.

Each roundel with a bust of Artemis or a maenad in high relief, each wearing chiton with nebris tied over right shoulder, the elaborate coiffure centrally parted and bound in a high top-knot, eyes with silver inlay, the border with incised zigzag and dot motif, remains of bronze tangs at rear. Mounted on a removable custom display bronze stand.

 

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