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Beautiful Roman Bronze Jug w/ Incredible Patina

$2,995.00
Rome, Imperial Period, ca. 1st century CE. This is an absolutely stunning bronze vase with a slender, tall design. It has a slightly flared, concave foot with multiple rings around its underside. The body has a rounded shoulder that flows easily into the neck; this flares outward and has a flanged, overhanging rim. Attached to the neck and mid-body is a sharply-angled bronze handle with a leaf-shaped finial at top and Gorgon face at bottom. Size: 5.1" W x 10.2" H (13 cm x 25.9 cm)

The years have given it a beautiful turquoise patina over its entire surface. The blueish tint to the patina indicates that the copper alloy used to make this bronze had a relatively high tin content, so the bronze will have been stronger than alloys with less tin content. The presence of the gorgon speaks to the Classical world of mythology; the concept of the gorgon, a frightening, beast-like, female creature, is at least as old as Homer and continued to be used as a monstrous symbol throughout the Roman period. This jug was probably made to hold wine; its fine craftsmanship and expensive material suggest it was owned by a wealthy Roman individual.

Condition: Slight denting around the widest part of the body. Handle is possibly not contemporary. Smooth, beautiful patina overall.

Provenance: Ex-Private East Coast, USA Collection

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