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Roman Bronze Wine Strainer - Stunning Patina

Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. An intricate cast bronze wine strainer with a tight punched hole design of meanders and swastikas around the inside of the bowl. The bowl flares outward at the top and has a thin rim. Projecting from the rim, cast as a single piece with the bowl, is a long, thin, rectangular handle. The Romans drank wine nearly every day, and it was available to people at every level of society - slaves, soldiers, farmers, and elites. Strainers were necessary to remove dregs from their wine. A bronze one like this would have been a fine item owned by a wealthy family. Comes with custom stand. Size: 7.75" L x 3.4" W x 1.75" H (19.7 cm x 8.6 cm x 4.4 cm); height on stand: 5.5" (14 cm)

Condition: Gorgeous shiny green patina with light encrustation in some areas. Loss to bottom of strainer bowl as shown.

Provenance: private German collection acquired before 2000

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