A silver figurine of the forepart of a lion couchant. The paws extended to the front, head erect and alert, the mane and fur to the chest finely depicted. The back of the figurine extended to form a fixing rivet.
Circa 1st-2nd century AD.
Condition: Very fine.
Such small appliques were added to richly ornament the silver vessels used in fine dining.
Cf. Rolland, H., Bronzes Antiques de Haute Provence, Paris, 1965, item 272. Property of a Dutch gentleman; formerly in an old collection formed in the 1970s.
Roman silver lion statuette
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