9044. Impressive Roman Bronze Attachment: Forepart Boar
British Ca. 1st to 3rd Century AD.
The head and front legs emerging from an edged six lobed back-plate with a ring for attachment above and below, the head with incised details of the fur, pointed ears and a high-hogged mane, the snout up-turned, the mouth agape with two large upward curving canines, the two small front hooves and legs protruding from beneath the head, possibly used as a chariot mount.
Size 5-1/2 inches (14.2cm.) Height + custom mount.
Provenance: From a private English collection. Found 18 inches deep in a ploughed up Roman road at Heworth, York, October 1985. It is however, likely to originally have been manufactured abroad. Diagram of find site paperwork and export permits included.
For similar mounts, one of a dog and one of a horse cf. H. Henkel, Die Römischen Bronzes aus Deutschland, III, (Bonn), figs.215, 458 & 459.
Ex Christies NY
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