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Early Imperial Roman Bronze Olpe

Sheet body with cast rim decorated with egg and dot motif. The separately cast handle fitting around the back of the mouth, with a prominent thumb rest, the base decorated with the bearded face of Silenus. ndicative of the original owner’s high regard for this vessel, the base of the olpe was repaired in antiquity with bronze sheet and rivets.

1st Century AD

17.2 x 13.9 cm (6 3⁄4 x 5 1⁄2")


With Elias S. David (1891–1969), New York, thence by descent. With a French export license.

Published: Antiquarium, Ltd.; Ancient Treasures XVIII. (London, 2019) p.28

Comparanda: Hayes, John ; Greek Roman and Related Metalware in the Royal Ontario Museum (Toronto, 1984) pp.97-98, nos. 153-154 Comstock, Mary & Cornelius Vermeule; Greek, Etruscan & Roman Bronzes in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Boston, 1971) pp.318-319, no.444

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