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Roman Chariot Fitting of a Dionysian Satyr

2nd-3rd century AD

A bronze chariot fitting representing the bust of a Dionysian satyr or Dionysus himself with young face, long hair arranged in regular locks around the face, wearing a panther skin arranged like an exomis tunic leaving the left shoulder uncovered, positioned on a squared pedestal with platform for the application to the chariot's sides or back; loop on the hollow back for the fastening to the wooden structure of the chariot. 616 grams total, 16cm including stand (6 1/4"). Fine condition.

From the private collection of Antony John Scammell (1937-2019); acquired on the UK art market from 1960-2000.
See Ratković, D., 'Wagon and Harness Bronzes from the Roman Collection of the National Museum in Belgrade' in Thiasos, Festschrift fur Erwin Pochmarski zum 65. Geburtstag, Wien, 2008, pp.793-815, s. pl.2,2, for similar item.
This type of mount was probably used as bridle holders and placed near the driver’s seat, on the wagon platform or as a central decoration on the back of the wagon. The reconstruction of the wagon from the Vardar Valley has a bust of Athena placed on the upper horizontal bar of the roof structure as a decorative element.

Antony John Scammell (1937-2019) was born, and lived his entire life, in the city of Bristol, England. Already from an early age he was enthralled by history and the heroes that it created. While serving overseas with the British Army, Antony began collecting coins and banknotes and this led to collecting a variety of different items throughout his life. From the early 1960s onward, Antony invested in acquiring ancient artefacts. Antony's vast collections started with Egyptian antiquities, but soon branched into Greek and Roman civilisations. The Roman civilisation fascinated him most and, when family commitments allowed, archaeological digs were coordinated in the west of England. These digs uncovered numerous artefacts, many of which were donated to local museums. In retirement, the collecting continued apace, branching into UK coins, British Empire banknotes and fossils.