Choose Category:

Auto Bid Counter
No. of Bids: 4373
Bid Total: £505,951
View Winning Bidders
Home > Auctions > 1st September 2020 > Roman Janus-Headed Sceptre

Print page | Email lot to a friend

Back to previous page


LOT 0076

Estimate
GBP (£) 6,000 - 8,000
EUR (€) 6,650 - 8,860
USD ($) 7,880 - 10,510

Opening Bid
£5,400 (EUR 5,983; USD 7,093) (+bp*)

Add to Watch list


Please login or register here.



Bid History: 0

Roman Janus-Headed Sceptre

1st century BC-1st century AD

A sceptre comprising a slender round-section iron rod and bronze handle with bulb to each end, the finial a janiform bust of two female faces each with curls to the sides, cucullus head-covering and diadem with plate to the brow; mounted on a custom-made stand. 2.1 kg total, 70.5cm including stand (27 3/4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
From an important London collection; previously with Bonhams, London, 13 April 2011, lot 149 (£10,000-£12,000); formerly in a private French collection, formed in the 1970s; accompanied by copies of the relevant Bonhams catalogue pages.
Footnotes
The Latin word sceptrum from which we derive 'sceptre' is based on the Greek σκῆπτρον denoting a staff or walking-stick. The janiform female bust is unusual and may represent e.g. the priestesses of Vesta in Rome.