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LOT 0134

Estimate
GBP (£) 3,000 - 4,000
EUR (€) 3,300 - 4,410
USD ($) 3,890 - 5,190

Opening Bid
£2,700 (EUR 2,974; USD 3,502) (+bp*)

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Roman Knife Handle with Lion

1st-3rd century AD

A carved and polished bone knife handle formed as an ornamental table leg with florid capital and snarling lioness mask over a tapering shank with lion's paw foot; slot to the reverse and remains of iron blade; mounted on a custom-made stand. 53 grams total, 89mm including stand (3 1/2"). Very fine condition.

Provenance
Property of a private New York collection, acquired on the French art market in 2013; formerly in the private collection of Mr Schuller, acquired in the 1960s-1970s. This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.10239-167701.