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Roman Oinochoe with Head of a Boy

Antiquities - Roman


LOT 0111

Estimate
GBP (£) 6,000 - 8,000
EUR (€) 6,850 - 9,130
USD ($) 8,280 - 11,030

Opening Bid: £5,400 (EUR 6,164; USD 7,448)
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ROMAN OINOCHOE WITH HEAD OF A BOY
5th century AD or later

A bronze vessel with the body formed as the head of a boy with small features and large lenticular eyes, straight hair combed and shaped; square-section neck above with scooped pouring lip and dolphins to the rim, curved strap handle with seated putto playing a syrinx. 244 grams, 32.5cm (12 3/4").

Condition
Very fine condition, restored. Rare.

Provenance
From the private collection of a UK gentleman; acquired from a London gallery in 2008; formerly in a 1980s collection.

Footnotes
In Etruria, bronze and terracotta wine jars, known as oinochoes, olpes, and kantharoi, were often modeled after the shape of a human head. Many of them featured satyrs and maenads, attendants of Dionysus, the god of wine. This vessel is a later Roman version of this Etruscan type and would have been used to serve guests at a symposium, known as a commissatio during the Roman period. The symposium was part of a banquet that took place after the meal, when drinking for pleasure was accompanied by music, dancing, recitals, or conversation, and which was a key Hellenic - and later, Roman - social institution.

Date
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