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LOT 0248

Estimate
GBP (£) 8,000 - 10,000
EUR (€) 9,470 - 11,840
USD ($) 10,210 - 12,770


ROMAN SCALE BAR WITH NEPTUNE, HIPPOCAMP AND GRIFFIN
1ST CENTURY AD
13" (530 grams, 33cm).

A bronze scale bar from a set of weights decorated with a hippocamp to one end with forepart of a rearing horse, head slightly turned, rest of body a sea serpent with tail wrapped around bar; to the top a standing naked male, possibly Neptune (Poseidon) holding the hippocamp by the mane and brandishing weapon in other hand; to the other end a griffin with head turned, erect ears, body ending in a sea serpent wrapped around bar; centre of bar balustered and detailing of scales to both sea creatures.

PROVENANCE:
Property of a gentleman; from a Mayfair, London, UK, gallery.

CONDITION