**Originally Listed At $1200**
Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. An elegant cast bronze handle from a tall, narrow vessel like an olpe or oinochoe, with a wide volute at its lower terminal, a delicate arched curve of bronze forming the handle, and two boar heads serving as the upper terminals. Each boar head is sleek, with a raised crest of hair from forehead to the back of the body; large ears and tusks and a broad, flat nose complete the image. Large boars - known as cinghiale - lived throughout the Roman world, particularly in Italy, and wealthy Romans kept the animals in parks called vivaria, where they were semi-domesticated and sometimes eaten on special occasions. Imagery of boars connoted hunting, a popular pursuit for elite Romans. The owner of the vessel this handle once graced probably enjoyed hunting these dangerous animals. Size: 3.75" W x 5.9" H (9.5 cm x 15 cm); 6.75" H (17.1 cm) on included custom stand.
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-William Froelich collection, New York, USA, acquired in the 1970s
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Intact with a rich, mottled dark green patina on entire surface. Excellent preservation of form.