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Roman Bronze Vessel Handle, Ornamented With Bacchus and a Panther, c. 1st Century A.D.
The Panther was the companion of Bacchus. The grapevine and its wild barren alter-ego, the toxic ivy plant, were both sacred to him. This handle was once attached to vessel used for serving or drinking wine.
AI30971. height 8.0 cm (3"), excellent condition with a nice green patina
, bronze vessel handle
ornamented with a facing young head
wearing an ivy wreath
in his long flowing hair, panther
skin tied at neck, the curving handle
ends with a panther head
Catalog current as of Tuesday, January 23, 2018.
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