27 October 2016, 07:00 PST (in progress)
Louisville, CO, USALive Auction
Lot 10: Roman Cast Bronze Statuette - Proud Eagle(46 views)
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Estimate: $5,000 - $7,500
Roman Empire, 1st to 2nd century CE. A stunning cast figurine of a standing eagle with raised head and meticulous feather detailing to the head, chest and wings. In ancient Rome the eagle had a powerful military association and would oftentimes bronze eagles would be used as a staff finial and would lead armies into war. To quote a piece of historical fiction set in Roman Britain entitled The Eagle of the Ninth (Rosemary Sutcliff, 1954), "Eagle lost, honor lost; honor lost, all lost." Richly symbolic! Size: 3"H (7.5 cm)
Provenance: Ex-private East Coast, USA collection.
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Condition Report: Intact and near choice, very minor nicks to edges of tail feathers and wing.