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ARTEMIS GALLERY Rare Roman Bronze & Iron Pike with Parrot Decoration

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Seller: artemisgallery (669) 100%, Location: Louisville, CO, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381698872147 Rare Roman Bronze & Iron Pike with Parrot Decoration Rome, ca. 1st century BCE to 1st century CE. This is a bronze-socketed, iron pike with a long thin blade. The socket, immediately below the blade, is decorated with the head of a parrot. Psittacula parrots from India were incredibly fashionable amongst the Roman upper classes, many of whom employed professional parrot teachers to teach the birds Latin! Pliny the Elder, writing in 77 CE, wrote instructions for teaching parrots to talk by hitting them on the head with iron bars. The parrot decoration and the lack of wear to the blade and socket suggest to me that this item was probably decorative, owned by a wealthy Roman citizen. Size: 12.2" L x 1.2" W x 3.3" H (31 cm x 3 cm x 8.4 cm) #112797 Condition: Patina and rust, but the shape of the object is very clear. Provenance: Ex- Private New Jersey collection acquired before 1990 All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. All items come with a Certificate of Authenticity

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