Seller: artancientltd (9,397) 99.6%, Location: Huntingdon, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 390673198246 This charming Roman bronze figurine of a dormouse dates to between the 2nd - 3rd centuries AD. The animal is depicted standing on its hind legs, holding a small round cake or bun to its mouth with its forepaws. With its large ears pricked upwards the mouse is clearly alert, as if jealousy protecting its food. The surface of the animal is smooth and has a glossy green/brown patina. The Roman propensity towards dormice in their cuisine is famous. However, less well known is their use of ingenious pots in which the animals were kept as they were fattened up. This piece may well be depicting the animal being fed in such circumstances. Small bronzes of various animals appear to have been popular throughout the western Roman Empire in this period. Though it is unknown what function models such as this were intended to serve, it is clear the Romans enjoyed and viewed them with some amusement. Condition: Tail missing, otherwise in remarkable condition and unrestored. Width: 1 1/8 inches. Provenance: Ex. British collection, acquired 1980's. Authenticity All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be Authentic as described. For added security we offer a full money-back guarantee if a recognized authority disputes the authenticity of any object sold. We send paper invoices incorporating a signed certificate of authenticity and photograph of the item. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not aim to profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. For eBay customers If you wish to leave us a note or have a special request for delivery, please do not use the "item notes" on the ebay checkout. Instead, please send your request via the contact seller link. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. We are not responsible for customs delays/duties. As legitimate sellers, we abide by United Kingdom and European Union Export regulations. We do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. ArtAncient Limited is registered in England no. 06376708 Vat registration no: GB 948 9832 53. Services & Partners: Material: Bronze, Original or Reproduction: Original, Genuine or Reproduction: Genuine, Culture: Roman, Period: 2nd Century A.D.