Ancient Artifact > Roman Bronze Ram's-headed Patera handle terminal 14801

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Seller: Top-Rated Seller empiredanny (11,428) 100%, Location: Cordova, Tennessee, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 333237281830 Ram's-headed Patera handle terminal, ca. 1st-3rd Cent. A.D.Copper alloy, 55mm/165.3gm (5.8oz!)Con/ Cleaned and waxedThe stand IS included with this auction.Ref/ Mills, 'Celtic & Roman Artefacts, R372Seller's Note/ A common patera was simply a cooking vessel while others were meant only for ceremonial purposes such as pouring libations to the Gods. These images can be found on the reverses of any number of LRBC issues..."holding a patera from which liquor flows". The more common of these 'libation' pateras always featured virile masculine terminals such as a ram's or wolf's head and were used in the household shrines of wealthy Roman citizens. Cast hollow, such handles were light in weight.Our terminal is exceptional as it was most certainly used in a temple with priestly attendants during the ceremony. Lead-filled to counter-balance the patera bowl, the ram's horns were cast in 3D. This terminal is extremely rare and rarely presented to the public at large. Now perfectly conserved and fitted to a custom-made display stand, this remarkable piece of Roman history will grace your home or office.This item is of legal provenance per ebay policy. I purchased this item in 2015 in a lot of metal detector finds from a collector in Croatia. This item was brought into this country legally per the laws in place in the US at the time it was imported. I have included a scanned image of the shipping document that was approved by Croatia for export to the United States of America.This item is guaranteed to be an authentic artifact that was found with a metal detector in Croatia. Condition: Metal Detector Find, professionally cleaned and preserved, Material: Bronze, Provenance: Ownership History Available

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