Rare Roman Inlaid bronze brooch in the shape of a leopardess fibula

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Seller: grimstonian (3,265) 100%, Location: West Sussex, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 233269487527 Rare Roman bronze brooch in the shape of a leopardess fibula Bronze brooch in form of a reclining pantheress or leopardess, with head raised. The three projections along the animal’s belly indicate teats, identifying it as a female. Eyes are recessed for inlay, now missing, while the body is ornamented with 14 circular spots of recesses for enamel, of which much is now missing. Carefully executed features, such as the ears, the forehead, the mouth, the paws and the incised twisting on the tail. The back is flat, with catchplate and partial spring. Very Fine condition; tip of forepaw missing. Length 4 cms (1.6 ins). Circa 2nd-3rd century AD. Ex Rupert Wace collection. Reference: For an example of the type see item 1196; Hattat; Brooches of Antiquity. Cf. British Museum number: 1924,0502.1 Rare Roman Inlaid bronze brooch in the shape of a leopardess fibula Click images to enlarge Description Rare Roman bronze brooch in the shape of a leopardess fibula A bronze brooch in form of a reclining pantheress or leopardess, with head raised. The three projections along the animal’s belly indicate teats, identifying it as a female. Eyes are recessed for inlay, now missing, while the body is ornamented with 14 circular spots of recesses for enamel, of which much is now missing. Carefully executed features, such as the ears, the forehead, the mouth, the paws and the incised twisting on the tail. The back is flat, with catchplate and partial spring. Very Fine condition; tip of forepaw missing. Length 4 cms (1.6 ins). Circa 2nd-3rd century AD. Ex Rupert Wace collection. Reference: For an example of the type see item 1196; Hattat; Brooches of Antiquity. Cf. British Museum number: 1924,0502.1 The spotted panther or leopard is a well-known form, and is one of comparatively few zoomorphic designs which have an obvious symbolic meaning in the context of Roman religion: leopards, panthers and tigers were all animals associated with the god Bacchus. Many zoomorphic plate-brooches are completely flat, with large areas of solid enamel colour, but the leopards belong to a distinctive group which are more three-dimensional, the heads in particular being rendered completely in the round and the enamel taking the form of small spots in the metal background. The body spots are generally in two colours. This item is not a UK find and as such is not subject to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Supplied with illustrated COA (code CJ891) Payment Payment by Paypal Shipping Proof of posting is obtained for all items (copy available on request). Items posted to UK: We will take responsibility for an adequate level of insurance. Countries outside UK: Items will be sent with insurance against loss in the post. If it is possible, we will also send with tracking, but not all countries have this possibility; if in doubt, you are welcome to check with us. Terms of Sale All items are guaranteed to be authentic, to date from the period stated, and to comply with the description provided, with no time restriction for return if not. We also offer a no-quibble refund if you are in any way unhappy with your purchase and it is returned in the same condition within 14 days. About Us We have been dealing in antiquities and items of archaeological interest since the early 1990s, and have sold thousands of items to collectors all over the World, including leading museums. TimesAncient is committed to the ethical purchase of all items of historical significance that we offer. We never knowingly engage in the purchase of objects who provenance or ownership history is deemed to be dubious. All ancient items offered for sale on our website are purchased from legitimate sources. These include old private collections, auction houses, legal finders and responsible dealers within the coin and ancient art market. Every item we sell is guaranteed to be authentic and to date from the period stated. Nothing beats the feeling of handling and owning an item created by humans in far-off history. Contact Us If you have any queries, please contact us using your eBay message board. Images sell! Get Supersized Images & Free Image HostingCreate your brand with Auctiva's Customizable Templates. Attention Sellers - Get Templates Image Hosting, Scheduling at Auctiva.com. Track Page Views WithAuctiva's FREE Counter Condition: Rare Roman inlaid bronze brooch in the shape of a leopardess fibula., Type: Brooches, Culture: Roman, Material: Bronze, Provenance: Rupert Wace Collection

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