Ancient Roman Bronze Eagle Statuette


A fine Roman eagle statuette cast from bronze featuring the bird standing tall with its head over looking its shoulder. The eagle stands upon a slightly concave base and has both wings by its side. The bird has been naturalistically render including the delicate incisions across the body, wings and tail outlining the feathers.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd century AD
Provenance: ‘The Ancient Menagerie Collection’ formerly the property of a Cambridgeshire lady, collected since the 1990s and acquired from auctions and dealers throughout Europe and the USA, now ex London collection.
Condition: Fine condition, earthly encrustation and patination covers the surface.


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Bronze statuettes were popular across the Roman Empire, usually modelled in the shape of gods, goddesses and animals. Such statuettes could have been part of private households or placed in temples as votive offerings. Interestingly, during the Roman Empire, the Asia Minor region was famous for its cast metal sculptures. The eagle was deeply connected with Roman military, since it was a symbol of pride, strength and victory. The eagle, or aquila in Latin, was also the official emblem of Rome and the Roman Empire. Furthermore, the animal was also associated with the god Jupiter, the chief deity in the Roman pantheon.

For more information about the meanings of animals in Roman art, see our relevant blog post: Animal Symbolism in Roman Art.

Weight 31.4 g
Dimensions W 2.3 x H 4.3 cm



Reference: For a similar item,Christies, New York, 16th June 2020, lot 168

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