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.
Ancient Roman Bronze Eagle Statuette
A finely modelled Ancient Roman cast bronze statuette in the shape of an eagle, standing on a disc-shaped, flat base. The animal is portrayed with its chest slightly puffed out and long neck outstretched. The bird’s plumage has been rendered through a series of incised lines.
Condition: Fine, complete and intact. Some parts reveal the original yellowish bronze colour.