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.
Roman Bronze Figurine of an Eagle
A finely modelled Ancient Roman cast bronze statuette in the shape of an eagle, with wings outstretched. The animal is portrayed standing tall, neck outstretched with unfurled wings. Its clawed feet have been shaped into an ovoid disc, acting as a base and support. The bird’s plumage has been rendered through a series of incised lines. Attached to a solid perspex base. Height and width measurements given below are for the statue and base combined. Height for the statue alone is 5.2cm tall.
Condition: Very fine. Attached to a solid perspex base.