An interesting Roman knife handle in the shape of an animal. The animal is finely carved in the round from a single piece of bone. Its form is compact and simplified, with an emphasis on decorative patterning, such as rounds and lines.
Date: Circa 1st Century BC Condition: Fine condition; some signs of ageing on the surface.
The animal is shown in a recumbent position, with a small head and elongated body. Its anatomical features are defined by engraved lines, and of particular interest is the animal’s face, boasting big eyes and a grinning mouth. All the more impressive for its simplicity, this animal carries naturalism and expressiveness in its depiction.
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