A large Ancient Roman bronze handle, the looped section of which is cast with overlapping leaves and duck head ornament. The lower attachment takes the form of a human bust, possibly intended to represent the Roman wine god, Bacchus.
Date: Circa 1st Century AD Provenance: Formerly part of the Sir Daniel Donohue Collection. Condition: Excellent condition.
Bacchus, the Roman equivalent to Dionysus, is perhaps best known for being the god of wine. Given that this handle was most likely affixed to a vessel for holding wine, this imagery is particularly apt. The jug would have served as striking tableware during the convivium (the Roman equivalent of the Greek symposium), the most extravagant and notorious of which was possibly the Cena Trimalchionis, as recorded in Juvenal’s Satyricon.
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