Roman Bronze Applique in the Form of the Head of Apollo

£ 275.00

A Roman hollow-backed appliqué in the form of the god, Apollo. He is carefully depicted with coiffured hair, bushy eyebrows, and a wide-set nose. The eyes are deeply recessed, and even the eyelids have been carefully rendered by the craftsmen. His lips are full and appear slightly parted.

Date: Circa 2nd - 3rd Century AD
Condition: Some slight damage to surface, otherwise good metalwork with a fine even light green patination.


Large bronze objects in the Ancient Roman world were often made using the hollow cast technique. The method allowed for the creation of bronze objects with a hollow back or centre, thereby reducing the amount of bronze used. Apollo, who was known to the Romans as Phoebus, was one of the most important deities in the Graeco-Roman canon. He was the god of oracles, healing, the sun, and poetry among other attributes. His multivalent nature, importance, and prevalence in mythology means that he was a popular deity both for worship and for artistic interpretation. He was the son of Zeus and Leto, and was a twin with Aretmis (goddess of the hunt). He had key sanctuaries at Delos and Rhodes- with Rhodes being famous for one of the seven wonders of the ancient world- the colossus of Rhodes which was an enormous statue of Apollo himself standing across the harbour.

Weight 39.7 g
Dimensions H 4.2 cm



Roman Mythology

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