In Ancient Roman mythology Mars was primarily the god of war. He was especially important to the Romans because he was regarded as the mythical father of the founder and first king of Rome, Romulus. He was associated with the Greek god, Ares. However, whilst his Greek counterpart was often viewed unfavourably, Mars was a figure of military power for securing peace and a father figure of the people.
Roman Bronze Applique of Mars
A detailed applique made of bronze of the Roman god, Mars. Depicted wearing a plumed helmet, incision and modelling has been used to create naturalist facial features, creeping wavy locks and the feathers of the helmet. The applique ends at the bust.
Condition: Very fine with beautiful patination