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Roman, Bronze Repousse Plaque with Centaur Holding a Bow, Lorica Sqaumata Armor Plate(?), c. 1st - 3rd Century B.C.
Likely used in some legionary application; perhaps as a lorica squamata legionary armor plate segment. AA59779. Roman, bronze repousse, 1.75 x 1.75 inches, c. 1st - 3rd century A.D.; sheet bronze hammered from behind in repousse technique to raise the figure of a centaur holding a bow, remains of two rivet holes where it was attached, tear on body, rare and interesting; from a New Jersey collection; $450.00 (Ä396.00)
Roman Bronze Vessel Handle, Ornamented With Bacchus and a Panther, c. 1st Century A.D.
The Panther was the companion of Bacchus. The grapevine and its wild barren alter-ego, the toxic ivy plant, were both sacred to him. This handle was once attached to vessel used for serving or drinking wine.AI30971. height 8.0 cm (3"), excellent condition with a nice green patina, bronze vessel handle ornamented with a facing young head of Bacchus wearing an ivy wreath in his long flowing hair, panther skin tied at neck, the curving handle ends with a panther head; $390.00 (Ä343.20)
Syro-Palestinian, Terracotta Bird (Owl?) Whistle, c. 2nd Millennium B.C.
From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer in antiquities for 40 years.
This whistle, a child's toy, now about 3000 year old, still functions perfectly! Cover the hole on the bottom with your thumb, blow into a slot in the tail, then move your thumb away to uncover the hole - the result is a nice high pitched tone. There are three small holes in the top which may support the sound or perhaps small feathers were inserted them to simulate wings.AS20864. Choice, complete and intact, Terracotta bird (owl?) whistle, c. 2nd millennium B.C., 5.6 cm long, cream-beige terracotta, functional whistle with nice high pitched tone, tips of the ears missing, otherwise complete and intact, unmounted; $300.00 (Ä264.00)
Roman, Bronze Bird Fibula, C. End 2nd - 4th Century A.D.
This type is predominantly found in the Rhine area, in Noricum, and in Pannonia.AS61829. Roman fibula; cf. Riha type 3.21, pl. 13, 316; Hattatt BOA 1158 (very similar to these two referenced specimens); 1.25 inches, pin missing, c. end 2nd - 4th century A.D.; crude type without decoration, detail or even much of a tail; from a New Jersey collection; $125.00 (Ä110.00)