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Openwork Ornamental Handle
Period: Second to Third century AD
Culture: Roman
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 14.8 cm H
 
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This beautiful bronze mirror handle is the perfect combination of utility and aesthetic appeal. The detailed openwork illustrates the complexity of the sculptor’s craft in a particularly compelling example of metalwork. Bronze was highly prized in antiquity and owners were often true connoisseurs of the medium. They took great pride in displaying their collections and hiding them in times of unrest. 

 

 

 

Provenance

Private Collection, Germany, late 1970s.
Private Collection, New York, 1990s.