Description & Technical information

In the form of the head and foreparts of a boar, a solid ridge of bristles running along the spine, the front legs with cloven hooves, the head with ears erect, incised almond-shaped eyes and opened mouth with two large tusks to either side, a round hole passing through the snout behind the tusks fitted with a wire ring.

Small attachments such as this were probably fitted to the rims of drinking vessels made of metal or wood and are typically found at Roman sites.

Period:  Antiquity
Origin:  Roman empire
Medium: gilt-bronze
Dimensions: 4 cm (1⁵/₈ inches)
Provenance: Private collection Germany, acquired prior to 1990
Literature: Published: Rupert Wace Ancient Art, 2017, no. 38.

A less-detailed bronze boar attachment was found in Eastcheap, London (Museum of London, inv. no. A2403); another in the British Museum shows similar modelling of the animal's face (acc. no. 1814,0704.290). For discussion of the type, see J. Foster, 'Bronze Boar Figurines in Iron Age and Roman Britain', BAR Brit. Ser. 39, Oxford, 1977, pp. 21 and 32-33, nos. 16-18, fig. 11, pls. 10-11.
Categories: Classical & Egyptian antiquities