Roman Bronze Figurine of Jupiter and Amalthea

GBP 2,400.00

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Object Description

A magnificent Roman bronze statuette of a young goat and an impressive eagle perched on its back. Realistically rendered, the small kid is depicted with all four feet planted on the ground, its hooves distinguished from the rounded dewclaw. Muscular thighs lead to a barrelled body and thick neck, decorated with incised linear strokes to create the wool of its thick coat. The kid’s head leans slightly to one side, the features elegant, with almond-shaped eyes and pointed muzzle marked with incised markings. Two small pointed ears point outwards and a small, pricked tail features at the rear. The attention to detail clearly marks this quadruped as a young goat.

Perched on the mammal’s back is a large bird, most likely an eagle. It’s talons grip the goats fur, stabilising it’s body. The two large wings are slightly unfurled, as though in mid flight and it’s small head looks into the distance. Similarly, the sculptor has paid great attention to the bird’s feathers; the rows of primary, secondary and tail-feathers clearly defined. Eagles were a favourite subject matter for the ancient Roman; the bird featuring heavily within their mythological corpus. The delicate nature of the composition would allude to a scene featuring the god Jupiter as the eagle and the young goat that reared him as a child. An exceptionally detailed statuette with a rare subject matter.

Date: Circa 2nd-3rd century AD

Object Condition

Excellent. Very clear detailing and attention to detail. Minute hole to bronze, near the eagle’s eye.

Object Details

  • dimensions
    W:1.2 x H:4.7 x D:4.1 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James

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