Roman Legionary Votive Statuette of a Wild Boar

GBP 495.00

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Object Description

A naturalistically rendered cast bronze statuette of a wild boar, dating to Roman Imperial Times. The animal is portrayed standing on all four legs and displays facial and anatomical features, such as eyes, ears, tusks and a prominent spinal crest. Bronze statuettes in the form of deities or animals would have been placed in temples or domestic shrines as votive offerings. This particular example might have belonged to the personal shrine of a soldier, as the boar was a common symbol across different Roman military legions. The famous Legion X Fretensis, stationed in Judaea, adopted the boar as a symbol, often depicted on inscriptions and stamped on roof tiles.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd Century AD

Object Literature

For a similar item, The British Museum, item number 1919,0620.9

Object Condition

Fine condition, some patination remains on surface. Front leg has been repaired.

Object Details

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  • dimensions
    W:4.1 x H:2.5 centimeters

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St James's Ancient Art
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