CULTURE / REGION OF ORIGIN: Roman Empire DATE: Circa 1st – 3rd Century AD DIMENSIONS: 5.4 cm long (2.10 in.)
DESCRIPTION: Intact as shown. The bronze handle from a folding knife, the iron blade corroded away except for a small section still enclosed within the handle. Remains of rusted iron rivet on both sides. The decorative end is in the form of a panther’s head, with erect ears and open mouth, protruding from a pedestal base. The object has a slightly rough green patina with spots of thin encrustation.
PROVENANCE: In a California private collection until May, 2002. European art market, 1990s.
COMPARISONS: Mills. Roman Artifacts Found in Britain, Essex, 1995, # M154, for a very similar knife handle.
Very cool. Would be even cooler if we knew exactly where it came from. “European art market” is code for looted so we have no clue where it came from, sorry!
This is why we can’t have nice things …………from of black markets.
We did a rite to Demeter today in class. It involved plastic flutes, a stuffed piglet, animal crackers and grape juice, and lots of grain. I got to be a libation bearer. We have the best Classics department.
Damn, you even have the right ceramics. Im jealous of that patera!
"Once some pirates beached their ship in Etruria and went inland to rustle some pigs. They stole a herd of sows and drove them aboard their ship. The swineherds saw all this but kept quiet. When the ship was well at sea, the swineherds called out loudly. The sows all moved to one side of the ship, capsizing it. The pirates drowned, but the sows made it safely to shore." - Aelian. (Aelian’s on the Nature of Animals. Trans. Gregory McNamee.)