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Old Feb 15, 2009, 08:24 AM   #1
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Roman bust applique

Hello!

I recently purchased this applique and am hoping someone can help identify it further. It appears to be a Roman emperor/empress but would like some confirmation.

Here is the seller's description:

"Bronze. 1ST century AD. Size 50 mm X 37mm (2" X 1 3/8").Have been told it is a depiction of a Roman Emperor and another says it is a woodland figure of a deity and others say its Celtic. It clearly shows a draped bust of a male or female with curly locks of hair protruding from veil which is clearly visable on head. The left sghoulder is bound on a knot with what appears to be adraping feathers or a wreath."

Thanks for the help, and sorry for the cross posting,

Tom
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Old Feb 15, 2009, 10:00 AM   #2
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Tom,

That barely looks human, let alone like the bust of a Roman Emperor.

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Old Feb 15, 2009, 11:08 AM   #3
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Agreed, the style is quite crude. That's probably why someone called it a celtic piece.

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Old Feb 15, 2009, 02:17 PM   #4
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Roman period (I would say 3rd cent. AD) but provincial style. From Bulgaria?

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Old Feb 15, 2009, 02:38 PM   #5
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Took awhile to find it, but it reminded me of a couple I stumbled across previously.

http://gilliscoins.com/antiquities/c...ic_wro4500.htm

http://www.ancientresource.com/lots/roman.html

Not sure how either came up with the descriptions, but 2nd-3rd century Celtic is always a safe bet.

I have no idea how your seller made the leap to thinking this is an emperor.

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Old Feb 15, 2009, 02:41 PM   #6
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Took awhile to find it, but it reminded me of a couple I stumbled across previously.

http://gilliscoins.com/antiquities/c...ic_wro4500.htm

http://www.ancientresource.com/lots/roman.html

Not sure how either came up with the descriptions, but 2nd-3rd century Celtic is always a safe bet.

I have no idea how your seller made the leap to thinking this is an emperor.

BR

Mark
Well-done Mark! As to the seller, it may well be wishful thinking; all attributes of a Roman emperor lack; and an emperor representation is more popular, so can be sold for more $?

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Thanks for the research. I didn't really think it was an emperor, and I paid next to nothing for it, so I can't complain.

Thanks for all the help,

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