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A PAIR OF ROMAN BRONZE GOOSE HEAD FULCRA TERMINALS

A PAIR OF ROMAN BRONZE GOOSE HEAD FULCRA TERMINALS

CIRCA 1ST CENTURY BC – 1ST CENTURY AD

Height: 16.2 cm

These terminals were originally part of a fulcrum (headrest) on a Roman couch (kline). Such elements were often sculpted in the shape of animal protomes (horses, mules, donkeys, hounds, panthers).

For further reading on klinai and their fulcra, see G.M.A. Richter, The Furniture of the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans, London, 1966, p. 107, no. 147; in D. Mitten and S. Doeringer, Master Bronzes from the Classical World, Fogg Art Museum, 1967, p. 142.

For a similar goose head fulcrum terminal once part of the Greta S. Heckett Collection, cf. P. Verdier, Ancient Bronzes, a Selection from the Heckett Collection, Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, 1964, no. 72.

New York private collection, 1980s

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