ROMAN BRONZE BALSAMARIUM

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ROMAN BRONZE BALSAMARIUM

One-handled perfume container in the shape of a bust of young boy, probably a Cupido, the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection; wearing an unusual straw hat on his wavy hair, parted in the middle, his eyes inlaid with silver, his nipples made in copper; at either side of hat with a hinged lid on top, a large ring for attachment of large loop-handle decorated with leaves and a rosette on top

Ex Austrian priv. coll., Vienna 1980s, Herman Historica, Munich 2011, Galerie Kunst der Antike, Vienna 2018
H. 10 cm, with handle 14,5 cm. Green patina, small hole in back of head

1st – 2nd cent AD

P.O.R.

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