Ancient Roman Panther Head

Ancient Roman Panther Head

Period: between 50 BCE and 220 CE
Dimensions: 23 x 30 cm
Material: Marble
Condition: Fine condition with obvious loss of lower jaw
Region: Roman
Provenance: Acquired in 1980's from a licensed dealer in Lebanon
Description
A handsome large marble head of a panther, possibly a trapezophorus fragment on custom mount. As the piece is so massive, it's highly possible that it was part of a standing sculpture. Eyes deeply incised below large brows. Makes a very impressive display. Strikingly beautiful white marble.
A trapezophorus is a table support, most often in the form of a feline, lion or leopard. This piece was created for a very large impressive table as one observes with its scale. There were usually three types of table: 'la mensa' an oblong appropriate for eating, 'la delphica' a gueridon three legged piece, or 'le trapezophorum' for general use. It would have been one of a pair. In Roman times, few opportunities were missed to turn functional objects into visually interesting decorative objects.
Ref. See Christie's Antiquities auction 4/18/18 Lot 49, Estimate $7000-9000 for similar piece with existing lower jaw.

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