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Roman Bronze Hydria Handle of Lion Foot

Roman Bronze Hydria Handle of Lion Foot

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Bronze: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1050410

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Roman Bronze Hydria Handle, ca. 1st - 2nd Century CE, 5 1/4" long on custom stand. Shipwreck artifact found off coast of Caesarea. Encrustation due to undersea, but in very good condition. Ex: Archaeological Center, Tel Aviv. According to the New York Post, the port of Caesarea was commissioned by Herod the Great in the 1st century BC and became an important economic artery in the Mediterranean Sea until it sank for unknown reasons soon after its completion. Some scientists believe it is located on a geological fault line; other theories point to a series of earthquakes or even a big tsunami. Starting in the 1960s, Israeli archaeologists brought the sunken port back to life, along with Caesarea’s above-ground wonders, including the Crusaders’ church and Roman theater. Today the land-level archaeological treasures are open to visitors, and are part of the Caesarea National Park. Last year, Israeli divers found 2,000 gold coins in Caesarea dating back to the 10th century.