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Roman Bronze Mask, Head of a Lion

Roman Bronze Mask, Head of a Lion

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Bronze: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1390731

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Roman Bronze Mask, Head of a Lion, 1st Century CE. Culry mane, fierce snarl and fangs protruding, piercing eyes. Partial loss as seen in images, but a classical artifact. 3 1/2" diameter, 5 3/4" on custom lucite stand. Ex: Archaeological Center, Jerusalem. Lion mask is a motif used from antiquity as an emblem of strength, courage, and majesty. The lion mask derives from furniture from ancient Rome and it continues to be popular. Both Venetian and Façon de Venise goblets feature decorative prunts molded in the lion mask shapes alluding to the symbol of Venice, the Lion of Saint Mark. From the early to mid-18th century, the lion mask enjoyed popularity as a favored motif for furniture ornament, used as an arm rest support or to decorate a cabriole leg. Occasionally, a lion's paw or pelt appears alongside the mask.