Ancient Roman or Greek Bronze Patera Libation Bowl

Ancient Roman or Greek Bronze Patera Libation Bowl

Code: 12321

£1,995.00 Approx $2518.94, €2330.61
 

This is an ancient Roman or Greek Bronze Patera libation bowl dating from 3rd century BC to 1st century AD. This is a plain example with a simple "omphalos," a centre indentation in the bottom that provides a finger-hold and creates a knob on the inner surface. These shallow vessels were used primarily for making libations and pouring offerings over an altar to the Gods. This example has a crack (seen in photos) and a beautiful apple-green patina. 

OBJECT: Patera vessel

CULTURE: Roman or Greek

DATE: c. 3rd century BC - 1st century AD

MATERIAL: Bronze

SIZE: 6cm high, 18cm diam. of bowl

WEIGHT:  197.1 grams

PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection, Bath.