A ROMAN BRONZE EAGLE STANDARD FINIAL
Please refer to our stock # Z.28 when inquiring.
c. 1st-3rd Century CE
This finial depicts an eagle standing on an integral plinth with his chest puffed out and his wings closed behind him. Evidence of the feather detail which would have adorned the body and head of the eagle are still present on the breast and the underside of the wings. Two perforations at the base of the plinth for attachment to the standard.
In very find condition. Some weathering with excellent green and red patina.
11 x 4.5 cm (4.33 x 1.77 inches)
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Export Approval from the Israel Antiquities Authority.
A Roman legionary standard is a large pole on which insignia of the unit and the empire were displayed. A finial is the ornament which topped such a staff. So important were these standards that great lengths were taken to protect them and to recover them if lost. Various standard finals were produced during the Roman period with the eagle being the most popular and the most significant. The sign of the empire itself the eagle or Aquila, was highly prized with each legion receiving only one such finial for their unit which was carried by a special appointed “eagle bearer”.