The terminal of a lamp or cauldron handle, showing the facing head of a god fine Roman bronze applique depicting the head of a god, possibly Apollo. The facial features are of fine style, the pupils deeply recessed and would originally have been inlaid, possibly with silver. finely detailed, with one able to make out even the pupils. The hair is finely coiffured hair framing his face. Hollow backed.
Circa 2nd-3rd century AD.
Very Fine condition. Good metalwork with attractive patination and attention to detail.
Height 5.1 cms (2 ins).
In art Apollo was depicted as a handsome, beardless youth with long hair and attributes such as a wreath and branch of laurel, bow and quiver of arrows, raven, and lyre. He had many functions and was the God of the sun, archery, truth, healing and diseases, music and dance, poetry, truth and prophecy and knowledge, but he is best known as the god of the Sun.