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A handle-ornament from a ladle or similar utensil, in the form of the head of a duck or goose

Bronze

Height: 4.5cm

Museum number: SC14

Vermeule catalogue number: Vermeule 446help-vermeule-catalogue-number

Curatorial note

This head or outer end of a Roman ladle or kindred utensil is cast in the shape of a duck or goose's head with three bands at the neck above the break. Like the ram's head handle also in Soane's collection (Museum number DR9), this is a fairly common utilitarian, ornamental shape, and there are a number of such handles in unbroken state among the bronzes in the Louvre1.

1De Ridder, II, pl. 107, no. 3030; pl. 108, no. 3060, 3069, 3073.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Unrecorded.


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