04 septembre 2010

Roman & Gandhara silver from the Private Collection of Julian Sherrier @ Christie's

A Roman silver kantharos. Gandhara, circa late 1st century B.C. - early 1st century A.D. Cast and decorated in repoussé with a deep bowl in two parts, a plain inner lining and an outer case with scenes in relief, one side with a young centaur holding a young woman in his arms, the other side with a bearded centaur grasping a struggling woman, trees with leafy tops in between and an extensive pointillé inscription in Karoshti above the bearded figure, with a turned foot separately made; 4 5/8 in. (11.7 cm.) high; 435.2 g -... [Lire la suite]