RARE IMPERIAL ROMAN CAST BRONZE BALSAMARIUM IN THE FORM OF A CALIGA

(a soldier’s sandal)

 

Not without wit, the Roman bronze workshops might have produced this luxury object to hold some fine emollient for soothing and softening the feet.

 

1st–early 3rd Century AD

 

Height: 8.2 cm.     (3 1/4 in.)

Width: 13 cm.     (5 1/8 in.)

 

Ex: British gallery, late 1960s. British private collection of B.C., before 1982.

 

#5740

 

Published: 

Antiquarium, Ltd.; Ancient Treasures XIX. (London, 2020) p.37

 

 

 

Comparanda:

Sas, Kathy & Hugo Thoen (eds.); Schone Schijn: Brillance et Prestige (Leuven, 2002) p.216 no.183 (Musée des Antiquités Nationales, Saint- Germain-en-Laye, France,  acc. no. 75452)

 

Gallo-Romeins Museum Tongeren, Belgium accession no. GRM 4523.

 

 

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