Roman large bronze zodiac Capricorn figureR13
A large bronze furniture applique in the form of a rearing Capricorn with cast and incised decoration.
The Zodiac Capricorn constellation was first recorded in the 2nd Century BC but it was not until the reign of Augustus that depictions of Capricorns entered the repertoire of Roman art. Coins of Augustus often featured a Capricorn on the reverse and it came to symbolise the idea of prosperity and government of the world by the Roman emperor.
The Capricorn is depicted as the fore-parts of a horned goat with the tail of a fish or sea-crustacean.
Roman, 1st to 3rd Century AD
8.3 x 14 cms, 12.2 cms height of stand
Fragment with losses as shown, supplied with a perspex display stand.
Ex. collection: Anthony Powell, London, UK (1935-2021). Anthony Powell was a triple Oscar-winner for his costume designs for films such as Death on the Nile and Indiana Jones.