Impressive Roman Marble  Eagle


14110. Impressive Roman Marble Eagle

Circa 3rd to 4th Century AD

Large regal bird standing on an integral trapezoidal base, the wings crossing over the tail, with a short rounded beak and inset eyes, thick feathers densely covering the legs, breast, neck and wings. Size: 17 inches Length + custom mount. The eagle with its keen eyes symbolized courage, strength and immortality, but is also considered “king of the skies” and messenger of the highest Gods. In ancient Rome, the eagle, or aquila, was the standard of a Roman legion. Each legion carried one eagle. Eagles were associated with the elite class and the power they wielded. Provenance: Estate of George R. Francoeur, Chicago. Sotheby’s, London, July 8, 1991, Lot 382; Christie’s, New York, June 16, 2006, Lot 291

Compare with a stylistically similar example in The J Paiul Getty Museum, Malibu CA, (72.AB.151 in bronze)

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