Lot 194: Roman Cockerel Statuette
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 1st century AD. A silver figurine of a standing cockerel with textured plumage. Cf. Rolland, H. Bronzes Antiques de Haute Provence, Paris, 1965, items 278, 279. 27 grams, 38mm (1 1/2"). Property of a private collector; acquired before 1975. The piece most likely comes from a larger figural group of the god Mercury standing, holding a caduceus and money bag, and with a cockerel and goat at his feet. The cockerel is the herald of the new day and with Mercury as the patron god of merchants this symbolised the new opportunities in business.
Condition Report: Very fine condition.