Lot 275: Roman Phalera with Alexander the Great
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 3rd-4th century AD. A slightly domed bronze discoid military phalera with incised concentric circles, applied central repoussé plaque with image of a horseman with one raised arm and hunting dog beneath the steed; central hole to the reverse. See Stephenson, I.P. Roman Infantry Equipment: The Later Empire, Stroud, 1999, for discussion; Stewart, A. Faces of Power: Alexander's Image and Hellenistic Politics, California, 1993. 32 grams, 85mm (3 1/2"). UK art market, acquired prior to 1980. The image is of Alexander the Great on his favourite horse, Bucephalus, accompanied by his dog, Peritas. A similar image to this one can be seen on the so called Alexander sarcophagus now in the Istanbul Archaeology Museum, as well as a decorative ivory applique from a couch found in the tomb of Philip II.
Condition Report: Fine condition.