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Lot 77: Roman Statue Hand with Mappa

Antiquities: Day 1

by TimeLine Auctions

December 6, 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: 3rd-4th century AD. A life size bronze left hand with the forefinger and thumb slightly extended, the other fingers bent around a mappa, or ceremonial cloth; mounted on a custom-made stand. 723 grams, 14cm (5 1/2"). Property of a European gentleman living in London; acquired in the UK before 1980. The Mappa was originally the white napkin dropped by an emperor or magistrate as a starting signal at the Circus. In late Roman iconography it came to be a used as one of the principal attributes of the consuls.

Condition Report: Fine condition.

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