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Roman Bronze Antiquities

There is no tradition quite as brilliant as that of ancient Roman bronze. Used for everything from small votive figurines to full-scale imperial portraits, Roman bronze works reflect the popularity of the medium in the ancient world as well as the skill of ancient Roman bronze workers.

The ancient Romans adopted a love for bronze from their Mediterranean neighbors, the Greeks, as well as their Tuscan predecessors, the Etruscans, who were true masters in the medium. In addition to using bronze for larger sculptural representations, the material also became prevalent for the creation of household objects, from fine mirrors, polished to a high sheen and often featuring carved accents, to candelabras and depictions of miniature household deities.

Separated from the days of their creation by thousands of years, bronze works improve with age and develop a deep green patina for which they are renowned. With many ancient bronze examples lost to history, to attain an example of Roman bronze work in quality condition is becoming increasingly difficult.


Quick Facts

  • Part of the reason ancient bronzes are lower in number is the fact that subsequent generations typically valued the medium more than the art object it conveyed. As a result, many bronzes were melted down and reused in other contexts
  • One of the most popular methods for the creation of bronze sculpture was the "lost wax" method, which resulted essentially in a shell of sculpture, rather than a solid mass. This was beneficial as it both cost and weighed less
  • One of the most famous Roman bronzes is that depicting second century Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius on horseback. Displayed outside for centuries, it now lives in Rome's Capitoline Museums

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ANCIENT ROMAN 1ST C AD BRONZE MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS
Apr 20, 10:00 AM EDT
ANCIENT ROMAN 1ST C AD BRONZE MEDICAL INSTRUMENTS
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$602 Bids
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EARLY ROMAN BRONZE MEDICAL SET
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
EARLY ROMAN BRONZE MEDICAL SET
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £750- £1,500
£3601 Bid
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ROMAN BRONZE PHALLIC AMULET
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE PHALLIC AMULET
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1001 Bid
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ROMAN BRONZE MEDUSA MASK APPLIQUE
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE MEDUSA MASK APPLIQUE
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1001 Bid
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ROMAN BRONZE RING WITH A BIRD
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE RING WITH A BIRD
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
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ROMAN LEGIONARY GLADIUS BRONZE PENDANT
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN LEGIONARY GLADIUS BRONZE PENDANT
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £150- £250
£700 Bids
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ROMAN LEGIONARY GLADIUS BRONZE PENDANT
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN LEGIONARY GLADIUS BRONZE PENDANT
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £150- £250
£700 Bids
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ROMAN LEGIONARY GLADIUS BRONZE PENDANT
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN LEGIONARY GLADIUS BRONZE PENDANT
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £150- £250
£700 Bids
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ROMAN LEGIONARY GLADIUS BRONZE PENDANT
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN LEGIONARY GLADIUS BRONZE PENDANT
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £150- £250
£700 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE SILENUS MASK APPLIQUE
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE SILENUS MASK APPLIQUE
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
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ROMAN GILDED BRONZE UMBO TYPE BROOCH
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN GILDED BRONZE UMBO TYPE BROOCH
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£2000 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE VENUS PENDANT
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE VENUS PENDANT
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE BREAD STAMP
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE BREAD STAMP
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £750- £1,500
£3600 Bids
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ROMAN INTAGLIO RING WITH INTAGLIO DEPICTING AN ARM
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN INTAGLIO RING WITH INTAGLIO DEPICTING AN ARM
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE RING WITH MOUSE
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE RING WITH MOUSE
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE EX VOTO LEG
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE EX VOTO LEG
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE RING WITH GLASS INTAGLIO
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE RING WITH GLASS INTAGLIO
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE STATUETTE OF AN INFANT
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE STATUETTE OF AN INFANT
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£2000 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE FURNITURE APPLIQUE
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE FURNITURE APPLIQUE
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE THEATRE MASK APPLIQUE
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE THEATRE MASK APPLIQUE
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE LION PENDANT
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE LION PENDANT
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE KEY RING
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE KEY RING
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE SWASTIKA BROOCH WITH HORSE HEADS
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE SWASTIKA BROOCH WITH HORSE HEADS
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£2000 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE FRAGMENT OF A FOOT
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE FRAGMENT OF A FOOT
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids

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