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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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ANCIENT BRONZE ROMAN COIN STERLING SILVER RING
May 19, 9:00 AM MST
ANCIENT BRONZE ROMAN COIN STERLING SILVER RING
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
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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 PHALLIC AMULET
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE PHALLIC AMULET
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1001 Bid
ANCIENT BRONZE ROMAN COIN & 18K YG SIGNET RING
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
ANCIENT BRONZE ROMAN COIN & 18K YG SIGNET RING
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $800- $1,200
$4001 Bid
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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
A group of Roman bronze items
Apr 26, 10:00 AM BST
A group of Roman bronze items
by Roseberys
Est: £200- £400
£1400 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
A pair of Roman bronze wagon fittings, 1st/2nd century A.D.
May 14, 10:00 AM CEST
A pair of Roman bronze wagon fittings, 1st/2nd century A.D.
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€1,6000 Bids
A bronze equipment of a Roman barber, 2nd century A.D.
May 14, 10:00 AM CEST
A bronze equipment of a Roman barber, 2nd century A.D.
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€4,0000 Bids
Bronze figure of a griffin, Roman, 2nd - 3rd century
May 14, 10:00 AM CEST
Bronze figure of a griffin, Roman, 2nd - 3rd century
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€4800 Bids
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LARGE ROMAN BRONZE FIGURINE OF MINERVA
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
LARGE ROMAN BRONZE FIGURINE OF MINERVA
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £750- £1,500
£5000 Bids
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LATE ROMAN BRONZE RING WITH PENTAGRAM
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
LATE ROMAN BRONZE RING WITH PENTAGRAM
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
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LATE ROMAN BRONZE RING WITH PENTAGRAM
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
LATE ROMAN BRONZE RING WITH PENTAGRAM
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
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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 BRONZE PENDANT
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE PENDANT
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE SWASTIKA BROOCH
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE SWASTIKA BROOCH
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 Bids
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ROMAN BRONZE SWASTIKA HORSE HEAD BROOCH
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE SWASTIKA HORSE HEAD BROOCH
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £150- £250
£900 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
£900 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
£900 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
£900 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 ENAMELLED BROOCH
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROMAN BRONZE ENAMELLED BROOCH
by Apollo Art Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£1000 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

Sellers Who Sell Roman Bronze Antiquities


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