May 8, 2009
May 8, 2009
May 8, 2009
May 8, 2009

Wolf-Head Barge Fixture

Wolf-Head Barge Fixture

AD 1-100

Bronze

Overall: 21.9 x 16.8 cm (8 5/8 x 6 5/8 in.)

Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1985.51

Location

Did you know?

The wolf is an important symbol of Rome, having reared its mythical founders, Romulus and Remus.

Description

This snarling wolf head is closely similar to others that were attached to a luxurious pleasure barge moored on Lake Nemi, near Rome. The ship was designed as a floating platform for elaborate parties, and included impressive bronze fittings to ornament the wooden structure. Beam ends were capped with lion, panther, and wolf heads, each with a large bronze ring between its teeth.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Roman
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Bronze

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