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A.D. 100–200



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104.2 × 78.7 × 76.2 cm (41 × 31 × 30 in.)

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Large bronze statue of an eagle, with wings partially open, and head turned to the viewer's left. The eagle's left leg is raised, probably to hold a globe or thunderbolt. The feathers are carefully delineated with incisions, and take different shapes and forms on the body, head, leg and wings. Cast in several parts (head and neck; wings made separately and inserted; end of wings made separately and inserted; body; end of tail (now missing)). The eagle is far too large to have been an attribute, and it has been suggested that it stood on a column. The end of the tail and the right foot are missing. The tip of the left wing is completely restored.


Robert E. Hecht, Jr., American, 1919 - 2012


Robin Symes, Limited, founded 1977, dissolved 2005

- 1972

French and Company, Inc., sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972.

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