Ancient Roman Bronze Furniture Mount

An Unusual Ancient Roman Bronze Furniture Mount Cast in the Form of an Upright Thumb, probably from a ‘Klinai’ or banqueting couch
1st – 2nd Century AD
Size: 8.5cm high, 6cm wide, 4.5cm deep – 3¼ ins high, 2¼ ins wide, 1¾ ins deep
Couches made of wood with bronze mounts were used in classical times for sleeping, reading and writing as well as for dining and the entertaining of guests. This was done in a reclining position with the left arm leaning on cushions and was a custom adopted from ancient Greece. This bronze mount would probably have been applied to the upper end of a curved arm rest called a ‘fulcrum’, the thumb perhaps a votive reference to Dionysus, the God of wine and good living. It may have been used as a convenient hook for clothing or weaponry.

Ancient Roman Bronze Furniture Mount

Main image

SOLD

Mini image
Mini image

ENQUIRIES

+44 (0) 207 689 7500

+44 (0)7836 684133
+44 (0)7768 236921

enquiries@finch-and-co.co.uk
Mini image
Mini image

ENQUIRIES

+44 (0) 207 689 7500

+44 (0)7836 684133
+44 (0)7768 236921

enquiries@finch-and-co.co.uk