Bronze Head of a Man with an Elephant Scalp

Culture: Roman
Period: 2nd century A.D.
Material: Bronze
Dimensions: 3 cm high
Price: 1 200 Euro
Ref: 3504
Provenance: From the private estate of the Parisian art dealer François Antonovich (1934-2023), acquired in the 1970s.
Condition: Intact
Description: Bronze head of a man, who wears an elephant scalp. The man with a far protruding, strong chin and large eyes with hallmarked pupils. The trunk of the elephant is raised and decorated with transverse grooves, the ears protruding. On the back wavy incised fur depiction. Originally Alexander the Great was depicted with an elephant scalp. This form of presentation is a reminiscence to his successes in India. During the Roman period the elephant scalp symbolized either the personification of Alexandria or Africa, the exact interpretation is still being discussed in research. The head with an open bottom served as a furniture decoration. Possibly from Alexandria. Mounted.