Roman head of an eagle


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ITEMHead of an eagle
PERIOD2nd – 3rd Century A.D
DIMENSIONS95 mm x 100 mm x 135 mm
CONDITIONGood condition. Includes stand
PROVENANCEEx German private collection and galerist, acquired before 1980

The aquila, or eagle, is one the most enduring symbols of Roman civilization. While different animals and mythological creatures served as meaningful signifiers throughout the Republic and Imperial eras, the eagle continuously symbolized power and authority.

The eagle was considered majestic and transcendent, to the point that live birds were often caged on emperors’ funeral pyres. Once they broke free and flew skyward, the Romans considered it a manifestation of the deceased emperor’s transition to godhood.