Tuesday, 19 July 2022

German farmer awarded $904k for Roman horse head

Authorities paid a farmer 773k euros ($904k) for a bronze horse head dating to Roman times found on his land in 2009. The head, part of a statue of the emperor Augustus, was found in Lahnau in western Germany.
The life-sized bronze Roman horse's head was found at the bottom of a well. The cast-bronze head, which weighs 25 kilograms, is among the best-preserved Roman bronzes in the world. It was once covered in gold leaf. A depiction of Mars, the god of war, on the horse's halter make it the mount of an important figure. The state initially paid 48k euros for the relic.
Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius in the Capitoline Museum, Rome 176-180 CE
Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck 2 BC-AD 12.

13-14 AD. Laureate head of Augustus.
Augustus ruled from 16 January 27 BC until his death 19 August AD 14.