An important and very interest cast bronze fragment of a foot , depicting the 4th and the little toe, whereby the little toe is slightly retracted. This fragment would have been part of a larger-than-life statue representing a dignitary or male deity.
The fragment was broken off in antiquity, as can be seen by the even patination of the bronze, whereby the fracture surface has become nicely smoothened and equally patinated with the rest of the piece.
The bronze has obtained a so-called "Tiber Patina" typical for bronze objects or coins found in anaerobic water such as the bottom of the Tiber River and characterized by a natural subdued brassy color with very light pitting evenly over the surface.
Roman Empire. 1st- early 2nd century A.D.
Provenance: private collection Mr. J.D. (Brussels, Belgium)
Dimensions: length 11,5cm ; length of the 4th toe 9cm ; width 8,5cm ; height 5,5cm