Small roman charioteer, bronze, old?

jparr64August 1, 2013

I need help identifying this item from an estate sale. It is not cast iron and I'm having a difficult time finding a similar one anywhere on the Internet....anyone seen this before?
Thanks

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lazy_gardens

Roman "Biga" ... 2-horse racing chariot

It could be a tourist souvenier, it could be the real thing.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2013 at 11:48PM
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jparr64

Okay, thanks, do you have any idea on what it is made of? I guess I'll see whether it is still worth researching once I can get an idea on a value if it was real.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2013 at 9:32AM
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lazy_gardens

If it were a real, legitimate Roman artifact ... several hundred dollars even without any provenance.

I can't tell what it's made of without handling it.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2013 at 1:59PM
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jparr64

okay, thanks very much. I'll keep looking for a similar one until I get a chance to take it to a dealer.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2013 at 8:37PM
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jparr64

Still need help on this one, haven't had time to take it to a dealer. Any new folks want to chime in. Thanks to Lazygardens, I now know it is a Roman Biga two horse chariot. I'm curious as to why I can't find anything close to it anywhere on the Internet.

Thanks!.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2013 at 7:11PM
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jemdandy

If it is the real deal, the patina color is that of a copper based metal such as bronze. Do not remove the patina; it is part of the value.

Judging from the pose of the driver, at one time, there may have been reins in his hands running to the horses' mouths.

    Bookmark   August 24, 2013 at 12:40AM
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jparr64

Yes it appear he did have reins. Still haven't found a similar one anywhere,,,,will keep looking. I won't attempt to clean it up just in case.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2013 at 7:54PM
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jparr64

This couldn't just be a souvenir could it? I bought it at an estate sale with other nice stuff....but just wondering.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 8:02AM
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linnea56

It could be: you see cast bronze ones in roman tourist shops, of varying quality.

    Bookmark   October 14, 2013 at 3:14PM
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