Overall: 21.9 x 16.8 cm (8 5/8 x 6 5/8 in.)
Leonard C. Hanna, Jr. Fund 1985.51
The wolf is an important symbol of Rome, having reared its mythical founders, Romulus and Remus.
This snarling wolf head is closely similar to others that were attached to a luxurious pleasure barge moored on Lake Nemi, near Rome. The ship was designed as a floating platform for elaborate parties, and included impressive bronze fittings to ornament the wooden structure. Beam ends were capped with lion, panther, and wolf heads, each with a large bronze ring between its teeth.
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