For your consideration is a Stunning Pair of Rare Pompeian Bronze Polychrome Bookends of Homer's Iliad! They measure a massive 8 1/2" tall, 8 1/2" long and 6" wide, weighing in at a whopping 11 pounds each! If you are not familiar with Homer's Iliad, it is one of the two ancient Greek epic poems, written during the 8th Century, B.C. It depicts events of the final year of the Trojan War, the siege of the city of Troy by the Greeks (specifically the famed Greek warrior, Achilles, and the great Trojan Prince Hector.) If you are not a history buff, this may sound familiar to you because of the 2004 movie "Troy" with Brad Pitt, which was based on Homer's Iliad. More information can be found at the Wikipedia page for the Iliad, : /wiki/Iliad The bookends are in their estate condition, having been removed from a fantastic Boston area estate and have not been cleaned or altered by myself. They are constructed of a bronze skin with polychrome paint with a plaster type reinforcement under the bronze. One of the bookends is in near perfect condition for the age, while the other does have a repair on the neck of one of the horses. As you can see in the pictures, something caused one of the horses necks to break and it has been partially repaired, so it is not loose, but could use some finishing work to the bronze skin if you want it to be perfect. However, as you can see, it's very tough to even notice the previous damage, so I don't feel it really detracts much from these stunning and rare bookends! Please look at the high resolution picture and bid according to your own judgment! Preview is available in person at Odds & End Tables in Riverside, Rhode Island.
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