Horatius Cocles

Horatius Cocles

Renaissance Plaquette, Horatius Cocles defends the Ponte Sublico,
“Now who will stand on either hand, And keep the bridge with me?”

A small oval gilt-bronze plaquette, 15th century, unsigned and seemingly unrecorded, an equestrian figure of Cocles, lance raised, central on the bridge, attackers and defenders to either side35 x 29mm. 
 

The gilding worn away from high spots, traces of ancient verdigris damage, very fine.
 
Note:            A small plaquette perhaps once intended for insertion into a box. Horatius Cocles was in command of the Pons Sublicius when, in c 506/505 BC, the Etruscans through sheer numbers broke the Roman defence.
 

£180.00