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A MYSTERIOUS MINERVA
And then over a period of about 18 months, on eBay.........
Oh dear me!
They are so similar, apart from the size, that I'd say that the second one has been made from a mould taken of the first. When pieces are replicated in this way one does see a shrinkage in size; though in this case the shrinkage is rather more than I would have expected.
But the first one canot have been the master copy for the second as it's been here for a while and before that was apparenty in an old collection!
One can only presume that both come from the same family of moulds and that both are fakes.
There is a litlle industry starting up out there!
And of course, sooner or later this was going to happen!
I created the above about 18 months ago.
I now have interesting further information to report.
Although my interim opinion wast that both the obvious fake and the much nicer one I had had here for some time were both fakes from the same "series" I had continued to be unsure if the green one had been copied from the black one.
Remember that the black one does seem to have lost it's hands while the green one appears to have been cast from a mould made by one which already didn't have hands.
I examined and photographed the two again ....
There are differences, in the bottom and in the way the helmet crest is formed.
Quite apart from similarities in small details.
But very significantly, there are small minor flaws on the black one which appear on the green one!
So what is really needed is ..............
More fake Roman bronzes I'm sorry to say............
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