Mule's head from a fulcrum Bronze and iron Roman, 1st century BC-1st century AD H 9.5 x W 13 cm Condition: the fulcrum was attached to the klinē with two iron pins at the backside Unbroken; tip of right ear and small part of mane missing Provenance: collection M. S., Vienna, acquired from Dr. A. A., Munich, in the late 1970s-1980s. ALR S00149945
This mule´s head would originally have decorated a side of the headrest of a Roman klinē (couch), more precisely the upper part of the headrest support (fulcrum). The head is depicted with open mouth with incised teeth. At the upper head a decorative ornament; a part of the mane tied in a bunch and bound with a ribbon; incised decoration for the hairs of the mane; muscles and folds of skin on the curving neck are carefully characterized. Below the mule´s neck a collar and a panther's skin with pow.