An extremely rare bronze figure of a youthful naked swimmer figure, thought to have connections with Paestum, Southern Italy. C. 1st Century AD. Bands of curly hair, the head tilted upwards. The body, flat with the arms extended and hands held flat; the legs and feet together. To the base a rectangular tang with hole through the centre for attachment. Acrobats in the Roman Empire were a popular form of entertainment, either at public shows, or in the homes of the wealthy. Depictions of them often occur as attachments to furniture associated with the dining room, most notably bronze lamp stands. The hole in the back of the figure points to the possibility of it being used to display a flame or to burn incense. Underneath the body of the figure is a bronze mount with a fixing whole where it could have been attached to a staff for either ceremonial or ritual purposes. A fabulous piece of Roman history. The figure is mounted on an acrylic stand for display purposes. Supplied by a modern tile purchased from the Paestum region with a reference book of Paestum museum. Size: 130mm x 50mm. Good condition. Provenance: Ex. Private Collection of Michael Green, Tiverton region, collection formed between 1970's - 2012.