An early 20thc bronze nostril from a bronze statue of a horse, mounted on a mahogany base.
This piece has a green patination, probably from it being outside.
Underneath this piece (also photographed) is the provenance from F/Lt J Jameson stating there was a bronze statue of Mussolini on horseback in Tripoli. The Royal Engineers needed some bronze & one night the statue was removed and then cut up and melted down. This nostril from the horse was acquired by F/Lt J Jameson in 1944 while he was stationed there.
Mussolini travelled to Libya in 1937.
This is a rare & important piece of Libyan history & quite interesting with the present problems in Libya.
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