This lively dancing bear—known in the literature as the Brummer Bear— is a late Roman work in bronze and has a distinguished history of ownership. The figure is seated with its hind legs pointing straight out from the body. Its right limb is turned so the the bottom of its right paw is visible. The bear’s raised front legs paw at the air and are treated more like arms. This feature and the creature’s upturned gaze lend an anthropomorphic quality to the animal. The body is wonderfully shaggy with tufts of fur swirling about. As this piece was used as a balsamarium, the head is hinged at the back, effectively separating the upper and lower jaws. Two lugs were used to attach a chain for suspension.