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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 197

    A BYZANTINE MARBLE PORTRAIT OF A MAN

    CIRCA EARLY 5TH CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A BYZANTINE MARBLE PORTRAIT OF A MAN
    CIRCA EARLY 5TH CENTURY A.D.
    Of gray-streaked marble, his oval face with pronounced, rounded cheekbones, a slender nose and parted lips, his unarticulated eyes sunken and narrow, with heavy upper lids and smooth, modelled brows, his hair receding at the center, with coarse, curving locks splaying along either side of a thick central lock combed forward at the peak of his high forehead, the locks defined by deeply cut channels, the ears prominent
    6¼ in. (15.8 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; G. Hirsch Nachfolger, Munich, 7-10 February 1996, lot 1238.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A U.S. PRIVATE COLLECTOR