• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 89

    A GREEK BRONZE APPLIQUÉ

    ARCHAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 550 B.C.

    Price Realised  

    A GREEK BRONZE APPLIQUÉ
    ARCHAIC PERIOD, CIRCA 550 B.C.
    Composed of thick hammered sheet, in the form of a warrior in profile to the right, armed in a corselet and Corinthian helmet with a high fanning crest, its rear tip falling behind his right arm, which is extended back, likely originally holding a spear, his left arm bent at the elbow and held forth, likely once strapped to a shield, with a large lidded eye, prominent nose and pointed chin, three plaits of hair falling along his neck; a pin on the reverse for attachment
    4¾ in. (12.1 cm.) high


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    Mitten, op. cit., identifies two close parallels: one on a relief group in the Pesaro Museum and one from the frieze of the Vix krater. For these examples, see pls. II,1 and II,2, in Mitten, op. cit.

    Provenance

    Münzen und Medallen, Basel, Auktion 22, 13 May 1961, lot 67.
    Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge.
    Jean-David Cahn, Basel, Auction 5, 23 September 2005, lot 393.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. & MRS. CHARLES W. NEWHALL, III


    Literature

    D.G. Mitten, "An Archaic Bronze Relief of a Hoplite in the McDaniel Collection," in Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, vol. 67, 1963, pp. 303-306.