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    Sale 12256

    Antiquities

    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 34

    A GREEK MARBLE HEAD

    HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C.

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    A GREEK MARBLE HEAD
    HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C.
    Lifesized, the oval face with heavy-lidded almond-shaped eyes, full fleshy lips and a rounded chin, his cheeks with subtle naso-labial folds, his thick wavy locks falling along the proper right side of the head, the top of the head roughly finished, with a deeply-drilled mortise for attachment of separately-made element, possibly a crown
    8 1/8 in. (20.5 cm.) high


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    This head recalls a portrait of Alexander the Great at the Getty (see p. 25 in K. Lapatin and K.B. White, eds., The J.Paul Getty Museum, Handbook of the Antiquities Collection). The round, fleshy face and curling leonine locks also recall a bust thought to be the god Eubuleus, found in Eleusis and now in Athens (see no. 555, in N. Kaltsas, Sculpture in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens). It has been hypothesized that this Eubuleus head is also an idealized portrait of Alexander rather than a depiction of the god.

    Provenance

    with Boris Mussienko, Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
    Acquired by the current owner from the above, 1980.