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    Sale 5399

    Antiquities

    30 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 95

    A GREEK TERRACOTTA HEAD OF A SATYR OR PHILOSOPHER

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C., FROM ASIA MINOR

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    A GREEK TERRACOTTA HEAD OF A SATYR OR PHILOSOPHER
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C., FROM ASIA MINOR
    Shown with receding hair, full flowing beard, snub nose, large ears and deeply furrowed brow; a terracotta head of Herakles shown mature with thick curled beard and hair, lined brow, 1st Century B.C., from Asia Minor; and a head of a youth wearing thick wreath in his hair, 3rd-1st Century B.C., all mounted on turned socles
    2¼ to 2 in. (5.6 to 5 cm.) high (3)


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    Item one, cf. L. Burn and R. Higgins, Catalogue of Greek Terracottas in the British Museum, III, London, 2001, p. 144, no. 2374, for similar, where the authors note that "the absence of a wreath allows the possibility that this is a parody of a philosopher, such as Socrates, rather than a satyr".

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    Provenance

    Property from the Collection of the Princely House of Liechtenstein; acquired by Prince Johann II (1840-1929) in the late 19th/early 20th Century.