9 December 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 32,500
Estimate USD 15,000 - USD 20,000
A PALMYRENE LIMESTONE BUST OF A PRIEST
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
From a funerary relief, the deceased depicted frontally, wearing a tunic with decorative detail at the collar, and a mantle with U-shaped folds, secured at the shoulder by a circular brooch, a cylindrical crown atop his head encircled by a laurel wreath centered by a rosette, the face with almond-shaped eyes, the irises and pupils indicated, with thin, incised brows and a long triangular nose, the full mouth with thin lips, centered within a roundel bordered by overlapping petals and beading
18½ in. (47 cm.) high
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For a similar example see no. 332, p. 297 in Fortin, Syria, Land of Civilizations.
European Private Collection, 1982.