• Antiquities auction at Christies

    Sale 5487

    Antiquities

    29 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 67

    A ROMAN BRONZE MALE FIGURE

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C./A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A ROMAN BRONZE MALE FIGURE
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C./A.D.
    Possibly an athlete or Hermes, standing with weight on his right leg, with well-defined muscular torso, head turned to the right, the top with slight depression, the face framed by tightly curled hair, mounted
    7 3/8 in. (18.8 cm.) high


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    The contrapposto pose recalls Greek ideals. Figures based on the Greek model with the attributes of Hermes were popular throughout the Roman Period. Cf. D. G. Mitten & S. F. Doeringer, Master Bronzes from the Classical World, Mainz am Rhein, 1968, no. 247. The subject could be identified as Hermes because of the central depression on the top of his head, suggesting it may once have been surmounted by his characteristic winged petasos.

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    Provenance

    Formerly in the collection of M. C. P. T., Nantes, France, acquired circa 1960.
    Accompanied by a French passport.