• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 136

    A ROMAN BRONZE ODYSSEUS

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

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    A ROMAN BRONZE ODYSSEUS
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
    The hero depicted nude, lunging forward on his left leg, the right extending back, his muscular torso twisted, his arms bent, the right held forth, the left pulled back at the shoulder, his head turned sharply to his right, wearing his characteristic conical pilos helmet high on his head, with a full beard and thick curls framing his face
    5 in. (12.7 cm.) high


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    Odysseus' stance recalls his position on the massive sculptural group of the Blinding of Polyphemus from Sperlonga. See fig. 10 in Buitron, et al., The Odyssey and Ancient Art.

    Provenance

    with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1995 (Art of the Ancient World, vol. VIII, part 2, no. 37).


    Pre-Lot Text

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