• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 169

    A ROMAN BRONZE SERAPIS

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

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    A ROMAN BRONZE SERAPIS
    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    Depicted with the characteristic full curly forked beard and long downturned mustache, his wavy hair falling to his shoulders, a fringe of four vertical locks across his forehead, wearing a tunic with well-defined folds under a mantle draped over his left shoulder, his head surmounted by a tall conical modius decorated with olive branches, the bust emerging from an acanthus stemmed foot
    4½ in. (11.4 cm.) high


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    This bust is based on the colossal statue of Serapis sculpted by Bryaxis in the early 3rd century B.C. for the temple at Alexandria. Copies of this renowned sculpture were created in a variety of materials and sizes. The refurbishment of this statue by the Roman Emperor Hadrian in the 2nd century A.D. probably contributed to the popularity of Serapis and the demand for small-scale images during this period.

    Provenance

    Freiburg Private Collection, late 1980s.
    with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 2007.


    Pre-Lot Text

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