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    Sale 12257

    Antiquities

    25 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 99

    A ROMAN GILT-BRONZE BUST OF A DIOSCURUS

    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A ROMAN GILT-BRONZE BUST OF A DIOSCURUS
    CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
    5 ½ in. (14 cm.) high


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    The style and pathos exhibited in this bust, as well as the idealized features and the upswept tresses, are, as D. von Bothmer notes (op. cit., p. 234), "strongly influenced by those associated with Alexander the Great." The intense turn of the head is related to other depictions of the Dioscuri, most famously found in the twins from the Temple of Castor and Pollux at the Circus Flaminius in Rome, now placed at the edge of Michelangelo's Campidoglio (see no. 57, p. 494 in F. Gury, "Dioskouroi/Castores," in LIMC, Vol. III). This can be interpreted as a double heroic allusion to both the Dioscuri and Alexander, imbuing the viewer and the owner with this epic connection. The extensive gilding, the impressive size, and the martial nature of the subject suggest that it may have been suited for a triumphal or Imperial context.

    Provenance

    with N. Koutoulakis (1910-1995), Paris and Geneva.
    Christos G. Bastis, New York, prior to 1987.
    The Christos G. Bastis Collection; Sotheby's, New York, 9 December 1999, lot 128.
    Antiquities, Christie's, New York, 5 December 2012, lot 76.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A GERMAN PRIVATE COLLECTION


    Literature

    D. von Bothmer, et al., Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis, New York, 1987, no. 138.


    Exhibited

    New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis, 20 November 1987 - 10 January 1988.