• Antiquities  auction at Christies

    Sale 2232

    Antiquities

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 178

    A ROMAN GILT BRONZE BUST OF HERCULES

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A ROMAN GILT BRONZE BUST OF HERCULES
    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    The aged deified hero depicted with a full beard of individualized curling locks, his head inclined slightly to his left and downturned, with a furrowed brow and deeply-set lidded eyes, the pupils articulated, heavy bags visible below, wearing an ivy wreath in his wavy hair, the ties falling onto his shoulders, the bust nude, with his clavicles well defined, the shoulders and pectorals revealing his burly musculature, perforated at each shoulder, one rivet preserved
    5 5/8 in. (14.2 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    with Ariadne Galleries, New York, early 1990s.
    An American Private Collector; Christie's, New York, 10 December 2004, lot 595.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A MASSACHUSETTS PRIVATE COLLECTOR