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    Sale 12239

    Antiquities

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 81

    A ROMAN MARBLE ARCHAISTIC HEAD OF A KORE

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

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    A ROMAN MARBLE ARCHAISTIC HEAD OF A KORE
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
    The head slightly turned to the right, with heart-shaped face, delicate lidded eyes and small smiling mouth, her hair arranged in three rows of tight snail curls around her forehead, a high crescentic diadem above, her hair pulled back into a loose bun at the nape of her neck, with remains of tendrils falling onto her shoulders, wearing large rosette earrings
    12 ¾ in. (32.4 cm.) high


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    See 'Archaistic statue of a maiden', the Lever collection, G. B. Waywell, The Lever and Hope Sculptures, Berlin, 1986, no. 4, pl. 5 and 'Statue of Peplophoros with Archaising Head', Hope collection, ibid., no. 18, pl. 51 for two other heads in the archaising style dating to 1st Century B.C.-1st Century A.D. The archaistic style became popular in the Augustan period, with archaistic statuary appearing on coins of Augustus and becoming, to a certain degree, synonymous with Imperial rule. At the dawn of the Roman imperial period, a new artistic programme was sought, and 'all Greek styles, archaic, classical, and Hellenistic were combined to create a new Roman art' (M. Bieber, Sculpture of the Hellenistic Age, New York, 1981, p. 182). The emergent style reflected Roman admiration of Greek artistic achievements, yet this cultural appropriation also demonstrated Rome's supplanting of Greece as the dominant political and cultural force in the Mediterranean.

    Provenance

    Roger Vivier collection, Paris.
    Anonymous sale; Drouot-Richelieu, Paris, 16 April 1978, lot 15.
    Chieko Takowaki collection, until 2012.