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    Sale 1915

    Antiquities

    6 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 186

    A ROMAN MARBLE DIANA VENATRIX

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

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    A ROMAN MARBLE DIANA VENATRIX
    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    The goddess of the hunt in motion to the left, her right leg in profile, the left leg and torso turned frontal, wearing high boots and a short, sleeveless, high-belted chiton, the belt knotted below her breasts, the diaphanous fabric revealing the form of her body, the overfold and hem billowing, a mantle draped over her left arm, her quiver over her right shoulder, her hunting dog running to the left behind her, with a hare along the left edge of the integral plinth
    33½ in. (85 cm.) high


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    This version of Diana Venatrix is closely related in style to a marble in Palazzo Rospigliosi, Rome (see no. 274 in Kahil, "Artemis" in LIMC). The type is thought to be based on a Hellenistic original. It is known in nearly thirty Roman copies, and may be associated with the Attalid dedications in Athens and Pergamon. For an Artemis of Rospigliosi type found in Pergamon, see p. 292 in Ridgway, Hellenistic Sculpture I, The Styles of ca. 331-200 B.C..

    Provenance

    with Merrin Gallery, New York, 1990.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM AN AMERICAN COLLECTION