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    Sale 12256

    Antiquities

    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 58

    A ROMAN MARBLE DRAPED WOMAN

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

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    Estimate

    A ROMAN MARBLE DRAPED WOMAN
    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    Lifesized, depicted standing with her weight on her left leg, the right bent at the knee, clad in two layers, her tunic falling to the floor in deep vertical folds, the palla wrapped around her body in diagonal folds, one end of the palla falling over her left shoulder and crossing her torso, with a deep mortise for the separately-made head and one for attachment of the now-missing right arm
    62 ½ in. (158.8 cm.) high


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    The arrangement of the drapery recalls that seen on the "large Herculaneum Woman," named for one of the three marbles discovered there by Johann Winckelmann in 1755 and now in Dresden. The type is known from numerous Roman versions, often employed for private portraiture, but traces its origins to the 4th century B.C. For the most recent discussion see J. Daehner, The Herculaneum Women, History, Context, Identities, especially pl. 1.

    Provenance

    Private Corporation, Tarrytown, New York.
    Private Collection, New York, acquired from the above, 1984.
    Acquired by the current owner from the above, 2015.