4 June 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 17,500
Estimate USD 12,000 - USD 18,000
A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF BACCHUS
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
The youthful god with an open mouth, unarticulated eyes and a smooth forehead that merges with the bridge of his nose, his center-parted hair with two locks once falling on to his shoulders, wearing a wide fillet across his forehead and a heavy wreath in his hair of vine leaves, grapes, ivy and berries
4¾ in. (12 cm.) high
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This version of Bacchus is today known as the Horti Lamiani type. For a similar example, see no. 123 in Gasparri, "Dionysos" in LIMC.
By descent to the current owner from his father who collected between 1920 and his death in 1970.
THE PROPERTY OF A FLORIDA PRIVATE COLLECTOR