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    Sale 2007

    Antiquities

    4 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 262

    A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF BACCHUS

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    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.

    Provenance

    By descent to the current owner from his father who collected between 1920 and his death in 1970.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A FLORIDA PRIVATE COLLECTOR