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    Sale 12239

    Antiquities

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 91

    A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF CYBELE

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

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF CYBELE
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C-1ST CENTURY A.D.
    The goddess wearing a short polos with thick rim, her wavy, centrally-parted hair drawn back and bound at the nape of her neck, with two locks falling onto her shoulders, her oval face turning slightly to the right, with almond-shaped heavy-lidded unarticulated eyes, and a full-lipped slightly open mouth
    5 1/8 in. (13 cm.) high


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    Cf. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, acc. no. 22.139.24.

    Madame Gaston de Tinan, formerly Hélène 'Dolly' Bardac, was the daughter of the Parisian banker and noted collector Sigismond Bardac (1856-1919) and his wife Emma Bardac (1862-1934). Emma also had a relationship with the composer Gabriel Fauré, who wrote his Dolly Suite in the 1890s for his lover's daughter.

    Provenance

    Madame Gaston de Tinan (1892-1985) collection, France; and thence by descent to private collection, UK.