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    Sale 12256

    Antiquities

    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 47

    A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF HERCULES

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.

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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF HERCULES
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.
    The aged hero depicted with curly hair and a full beard, with a small mouth below a thick mustache, a large nose and a ridged brow, his almond-shaped eyes with articulated lids
    2 ¼ in. (5.7 cm.) high


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    This depiction of Hercules is based on a Greek 4th century B.C. sculpture by Lysippos known as the Farnese Hercules, which is known to modern audiences from the 3rd century A.D. copy in the National Museum in Naples. Colloquially known as the "Weary" Hercules, the type shows the hero resting after the completion of his twelfth and final labor.

    Special Notice

    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Provenance

    with the Hilton Hotel Antique Shop, Istanbul.
    Acquired by the current owner from the above, 1966; thence by descent.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A SWISS PRIVATE COLLECTION