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    Sale 2056

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    9 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 165

    A ROMAN MARBLE HYGIEIA

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

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    A ROMAN MARBLE HYGIEIA
    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    The goddess standing with her weight on her right leg, her left relaxed and bent at the knee, wearing a chiton with buttoned sleeves below a himation draped over her left shoulder and around her waist, her snake positioned over her left shoulder, originally feeding from a bowl held her in her now-missing lowered right hand, her left arm at her side, a crescentic diadem in her center-parted hair, a chignon at the back, the integral plinth with concave sides
    37 in. (93.9 cm.) high


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    This version of Hygieia, best known from the 2nd century A.D. Roman example formerly in the Hope Collection and now in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, is thought to be based on a Greek original of the 4th century B.C. The original has been variously attributed to the sculptors Cephisodotus, Scopas or Naukydes. For the Hope Hygieia see no. 2 in Waywell, The Lever and Hope Sculptures. For another example, also 2nd century A.D. in date, found near the Zapeion Hall, Athens, see no. 246 in Kaltsas, Sculpture in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens.

    Provenance

    Private Collection, Los Angeles.
    Private Collection, San Marino, California, acquired early 1990s.