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    Sale 2174

    Antiquities

    3 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 174

    A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A MAN

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

    Price Realised  

    A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A MAN
    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
    Lifesized, likely depicting a Hellenistic prince, perhaps a late Ptolemy, lifesized, his head turned to his left and tilted slightly upwards, his short wavy locks brushed forward and bound in a fillet, knotted at the back, his full face with a rounded chin, the flesh sagging below, the creased forehead with arching heavy brows over the recessed almond-shaped unarticulated eyes, the small mouth with the lips slightly parted; mounted on a later bust and socle
    Head: 11¼ in. (28.6 cm.) high
    On bust and socle: 29¼ in. (74.3 cm.) high


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    Provenance

    Imported into South America by the current owner's family in the 1960s.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN