12 April 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 20,000
Estimate USD 20,000 - USD 30,000
A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF THE EMPEROR HADRIAN
REIGN 117-138 A.D.
Over-lifesized, depicted with his characteristic wavy locks combed forward, the luscious individual curls framing his face, crowned with a wreath of laurel and berries, his closely-cropped beard composed of undulating locks, his mustache enveloping his upper lip, his mouth slightly open, his oval face with deeply-set wide eyes with heavy lids, beneath gently-arching brows, his preserved left ear with a distinct crease through the lobe, the back of the head cut off
13 in. (33 cm.) high
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As K. de Kersauson explains (p. 120 in Catalogue des portraits romains, Tome II), laurel wreaths are frequent accessories on Imperial portraits from the Eastern part of the Roman Empire, as seen on a portrait head of Hadrian now at the Louvre, no. 49, op. cit.
Petros Nascu (1900-1945), Moldova, thence by descent to Vasilis Nascu, Moldova, 1945-1985; thence by descent to the current owner.
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