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    Sale 12256

    Antiquities

    12 April 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 69

    A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF THE EMPEROR HADRIAN

    REIGN 117-138 A.D.

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    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.

    Provenance

    Petros Nascu (1900-1945), Moldova, thence by descent to Vasilis Nascu, Moldova, 1945-1985; thence by descent to the current owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A TEXAS PRIVATE COLLECTOR