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    Sale 5399

    Antiquities

    30 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 169

    A ROMAN MARBLE RECLINING FIGURE OF A RIVER GOD

    PROBABLY CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

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    A ROMAN MARBLE RECLINING FIGURE OF A RIVER GOD
    PROBABLY CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
    The bearded god reclines on his left side, leaning on an overturned urn, the mouth of which is pierced through to the base, with a laden cornucopia resting in his left arm, an himation wrapped around his legs and draped up across his back and left shoulder, wearing a wreath in his long hair
    33 in. (84 cm.) long


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    Decorative sculptures of river gods were found all over the Roman Mediterranean world in both public spaces and private villas. They were often displayed in niches and used as fountain figures; the water would emerge from the mouth of the overturned urn.

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    Provenance

    European private collection, acquired in the 1980s.