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    Sale 12239

    Antiquities

    6 July 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 88

    A ROMAN MARBLE RELIEF HEAD OF MELEAGER

    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A ROMAN MARBLE RELIEF HEAD OF MELEAGER
    CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    Probably from a sarcophagus panel depicting the Calydonian boar hunt in high relief, the head twisted, gazing to his left, articulated eyes beneath a low brow, his lips parted, his curling hair tied with a narrow fillet
    6 ¼ in. (16 cm.) high


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    Regarded as second only to Herakles in his abilities, Meleager was the youngest of the Argonauts. He returned safe from his travels but his life was still to be short. In revenge for his father forgetting his sacrifices to her, Artemis unleashed a fearsome boar in his homeland, and Meleager took a leading role in the hunt which became known as the Calydonian boar hunt and which ultimately led to his own death. For similar, see S. Woodford, 'Meleagros', LIMC VI, Zurich and Munich, 1992, no. 121-4.


    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Dorotheum, Vienna, 6 December 1997, lot 22.
    with Charles Ede, London.
    Private collection, UK.


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