12 April 2016,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 20,000
Estimate USD 7,000 - USD 9,000
A ROMAN MARBLE SARCOPHAGUS FRAGMENT
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
Sculpted in high relief, preserving a reclining female figure in back view, nude but for a mantle draped over her legs and over her proper left arm on which she leans, her slender body with well-defined buttocks and an articulated spine, her head dramatically turned and gazing upwards, with wavy hair bound in a chignon at the nape of her neck, a wheel, likely from a chariot, preserved in the background and a snaky tendril, preserved above her abdomen
23 in. (58.4 cm.) long
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For a similar scene from a sarcophagus depicting the rape of Persephone now in the Capitoline Museum, see no. 205 in G. Koch and H. Sichtermann, Römische Sarkophage.
with The Folio Society, London.
Private Collection, Virginia, acquired from the above, 1986; thence by descent to the current owner.
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