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    25 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 46

    AN EGYPTIAN ENCAUSTIC ON WOOD MUMMY PORTRAIT OF A BEARDED MAN

    HADRIANIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

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    Estimate

    AN EGYPTIAN ENCAUSTIC ON WOOD MUMMY PORTRAIT OF A BEARDED MAN
    HADRIANIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    12 ¼ in. (31.1 cm.) long


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    The careworn expression and somewhat unkempt hair suggest that this man might have been a solider. His plain white tunic however shows no military accouterments, which may be a result of the damage to his left shoulder. Like the female portrait also from the Mosse collection, this piece can be dated to the Hadrianic period based on the hairstyle and facial hair.

    Provenance

    Rudolf Mosse (1843-1920), Berlin; thence by descent to his daughter, Felicia Lachmann-Mosse.
    Seized by the Nazi Party in 1933.
    Kunstsammlung Rudolf Mosse, Berlin; Rudolph Lepke Kunst-Auctions-Haus, Berlin, 29-30 May 1934, lot 158 (part).
    Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970), author of All's Quiet on the Western Front, and his wife Paulette Goddard-Remarque, Germany and Switzerland, 1934-1979.
    The University of Zurich, acquired from the above, 1979.
    Restituted to the Mosse Art Restitution Project, Berlin, 2015.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY RECENTLY RESTITUTED TO THE HEIRS OF RUDOLF MOSSE


    Literature

    R.D. Gempeler, Werke der Antike im Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, 1976, p. 110, no. 4, fig. 30d.
    B. Borg, Mumienporträts, Chronologie und kultureller Kontext, Mainz, 1996, p. 72.
    K. Parlasca and H.G. Frenz, Ritratti di Mummie, Serie B -Volume IV, Repertorio d'Arte dell'Egitto Greco-Romano, Rome, 2003, no. 379, pl. IX.