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A ROMAN GILT-BRONZE BUST OF A DIOSCURUS
PROPERTY FROM A GERMAN PRIVATE COLLECTION
A ROMAN GILT-BRONZE BUST OF A DIOSCURUS

CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.

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A ROMAN GILT-BRONZE BUST OF A DIOSCURUS
CIRCA 1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
5 ½ in. (14 cm.) high
Provenance
with N. Koutoulakis (1910-1995), Paris and Geneva.
Christos G. Bastis, New York, prior to 1987.
The Christos G. Bastis Collection; Sotheby's, New York, 9 December 1999, lot 128.
Antiquities, Christie's, New York, 5 December 2012, lot 76.
Literature
D. von Bothmer, et al., Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis, New York, 1987, no. 138.
Exhibited
New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Antiquities from the Collection of Christos G. Bastis, 20 November 1987 - 10 January 1988.

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The style and pathos exhibited in this bust, as well as the idealized features and the upswept tresses, are, as D. von Bothmer notes (op. cit., p. 234), "strongly influenced by those associated with Alexander the Great." The intense turn of the head is related to other depictions of the Dioscuri, most famously found in the twins from the Temple of Castor and Pollux at the Circus Flaminius in Rome, now placed at the edge of Michelangelo's Campidoglio (see no. 57, p. 494 in F. Gury, "Dioskouroi/Castores," in LIMC, Vol. III). This can be interpreted as a double heroic allusion to both the Dioscuri and Alexander, imbuing the viewer and the owner with this epic connection. The extensive gilding, the impressive size, and the martial nature of the subject suggest that it may have been suited for a triumphal or Imperial context.

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