5 June 2014
A GREEK MARBLE HEAD OF A GODDESS
HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C.
Over-lifesized, sculpted with a smooth spade-shaped forehead that merges with the bridge of the nose, the unarticulated eyes deeply set, with heavy upper lids, the inner canthi prominent, the brows overhanging at the outer corners, the full lips parted, revealing the upper row of teeth, the chin rounded, preserving traces of the hair once pulled over the tops of the ears; converted in the 18th century or earlier into a Madonna by the addition of center-parted wavy hair and a veil of veined brown alabaster (alabastro a tartaruga)
13 in. (33 cm.) high
with Mario Springolo, Rome.
Ancient Art, Auction 8, Myers/Adams, New York, 10 October 1974, lot 7.
with Inter-River Trading Company, New York, 1975.
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For the style and in particular the treatment of the eyes, compare the marble head of Artemis, p. 442 in G.P. Carratelli, The Western Greeks. For alabastro a tartaruga see p. 151 in G. Borghini, et al., Marmi antichi.
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