4 June 2015
A ROMAN MARBLE CUIRASSED BUST
CIRCA LATE 1ST-EARLY 2ND CENTURY A.D.
Wearing a pleated tunic beneath the cuirass, a paludamentum fastened on the left shoulder with a knobbed circular brooch, the cuirass decorated with the head of Medusa, her snaky locks radiating from her head, with spread wings in her hair and two snake tails knotted below her chin
16 ½ in. (42 cm.) high
with Emmanuel Segredakis, Paris.
Private Collection, Europe, 1930s.
Antiquities, Christie's, London, 25 October 2006, lot 139.
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For a similar rendering of Medusa on a cuirass worn by Trajan, see no. 173, p. 211 in D.E.E. Kleiner, Roman Sculpture.
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