9 December 2008
A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF A NYMPH
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
With her head turned to her left, her wavy hair center parted and pulled back above the ears, the small heavy-lidded eyes beneath modelled brows, the eyes unarticulated, with a small nose, the lips parted revealing teeth, wearing a tunic over her left shoulder, the right shoulder bare, the shoulders framed by the heavy folds of a mantle, preserving traces of red pigment in the hair, the back flat but with articulation of hair and drapery
8½ in. (21.5 cm.) high
French Private Collection, circa 1940.
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For the type compare the bust of a nymph from the "Invitation to Dance" group, fig. 203 in Pasquier and Martinez, Praxitèle.
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