Christie's Special Exhibition Gallery
7 December 2011
A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF SOL
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
The sun god's hair a mass of thick, short flame-like locks curving in all directions, his youthful face with a smooth forehead and arching brows that merge with the bridge of his nose, the convex eyes with thick lids, the bow-shaped mouth with the lips pressed together, the full lower lip indented below, the base of the neck splayed for insertion
15¼ in. (38.7 cm.) high
Private Collection, Rome, late 19th century.
Dr. X, Saint Valery en Caux, France, circa 1900.
with Galerie Chenel, Paris, 2010 (Marbre de la Rome antique, pp. 36-39).
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For a complete standing figure of Sol with similar treatment for the hair see pl. 3 in Fendt, "Helios und die Göttin" in Jahrbuch der Berliner Museen.
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