London, South Kensington
26 April 2012
A ROMAN MINIATURE GREEN STONE PORTRAIT HEAD OF SOCRATES
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
His bald pate with thick wavy hair low at the sides and back of his head, his forehead creased, with articulated eyes, a broad nose and a full beard, his moustache framing thick lips
1¼ in. (3.2 cm.) high
with Fouad Alouf, prior to 1990.
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For a similar rock crystal bearded male head cf. no. 185 in Glories of the Past: Ancient Art from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Collection, New York, 1990.
The provenance for this lot is incorrect in the printed and online catalogues and should read:
with Elie Bustros, Lebanon, prior to 1980.
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