London, South Kensington
26 April 2012
AN EAST ROMAN BRONZE EROTIC GROUP
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-1ST CENTURY A.D.
Depicting coitus a tergo, the bearded man with a long moustache and short incised curling hair, his pectorals well modelled and with stomach creases indicated, clasping the shoulders of his lover as she crouches in front of him, her stomach creases indicated, her hands resting on her knees, her long hair falling down her back, wearing a beaded necklace and pointed shoes, both with lidded almond-shaped eyes and large lips, their feet pierced for attachment, two cylindrical supports rising from their heads; and an associated bronze cylindrical flanged cover, with a beaded border and two square attachment holes
6¼ in. (16 cm.) high
Private collection, Europe; formed in the 1970s-1980s.
Private collection, Switzerland.
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For a pair of attachments from the Haddad Collection with a similar couple cf. Christie's, New York, 17 December 1998, lot 79.
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