16 June 2006
A GREEK MARBLE HEAD OF A GODDESS
HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 2ND-1ST CENTURY B.C.
Lifesized, likely depicting Aphrodite, her oval face with a rounded chin and slightly-parted lips, the lidded eyes drilled at their inner canthi, beneath modelled brows, her forehead peaked at the center, the wavy hair center parted, bound in a fillet and tied in a chignon at the nape of her neck
10½ in. (26.7 cm.) high
with Galerie Nefer, Zurich, 1991 (Menschliche Götter - Göttliche Menschen, no. 4).
Anonymous sale; Christie's, New York, 18 December 1998, lot 117.
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Leipzig, Antikenmuseum der Universität, September 1996 - October 1998.
For two related marble heads, both in Paris, see nos. 394-395 in Delivorrias, et al., "Aphrodite" in LIMC. Both are classified as the type of the Aphrodite from Knidos by Praxiteles.
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