11 December 2003
A PALMYRENE STUCCO DRAPED BUST OF A MAN
Circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D.
Likely an architectural attachment, in high relief, depicted with his head turned sharply to his left creating deep folds in the neck, the hair a mass of applied curls, the bulging eyes with the pupils deeply recessed, the mouth downturned
9½ in. (24.1 cm.) high
German Private Collection, circa 1995.
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For the type see nos. 158-159 in Dentzer-Feydy and Teixidor, Les Antiquités de Palmyre au Musée du Louvre.
This English figure of Christ — one of only two of its type known to have survived the 800-plus years since it was cast — was previously thought to have been made in France
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