8 June 2004
A ROMAN BRONZE BUST OF ROMA
CIRCA LATE 3RD CENTURY A.D.
The goddess wearing a chiton that has slipped off her right shoulder revealing her breast, her himation over her left shoulder, pinned by a circular brooch, a baldric over her right shoulder supporting a short sword with an eagle-head handle, an oval shield in her left hand with a central boss and two stamped crescents, wearing an armband and a bracelet on her right arm, holding an orb in her right hand, wearing a crested helmet, its front perforated, perhaps for suspension, the hollow interior filled with lead
5¾ in. (14.5 cm.) high
Said to be from near Istanbul.
German Private Collection.
with Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, 1989.
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C.C. Vermeule and J.M. Eisenberg, Catalogue of the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Bronzes in the Collection of John Kluge, New York and Boston, 1992, no. 88-102.
Vermeule and Eisenberg (op. cit.) note that the eagle-head handle of the short sword is exactly like those carried by the Tetarchs on the famous porphyry group at the Basilica di San Marco in Venice.
The watch that flew to the moon with NASA’s astronauts — a rare commemorative version of which is offered online, 24 April to 8 May
This monumental, square-format work is a major highlight of Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on 20 June in London