8 June 2007
A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF APOLLO
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
Inspired by a Classical Greek original, the god depicted lifesized, turned slightly to his right, with a youthful idealized oval face, his almond-shaped eyes with contoured lids below arching brows, the inner canthi drilled, his undulating fleshy lips indented at the corners, his wavy hair parted at the center, a short comma-shaped wisp before each ear, adorned with a prominent laurel wreath, formed from a double row of leaves and berries, tied at the back above his low chignon, thick tresses falling to either side
11 7/8 in. (30.2 cm.) high
Acquired by the current owner prior to 1980.
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For a related Classicistic Apollo, now in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, see no. 76b in Simon and Bauchhenss, "Apollon/Apollo" in LIMC, vol. II.
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