11 June 2003
A ROMAN MARBLE OSCILLUM
Circa 1st Century A.D.
In the form of a mask of a boy, deeply hollowed on the back side, depicted with wavy hair, two locks pulled back in the center of his forehead, his mouth and eyes drilled through, his wide grin defining rounded cheeks, the face tapering to his square chin, patches of original red pigment preserved along his chin and proper left side of his face, a perforation drilled through the top of the head preserving traces of iron for insertion of a rod from which it would have been suspended in a Roman peristyle
6¾ in. (17.1 cm) high
Bronson Pinchot Collection, California
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For a similar oscillum, from the peristyle of the House of the Golden Cupids in Pompeii, see no. 32 in Seiler, Casa degli Amorini Dorati.
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