8 June 2004
A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT BUST OF A YOUNG MAN
LATE HADRIANIC TO EARLY ANTONINE, CIRCA 130-150 A.D.
Depicted three-quarters lifesized, with his head turned to his left, the bust unadorned, with a long neck and oval face with a slightly pointed chin, his thin lips pressed tightly together, his convex almond-shaped eyes with the pupils lightly indicated, the arching brow modelled, his hair brushed forward from the crown of the head, with locks breaking to the right and left along the center of his forehead
14¾ in. (37.5 cm.) high
with Ugo Donati, Lugano, 1966.
Max Himmelheber, 1904-2000.
Max Himmelheber Stiftung, Baiersbronn, Germany.
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