8 June 2004
A BRONZE TONDO BUST OF A GODDESS
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
Possibly depicting Juno or Venus, the goddess wearing a chiton and a mantle pulled up over the back of her head as a veil, a crescentic diadem in her center-parted wavy hair, the diadem with an incised palmette and tendrils, her eyes inlaid in black on white glass, with a slender nose and small smiling mouth, her neck with several "Venus"-lines, the bust emerging from a calyx of petals graduated in size, each curled outwards, with traces of gilding preserved in her hair, the reverse with three large rectangular tenons for attachment
10¾ in. (27.3 cm.) high
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 20 May 1982, lot 155.
with Robin Symes, London.
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. 89-77.
James Coats Collection.
Additional exhibition history:
Yale University Art Gallery, on loan mid 1970s.
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