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LOT 0081

Estimate
GBP (£) 18,000 - 24,000
EUR (€) 20,770 - 27,690
USD ($) 23,480 - 31,300

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£18,000 (EUR 20,766; USD 23,478) (+bp*) Add to Watch list

Large Roman Head of Asclepius, God of Medicine

1st-2nd century AD

A monumental head of Asclepius or Jupiter (Greek Zeus), carved much larger than life-size in high quality marble, with a full head of curls in tiers with deep undercutting around the brow; the beard similar well defined with tiered curls; the face stern with furrowed brow and high cheek-bones, lentoid eyes with heavy lids and restored nose; mounted on a custom-made stand. 48.5 kg, 61cm (24"). Fine condition. Rare in this monumental size.

Provenance
Property of a central London gallery; acquired from Brok S.L. auctions, Barcelona, Spain, November 1984, lot 586; formerly in the private collection of L.B. Godó, Barcelona, Spain; accompanied by a copy of the 1984 catalogue listing and auction invoice; supplied with geologic report No. TL005200, by geologic consultant Dr R. L. Bonewitz.

Literature
Depictions of bearded gods frequently represented either Asclepius, god of healing, or Zeus. The monumental proportions suggest that it may have come from a large cult statue frequently situated within a temple.


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Auction Venue:
The May Fair Hotel London
Stratton Street
Mayfair London, W1J 8LT

Viewing from noon Monday 27th May 2019
Champagne Reception: 6pm - 9pm

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10am : Lots 1 - 660

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363 Main Road
Harwich, CO12 4DN

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