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LOT 0124

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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £450

A life-size limestone head of a man characterised by an elongated oval face and hieratic features, slender brows over almond-shaped eyes, slender nose with broad nostrils, slender lips, textured hair drawn back from the face, flat backed; mounted on a custom-made display stand. 13 5/8 in. (5 kg total, 34.5 cm high including stand).

With Me Conan Auction, Lyon, 12 February 1974, lot 98.
Ex Mr Lelon's estate.
With HVMC Vide ses entrepots, Hôtel des Ventes de Monte-Carlo, 12 May 2021, lot 106.
Accompanied by an original French cultural passport no.224623.

Cf. Daim, F., Ladstatter, S., Bisans Doneminde Ephesos (Ephesus in the Byzantine Period, in Turkish) Istanbul, 2011, pp.163ff, figs.17-24; cf. also the portrait of Empress Aelia Flaccilla in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession no.47.100.51.

After the breakdown of sculptural production in the period of military anarchy, donations of honorary statues were again common from the period of the Tetrarchs and onwards. Display of portrait statuary in late Antiquity was concentrated in the streets of the cities, like in Ephesus, where similar statues, dated to the 5th or 6th centuries A.D., were found in the streets and public buildings. They mainly represented imperial magistrates, or members of the Imperial family, whose portrait was carved ex novo, and the bodies were often reused old statues.