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LOT 0116

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GBP (£) 7,000 - 9,000
EUR (€) 7,960 - 10,230
USD ($) 8,970 - 11,530

Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £6,300
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Roman Marble Head of a Goddess

1st century BC-1st century AD

A carved marble bust of a youthful female, possibly a goddess, with hair parted in the centre and tied at the rear of the head in a chignon, the eyes with soft fleshy lids, the nose and mouth small, the lips pert and the chin rounded; mounted on a custom-made stand. 30.1 kg, 41cm (16 1/4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
Property of a European gentleman; formerly in a German private collection formed in the 1950-1970s.

Literature
See Wheeler, M. Roman Art and Architecture, London, 1964 for discussion.

Footnotes
The hairstyle with centre parting a chignon is typical of the Julio-Claudian era when the fashion turned towards simplicity (and thus honesty and virtue), as a counterpoint to the excessive flamboyance of Cleopatra and the Ptolemaic Egyptian court.


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Bid History: 1   |   Current bid: £6,300

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

Viewing from noon Monday 25th Feb 2019
Champagne Reception: 6pm - 9pm

Tuesday 26th Feb 2019 (Day 1)
10am : Lots 1 - 660

Auction Venue:
The Court House
363 Main Road
Harwich, CO12 4DN

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Wednesday 27th Feb 2019 (Day 2)
Lots 700 - 1388
Thursday 28th Feb 2019 (Day 3)
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