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LOT 0067

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GBP (£) 12,000 - 17,000
EUR (€) 13,220 - 18,720
USD ($) 15,570 - 22,050

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£10,800 (EUR 11,894; USD 14,009) (+bp*)

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Roman Marble Head of a Nymph

Mid 2nd century AD

A slightly larger than life-sized statue head of a nymph or goddess depicted with idealised youthful features, her hair dressed in a chignon to the rear, her oval face with almond-shaped eyes beneath gently-arching brows, slightly-parted lips and a rounded chin; mounted on a custom-made stand. 30.1 kg, 41cm (16 1/4"). Fine condition, restored.

Provenance
Property of an English gentleman; formerly the property of a European gentleman; previously in a German private collection formed 1950-1970s; accompanied by an expertise written by Dr. Raffaele D’Amato; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.10133-136700.
Literature
See Felletti Maj, B.M., Museo Nazionale Romano, I Ritratti, Roma, 1953; Bianchi Bandinelli, R., L'arte Romana nel centro del potere, dalle origini alla fine del II secolo d.C., Roma, 1969; Scrinari, V.S.M., Sculture Romane di Aquileia, Roma, 1972; Fittschen K., Zanker P., Le sculture del Museo Civico Archeologico di Bologna, La collezione Marsili, Comune di Bologna, Bologna, 1986; Agnoli, N., Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Palestrina, Le sculture, Roma, 2002; similar portrait can be seen in Aquileia Museum, although fragmentary (Scrinari, 1972, cat. 142, p.50); Havelock, C.M., The Aphrodite of Knidos and Her Successors, Michigan, 1995.
Footnotes
This sculpture, a Roman copy of a Greek original, shows the high quality of Hellenistic sculpture even in replica form. It appears to be a copy of a work by Skopas, and the well-defined carving as well as stylised bun hairstyle may date it to the Antonine period.

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