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LOT 0091

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GBP (£) 30,000 - 40,000
EUR (€) 35,220 - 46,960
USD ($) 38,230 - 50,970

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£15,000 (EUR 17,611; USD 19,115) (‡+bp*)

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GREEK MARBLE HEAD OF A RULER
HELLENISTIC, 3RD-1ST CENTURY B.C.
16 3/4 in. (23.7 kg total, 42.5 cm including stand).

Carved in the round with thick wreath of laurel leaves to the brow, short tousled hair, stern face with thick jaw; mounted on a custom-made stand.

PROVENANCE:
with Artemis Gallery, Munich, Germany, before 1998.
with Oliver Forge, London, UK.
Private collection, acquired from the above.

Accompanied by a copy of an Art Loss Register certificate.
Accompanied by an academic report by Prof. Neritan Ceka.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by a search certificate number no.12092-218139.

FOOTNOTES:
The life-size head represents an adult male, probably still in his youth. The man is depicted with a short hair, and probably wearing a diadem of which the lower edge is partially visible. The size, the use of marble, and the quality of this work suggest that it was a portrait of a nobleman or possibly a prince of the Hellenistic period.

CONDITION