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LOT 0034

GBP (£) 3,000 - 4,000
EUR (€) 3,530 - 4,700
USD ($) 4,000 - 5,330

Sold for (Inc. bp): £6,350

Greek Marble Head of Aphrodite

4th century BC

A carved marble frieze fragment depicting the head of Aphrodite or a muse modelled in the half-round with detailed locks, multi-strand band (sphendone) to the brow and securing cap to the rear holding the chignon; mounted on a custom-made stand. 2.7 kg total, 23.5cm including stand (9 1/4"). Fine condition.

Property of an East Sussex gentleman; acquired from the private collection of John Watson, Cambridge, UK, who worked for the Anthropology and Archaeology Museum, Downing Street, Cambridge; collected between the 1970s and 1980s; accompanied by scholarly note TL05400 by Dr Ronald Bonewitz; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.11005-181677.

Cf. female bust in the British Museum with similar treatment of the hair, accession number 1873,0820.740.