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LOT 0071

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GBP (£) 8,000 - 10,000
EUR (€) 8,860 - 11,070
USD ($) 10,450 - 13,060

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£7,200 (EUR 7,973; USD 9,402) (+bp*)

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Roman Statue Foot

1st century BC-1st century AD

A hollow-formed bronze left foot and lower leg from a bronze statue; the leg shown angled forward, foot pivoted at the toes, ankle flexed, toes slightly splayed; slightly larger than life-size; ancient rectangular holes cut to the heel, shin and sole to allow repair; mounted on a custom-made display stand. 3.3 kg total, 42.5cm including stand (16 3/4"). Fine condition.

Provenance
Property of a London gentleman; acquired on the London art market in the 2000s.
Footnotes
The attitude of the leg, ankle and toes suggests that the posture of the statue was the 'contrapposto' pose with weight carried on the right leg and the left leg bent and slightly trailing. This pose is seen on e.g. the Doryphoros (Spear-Bearer) statue of Polykleitos in the Naples National Archaeological Museum and the Augustus of Prima Porta in the Vatican's Chiaramonti Museum.