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LOT 0110

GBP (£) 40,000 - 60,000
EUR (€) 44,930 - 67,390
USD ($) 50,400 - 75,590

£36,000 (EUR 40,436; USD 45,357) (+bp*)

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Roman Statuette of Jupiter

1st-2nd century AD

A substantial bronze figure of Jupiter standing nude in contrapposto pose, left leg flexed and advancing; left arm extended perpendicular to the body, right arm thrust down and slightly forward; the hair and beard formed as a dense mass of curls, each individually modelled, with a copper fillet retaining them behind; the eyes with silver overlay, the lower lip with copper overlay (similar originally applied to the nipples); tiered socle base with enigmatic pointillé inscription. 1.4 kg, 23cm (9"). Very fine condition; some ancient repairs.

From a private UK collection; formerly with Christie's, New York, 4 June 2008, lot 255 [US $60,000.00 - $90,000.00]; acquired by the current owner on the London art market in 2007; formerly in a collection of a New York collector, since the early 1990s; accompanied by a technical examination report, written by Pieter Meyers of Los Angeles, California, dated 11 May 2018; a positive metallurgic analytical results, written by Metallurgist Dr. Peter Northover (ex Department of Materials, Materials Science-Based Archaeology Group & Department of Materials, University of Oxford), number R5249; an Art Loss Register certificate no. S00125531 and the relevant Christie's catalogue pages; accompanied by an academic report by Dr. Raffaele D’Amato; this lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by IADAA certificate number no.20032020/1433.
See no.195a in Leventi, 'Zeus' in LIMC and nos.243-244 in Leventi and Machaira, 'Zeus' in LIMC.
This Jupiter type, known as Zeus Brontaios or Thunderer, has been attributed to a Greek original by sculptor Leochares, c. 370-360 BC. The god would have held a sceptre in his left hand and cradled his thunderbolt in his right.