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LOT 0193

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EUR (€) 1,750 - 2,330
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Current bid: £2,200 (+bp*)
(15 Bids, Reserve met)

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(15 Bids, Reserve met)   |   Current bid: £2,200
'THE ANGLESEY' ROMANO-BRITISH MARBLE HEAD OF A CELTIC WARRIOR
1ST-2ND CENTURY A.D.
11 1/4 in. (7.3 kg total, 28.5 cm high including stand).

Carved with comma-leaf detailing to the hair, a low brow over almond-shaped eyes, broad triangular nose and thick moustache obscuring the mouth; mounted on a custom-made stand. [No Reserve]

PROVENANCE:
Found Anglesey, Wales, 1978.
From a collection acquired on the UK art market from various auction houses and collections mostly before 2000.
From an important Cambridgeshire estate; thence by descent.

Accompanied by a newspaper article on the find.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Jackson, S., Celtic and Other Stone Heads, Shipley, 1973, item 16.

FOOTNOTES:
The style of execution is rather more refined than for the majority of stone heads, and lacks the characteristic slit mouth. Same elements of the design are seen on the figure from Otley (Jackson, no.25) and especially that from Bradford-Heaton (no.16) which shares the prominent moustache.

CONDITION