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PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Marble Portrait Bust of a Man, circa late 1st Century A.D.
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PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Marble Portrait Bust of a Man, circa late 1st Century A.D.
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Details & Cataloguing

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A Marble Portrait Bust of a Man, circa late 1st Century A.D.
turned to his right, his lively and asymmetrical face with dimpled chin, knobby nose flanked by deep folds, eyes with drilled inner canthi, and knitted and furrowed brow, a prominent wart next to his right eye, the thick tussled hair brushed forward from the crown, his draped shoulders emerging from a circular plinth and fastened with a disk brooch decorated with incised lines radiating from a small circle, the back of the bust carved roughly flat; no restorations, portions of three corroded iron tenons remaining in back.
Total height 40 cm. 15 3/4 in.; height of head 23 cm. 9 1/16 in.
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Provenance

Piero Tozzi, New York, acquired prior to the gallery's closing in 
New York private collection, by descent (Sotheby's, New York, European Works of Art, January 12th-15th, 1991, no. 48, illus. (as Italian, 17th Century)
acquired by the present owner at the above sale

Catalogue Note

Cf. a portrait in the Torlonia Collection (P. Cain, Männerbildnisse neronisch-flavischer Zeit, 1993, p. 219f., no. 93, pl. 32f.), dated in the late Flavian period. Many portraits with the so-called 'annuli-hairdressing', which were studied by Cain (op. cit, pp. 70ff.), have a realistic, lively face, e.g. busts in the Louvre (K. de Kersauson, Musée du Louvre. Catalogue des portraits romains, vol. 2, 1996, p. 64f., no. 23), or in Copenhagen (F. Johansen, Catalogue Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Roman Portraits, vol. 2, p. 90f., no. 32).

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