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A Roman Marble Portrait Head of a Man, 1st Half of the 3rd Century A.D.
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Details & Cataloguing

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A Roman Marble Portrait Head of a Man, 1st Half of the 3rd Century A.D.
with short incised beard, aquiline nose, eyes with incised irises and drilled pupils under prominent brow with lightly incised eyebrows, and creased forehead, his short hair engraved in a similar style as the beard; restored are the left ear and, in a single piece, both lips with part of moustache and left nostril incl. tip of nose, neck prepared for mounting on a bust or statue.
Height 25.4 cm. 10 in.
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Provenance

European private collection, circa 18th Century (based on restoration techniques)
Swiss private collection, prior to 1982
Summa Galleries, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, mid 1980s
The Allen E. Paulson Living Trust (Christie’s, New York, June 3rd, 2009, no. 192, illus.)

Literature

Hans Jucker and D. Willers, eds., Gesichter. Griechische und römische Bildnisse aus Schweizer Besitz, exh. cat., Bern, 1982, p. 196f., no. 82
Phoenix Ancient Art, Geneva, [Catalogue] No. 1., 2010, no. 4

Catalogue Note

Cf. a portrait of emperor Balbinus (reigned 238 A.D.): H. Wiggers and M. Wegner, Caracalla bis Balbinus, Das römische Herrscherbild, vol. III.1, 1971, p. 249, pl. 79.

Ancient Marbles: Classical Sculpture and Works of Art

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