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PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Roman Marble Head of Aphrodite, 2nd half of the 2nd Century A.D.
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PROPERTY FROM A NEW YORK PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Roman Marble Head of Aphrodite, 2nd half of the 2nd Century A.D.
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A Roman Marble Head of Aphrodite, 2nd half of the 2nd Century A.D.
from an over-lifesize figure, her head turned to her left, lips parted, her thick deeply-drilled hair swept back in long waves over the pierced earlobes and surmounted by a crescentic diadem with castellated border, a curl escaping before each ear; no restorations.
Height 43 cm.; height of face 21 cm.
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Provenance

Robin Symes, London
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, May 20th, 1982, no. 148, illus.
Sotheby's, New York, December 17th, 1992, no. 90, illus.
acquired by the present owner at the above sale

Catalogue Note

The hair falling from the crown over the nape of the neck divides into two thick strands, which were likely held up by the hands in the common gesture of Aphrodite wringing the sea foam from her hair (Aphrodite Anadyomene). There is a discrepancy between this feature and the way the hair is brushed back over the temples, particularly on the proper left profile, suggesting that the Anadyomene motif was superimposed on a different statuary type. A good example of this is a statue of Aphrodite Anadyomene from Leptis Magna (G. Caputo and G. Traversari, Le sculture del teatro di Leptis Magna, 1976, pp. 61ff., no. 41, pl. 37), which is based on the type of the Capitoline Aphrodite. The high diadem of the present head is a decorative feature added by the Roman sculptor (cf. a head of the Artemis Colonna type with diadem in Marino: G. de Rossi, Bovillae, Forma Italiae, vol. I.15, 1979, p. 350, fig. 600,1).
For a head type of Aphrodite of similar size see H. Lauter, Antike Plastik, vol. 19, 1988, pp. 21ff.

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