Lot 37
  • 37

A Marble Torso of an Emperor, Roman Imperial, Julio-Claudian, 1st half of the 1st Century A.D.

800,000 - 1,200,000 USD
7,362,500 USD
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  • A Marble Torso of an Emperor, Roman Imperial, Julio-Claudian
  • Marble
probably representing Augustus, Tiberius, or Claudius, carved in two parts, standing with the weight on his right leg and wearing a tunic, leather corselet with fringed lappets falling at the waist and shoulders, bronze cuirass, and paludamentum falling from the left shoulder over the back and formerly over the extended left forearm, the bronze breastplate decorated in relief on the chest with the god Sol emerging from the waters in a frontal quadriga and on the abdomen with two Victories flanking a trophy and hanging shields onto it, a large inverted palmette below with scrolling acanthus and rosettes on either side, the upper row of pteryges decorated with alternating feline heads above lotus flowers and addorsed rams' heads above palmettes, the lower row with alternating gorgoneia and palmettes, a bearded head interrupting the sequence on the right hip, the neck carved out for insertion of a portrait head.


from one of the Twin Temples on the northeast corner of the forum of Salona in Dalmatia
Aloys Maximilian Neumann (1829-1906), Graz, acquired in the mid 19th Century in Split, Kingdom of Dalmatia
by descent to the present owners


Walter Schmid, "Torso einer Kaiserstatue im Panzer," in M. Abramić & V. Hoffiller, eds., Strena Buliciana: Commentationes gratulatoriae Francisco Bulic ob XV vitae lustra feliciter peracta oblatae a discipulis et amicis, Zagreb, 1924, pp. 45 ff., pl. 5
Johannes Sieveking, Eine römische Panzerstatue in der Münchner Glyptothek (Winckelmannsprogramm der archäologischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin, 91), Berlin and Leipzig, 1931, pp. 10 and 20
Jan Willem Salomonson, Chair, Sceptre and Wreath: Historical Aspects of their Representations on Roman Sepulchral Monuments, Amsterdam, 1956, p. 45, note 77
Festschrift fur Rudolf Egger: Beiträge zur älteren europäische Kulturgeschichte, Klagenfurt, 1954, p. 36
Konrad Schauenburg, Helios, Berlin, 1955, p. 38, note 338
Cornelius C. Vermeule, "Hellenistic and Roman Cuirassed Statues," Berytus, vol. 13, 1959-1960, p. 39, no. 45
B. Gabričević, "Antički spomenici otoka Visa," Prilozi povijesti umjetnosti u Dalmaciji, vol. 17, 1968, pp. 57-58
Jahrbuch des Römisch-Germanischen Zentralmuseums Mainz, vol. 17, 1970, p. 144
K. Stemmer, Untersuchungen zur Typologie, Chronologie und Ikonographie der Panzerstatuen, 1978, pp. 56-57, cat. V 1, pl. 34,1, and pages 70-71, 126, 156, and 158
Cornelius C. Vermeule, Hellenistic and Roman Cuirassed Statues, Boston, 1980, p. 32, no. 21, illus. p. 60
Ula Kreilinger, Römische Bronzeappliken: Historisches reliefs im Kleinformat, Heidelberg, 1996, p. 39
S. Ivčević, "Carske statue s Visa," Histria Antiqua, vol. 4, 1998, p. 77
N. Cambi, Kiparstvo rimske Dalmacije, Split, 2005, p. 49, fig. 62
J. Jeličić-Radonić, "Tragovi carskoga kulta u Saloni," Signa et Litterae (Znakovi I riječi) II, Split, 2008, pp. 84-85, fig. 2
Arachne. Datenbank und kulturelle Archive des Forschungsarchiv für Antike Plastik Köln und des Deutsches Archäologisches Instituts, no. 32209

Catalogue Note

For another example closely related in style and workmanship, probably from the same workshop, see Stemmer, op. cit, cat. VII 5, pl. 51,3-4, in the Zagreb Archaeological Museum.

For another representation of the god Sol and his chariot on the breast of a cuirassed torso see the Augustus Primaporta in the Vatican Museums (D.E.E. Kleiner, Roman Sculpture, New Haven and London, 1992, fig. 42).