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A Roman Marble Figure of a Muse, circa 2nd Century A.D.
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PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Roman Marble Figure of a Muse, circa 2nd Century A.D.
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Details & Cataloguing

Ancient Marbles: Classical Sculpture and Works of Art

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A Roman Marble Figure of a Muse, circa 2nd Century A.D.
after a Greek original of the early 4th Century B.C, standing with the weight on her left leg, and wearing an enveloping himation, the folds held in her right hand to her breast and against her hip by the left arm, a lock of hair falling on the left shoulder, the neck hollowed out for insertion of the head; no restorations.
Total height 65 cm.; height without plinth 62.5 cm.
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Provenance

Coins and Antiquities, London
English private collection, acquired from the above in the 1960s
English private collection, by descent from the above
London art market
Sotheby's, New York, June 5th, 2013, no. 25, illus.
acquired by the present owner at the above sale

Catalogue Note

The other known copies of this type, all headless, are in St. Petersburg (O. Waldhauer, Die antiken Skulpturen der Ermitage, vol. 3, 1936, p. 36, no. 276, fig. 34), in Madrid (Photographische Einzelaufnahmen, no. 1736), in Blenheim Palace (A. Scholl, et al., Die antiken Skulpturen in Farnborough Hall, 1995, pp. 18ff., no. B1, pl. 7), in the Musée Rodin (S. Reinach, Répertoire de la statuaire grecque et romaine, vol. 5, 1924, p. 360, no. 2), in Argos (J. Marcadé and É. Raftopoulou, Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique, vol. 87, 1963, pp. 97ff., no. 78, figs. 42f.), and Sotheby's, London, December 4th, 1979, no. 119.

The original seems to have been a creation of the early 4th Century B.C.; cf. the maiden on an Attic grave stele: C. Clairmont, Classical Attic Tombstones, vol. 4, 1993, p. 166f., no. 5.280.

An old fragmentary label underneath the base reads "[...]-11929".

Ancient Marbles: Classical Sculpture and Works of Art

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