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A Roman Marble Head of the Goddess Roma, late 2nd Century A.D., on circa 18th-Century Marble Shoulders
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OTHER PROPERTIES

A Roman Marble Head of the Goddess Roma, late 2nd Century A.D., on circa 18th-Century Marble Shoulders
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Details & Cataloguing

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A Roman Marble Head of the Goddess Roma, late 2nd Century A.D., on circa 18th-Century Marble Shoulders
turned sharply to her right, wearing an Attic helmet decorated with fragmentary animals (griffins?) in relief, her oval face with full parted lips and large eyes with incised irises and drilled pupils, her long deeply-drilled wavy hair parted in the center and gathered in a plait at the back; nose, helmet crest and animals formerly restored.
Total height 63 cm.; height of face 15 cm.
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Provenance

European private collection, circa 18th Century (based on the restoration techniques)
English art market, acquired at auction in Gloucestershire as made of concrete/composite material, together with other pieces of garden sculpture and furniture
acquired from the above by the present owner at the Ardingly Antiques Fair on April 19th, 2016

Catalogue Note

The best parallel for the helmet‘s high frontlet and the way in which the hair frames the forehead is a small bronze bust of Dea Roma from Brescia: B. Barr-Sharrar, The Hellenistic and Early Imperial Decorative Bust, 1987, p. 81f., no. C192, pl. 59.

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