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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE DIENE AND DOUGLAS COOPER, MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA

A Roman Marble Portrait Statue of a Woman, circa 2nd Century A.D.
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE DIENE AND DOUGLAS COOPER, MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA

A Roman Marble Portrait Statue of a Woman, circa 2nd Century A.D.
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Details & Cataloguing

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A Roman Marble Portrait Statue of a Woman, circa 2nd Century A.D.
standing with the weight on her left leg, wearing a chiton and stola, both high-girdled, and a mantle wrapped around the legs and draped over the left forearm; restored are the head incl. neck, left lower arm with adjoining drapery, feet, lower edge of drapery, and plinth, right arm formerly restored, upper and lower body possibly not belonging together.
Total height 194 cm.; height without plinth 185 cm.
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Provenance

Italian private collection, 18th Century (based on restoration techniques)
Stefano Bardini (1836-1922), Florence, late 19th/early 20th Century
Douglas James Cooper (1931-1988) and Diene Cooper, born Pitcairn, El Cerro, Tamarind Hill, Montego Bay, Jamaica, installed in the house prior to its completion in 1968
acquired with the house by the current owners in 2009 and removed from the premises in 2016

Literature

Gabriella Capecchi, L’archivio storico fotografico di Stefano Bardini. Arte greca, etrusca, romana, Florence, 1993, p. 38, pl. 94
The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 4th, 1968, p. 73
"Beauty: A Way of Life," The Morning News, Wilmington, Delaware, March 26th, 1971, p. 35, illus. 
"Roman Bacchanal in Montego Bay, Jamaica," The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday, March 10, 1974, p. 123
Slim Aarons, A Wonderful Time: An Intimate Portrait of the Good Life, New York, 1974,
Axel Filges, Standbilder jugendlicher Göttinnen, Cologne, 1997, p. 163, note 643, no. 47

Catalogue Note

The stola indicates that the present figure was designed for a portrait head; cf. two statues from Spain: P. León, ed., Arte romana de la Bética. Escultura, 2009, p. 258f., figs. 348 and 353. The 18th/19th-century head imitates portraits of the Claudian period; cf. G. Lahusen and E. Formigli, Römische Bildnisse aus Bronze, 2001, p. 134, no. 76.

Ancient Marbles: Classical Sculpture and Works of Art

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