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

A Roman Marble Figure of Julia Mamaea, the Body circa 2nd Century A.D., the Portrait Head circa A.D. 222–235
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE DIENE AND DOUGLAS COOPER, MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA

A Roman Marble Figure of Julia Mamaea, the Body circa 2nd Century A.D., the Portrait Head circa A.D. 222–235
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A Roman Marble Figure of Julia Mamaea, the Body circa 2nd Century A.D., the Portrait Head circa A.D. 222–235
standing with the weight on her left leg, and wearing a chiton and mantle draped across the chest from her left shoulder and falling in long folds over her left arm, the head turned to her right; neck, nose, mouth, parts of diadem and hair, shoulders and upper back, area around both knees, feet, and plinth restored.
Total height 190 cm.; height without plinth 180 cm.
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Provenance

Italian private collection, circa 18th Century (based on restoration techniques)
Stefano Bardini, 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

The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 4th, 1968, p. 73
Gabriella Capecchi, L’archivio storico fotografico di Stefano Bardini. Arte greca, etrusca, romana, Florence, 1993, p. 39, pl. 97f.
Axel Filges, Standbilder jugendlicher Göttinnen, Cologne, 1997, p. 269, no. 129, illus.

Catalogue Note

Related statues have been compiled and discussed by Filges (op. cit.), pp. 84ff. Julia Mamaea was the mother of and close advisor to emperor Alexander Severus (reigned A.D. 222-235). For the portrait type see K. Fittschen and P. Zanker, Katalog der römischen Porträts in den Capitolinischen Museen, vol. 3, 1983, pp. 30ff., no. 33. Other portraits of Julia Mamaea were sold at Sotheby’s, London, July 10th, 1990, no. 275 (now in a German private coll.: A. Mlasowsky, Imagines imperii, 2006, p. 119f., no. 28, pl. 39f.), and at Sotheby’s, New York, December 7th, 2005, no. 61.

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