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PROPERTY FROM AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Roman Marble Figure of a Man of Letters, the body circa 2nd Century A.D., the head mid 3rd Century A.D.
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PROPERTY FROM AN ENGLISH PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Roman Marble Figure of a Man of Letters, the body circa 2nd Century A.D., the head mid 3rd Century A.D.
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Details & Cataloguing

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A Roman Marble Figure of a Man of Letters, the body circa 2nd Century A.D., the head mid 3rd Century A.D.
standing against a tree-trunk support with the weight on his left leg, the right leg slightly advanced, the right arm relaxed, and grasping the edge of his garment with his left hand, and wearing sandals and himation falling from the left shoulder and forming a triangular overfold, his finely carved head (not belonging) turned to his right, his face with portrait features and with incised irises and drilled pupils; right hand and scroll restored, base recarved and sunk into a modern marble plinth.
Total height 60 cm.; height without plinth 56 cm.
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Provenance

European private collection, circa 18th Century (based on restoration techniques)
Antiquarian Museum, Edinburgh, as of 1876, not recorded as part of the objects transferred to the Royal Museum of Scotland in 1936
American private collection, Honolulu, Hawaii, probably acquired in the 1970s or earlier

Literature

Catalogue of Antiquities in the National Museum of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Edinburgh, 1876, p. 5, E17
Adolf Michaelis, "Ancient Marbles in Great Britain: Supplement I," Journal of Hellenic Studies, 1884, p. 159, no. 17

Catalogue Note

The present statuette is probably the one described by A. Michaelis, Journal of Hellenic Studies, vol. 5, 1884, p. 159, no. 17 (Antiquarian Museum, Edinburgh).
The arrangement of the drapery and the gesture of the left arm call to mind depictions of intellectuals on Roman sarcophagi; cf. B. Ewald, Der Philosoph als Leitbild (34. Ergh. RM), 1999, pls. 76,2, and 76,4. On small-scale roman portraiture see K. Dahmen, Untersuchungen zu Form und Funktion kleinformatiger Porträts der römischen Kaiserzeit, 2001.

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