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PROPERTY FROM AN AUSTRIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Roman Marble Portrait Head of a Man, circa A.D. 220-240
Estimate
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53

PROPERTY FROM AN AUSTRIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION

A Roman Marble Portrait Head of a Man, circa A.D. 220-240
Estimate
20,00030,000
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Details & Cataloguing

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A Roman Marble Portrait Head of a Man, circa A.D. 220-240
apparently deliberately damaged, turned to his right, with short hair and beard, eyes with incised irises, drilled crescentic pupils, and crow's feet, slight frown; no restorations.
Height 25.5 cm.
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Provenance

acquired by the present owner on the Roman art market in the 1950s

Literature

Marianne Bergmann, Studien zum römischen Porträt des 3. Jhs. n. Chr., Bonn, 1977, pp. 123 and 128, pl. 37,1–2
Susan Wood, "A too-successful Damnatio Memoriae," American Journal of Archaeology, vol. 87, 1983, p. 491, note 16
Sotheby's, London, Ancient Marbles, June 13th, 2016, no. 54, illus.

Catalogue Note

Bergmann (op. cit., p. 128) compares the present head to one in Cambridge, Mass. (C. Vermeule and A. Brauer, Stone Sculptures. The Greek, Roman, and Etruscan Collections of the Harvard University Art Museums, 1990, p. 155, no. 142) and dates both to the post-Gallienic period, namely after A.D. 268. However, the Cambridge head is now identified as emperor Macrinus, who reigned from A.D. 217 to 218 (D. Salzmann, Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, vol. 98, 1983, p. 365f.). Therefore, the present head appears to be pre-Gallienic.

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