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A Celtic Limestone Head of a Man, circa 1st Century A.D.

5,000 - 8,000 GBP
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  • A Celtic Limestone Head of a Man
  • stone
  • Height 32 cm.
with long roughly worked beard and mustache, and slightly tapering nose merging into the large circular eyes, the back of the head unworked.


Galerie Kamer, New York
Arthur Cohen and Elaine Lustig Cohen, acquired from the above on April 26th, 1961

Catalogue Note

The Kamer invoice records that the present head is said to have been found “in the area of St Germain, France”. In a letter dated June 16th, 1961, Fernand Benoît, Curator of the Musée d'archéologie (Château Borély) in Marseille, suggested that the head might originate from much further east, referring to parallels from Romania and Hungary.

For a related example cf. Espérandieu, Recueil général des bas-reliefs, statues et bustes de la Gaule romaine, vol. 11, 1938, no. 7722 (from Carling, Moselle).