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A Roman Rosso Antico Marble Herm Head of Hermes, 1st/2nd Century A.D.
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
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A Roman Rosso Antico Marble Herm Head of Hermes, 1st/2nd Century A.D.
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A Roman Rosso Antico Marble Herm Head of Hermes, 1st/2nd Century A.D.
probably from a herm pillar, with luxuriant unruly beard, his hair radiating from the crown, bound in a fillet, arranged in three rows of circular curls above the forehead, and falling in long corkscrew curls over the shoulders and in a broad mass of finely incised voluted curls over the nape of the neck, a circular hole on top of the head; no restorations.
Height 15 cm.
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Provenance

Paris art market, prior to 1951 (based on custom-made wood base bearing the stamp of Kichizô Inagaki, 1876-1951)
Hans Tollmann, Cologne (Gorny & Mosch, Munich, November 2004, no. 461, illus.)
Royal-Athena Galleries, New York
North Carolina private collection, acquired from the above in February 2005
Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, inv. no. ER1506C
acquired from the above by the present owner

Catalogue Note

Cf. type F of Curtius’ typology of bearded herm-heads: L. Curtius, Zeus und Hermes, (1. Ergh. RM), 1931, p. 71, pl. 21. For herm busts made of coloured stones see H. Gregarek, Kölner Jahrbuch, vol. 32, 1999, p. 105f.

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