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Ancient Sculpture & Works of Art


A Roman Marble Figure of the Muse Erato or Terpsichore, circa 2nd Century A.D.
leaning on a quadrangular support to her right with the weight on her left leg, and holding a fragmentary kithara atop the support, and wearing sandals, chiton, belted peplos with overfold, and himation fastened with a brooch on her left shoulder, falling over her back down to her feet, and cascading in zigzaging folds at her right side, her head turned slightly to her right, her deeply-drilled wavy hair parted in the center and bound in a chignon; no restorations.
Total height 74 cm.
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Munich art market, in or prior to 1926
Dr Taher Khorassani (1885-1974) collection, Vienna and Munich, acquired prior to July 1957
on consignment to H. Korban Gallery, Hotel Hilton, Vienna, 1970
Austrian private collection, by descent (Christie's, London, October 1st, 2015, no .109, illus.)



Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, photo no. 3604, dated 1926, logged in on June 10th, 1929 (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/marbilderbestand/821273/, http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/buchseite/57165)


Korban Art Gallery, Hotel Hilton, Vienna, Catalogue. Greek & Russian Icons. Ancient Art, 1970, no. 201, illus.

Catalogue Note

A related figure of a muse appears in reverse on a late 2nd-century sarcophagus formerly in the Giustiniani Collection and now in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, Antikensammlung, inv. no. I 171: M. Wegner, Die Musensarkophage (Die Antiken Sarkophagreliefs, 5.3), 1966, pp. 88f., no. 228, pl. 9b (http://www.khm.at/objektdb/detail/50863/?offset=9&lv=list).

Ancient Sculpture & Works of Art