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A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF HERMES, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

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Estimate:

25,000

to
- 35,000 GBP

Property from a Private Collection, Hawaii

A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF HERMES, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF HERMES, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

Estimate:

25,000

to
- 35,000 GBP

Lot sold:

30,000

GBP

Property from a Private Collection, Hawaii

A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF HERMES, CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.


turned to his left, the youthful face with full bow-shaped lips and deep-set eyes, his short hair surmounted by a petasos, the base of the neck originally carved for insertion; no restorations, underside of neck carved flat in modern times.

Height 31 cm; height of face 14 cm.

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Ernest (d. 1964) and Charlotte Goldsmith, New York

Stephen E. Goldsmith (1944-2009), Wailuku, Hawaii, by descent from the above

received as a gift from the above by the present owner

The rendering of the hair and facial features is comparable to Greek statuary types of the mid 5th Century B.C., especially the Ince-Riccardi type (cf. S. Kansteiner, Pseudoantike Skulptur II, 2017, p. 37). The petasos is likely to be a feature added by the sculptor of the Roman Imperial era.


The jewelry designer Ernest Goldsmith emigrated to the United States in 1941. Before WWII he had owned a well-known jewelry store in Cologne.