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A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A YOUTH, JULIO-CLAUDIAN, EARLY 1ST CENTURY A.D.

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 90,000 GBP

Property from a European Private Collection

A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A YOUTH, JULIO-CLAUDIAN, EARLY 1ST CENTURY A.D.

A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A YOUTH, JULIO-CLAUDIAN, EARLY 1ST CENTURY A.D.

Estimate:

60,000

to
- 90,000 GBP

Property from a European Private Collection

A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A YOUTH, JULIO-CLAUDIAN, EARLY 1ST CENTURY A.D.


turned to his right, with parted lips and prominent brow, his hair falling over the forehead in sickle-shaped locks, remains of metal pins in the hair above the temples, a small rectangular hole on the roughly carved top, the neck carved for insertion into a statue draped with a chlamys, a fold of which is carved over the nape of neck; no restorations.

Height 37 cm. Height of head 22 cm.

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This lot should have a W symbol in the printed catalogue. This lot will be transferred to Sotheby's Greenford Park Fine Art Storage Facility on the day of the sale. Collection can be made from Greenford Park two days after the sale.

Robin Symes, Ltd., London, 1970s

European private collection, acquired from the above on July 16th, 1979

by descent to the present owner

The present head is probably a thoroughly idealized portrait of a Julio-Claudian prince, which the sculptor based on the head type of the Doryphoros by Polykleitos. The disposition of the locks shows notable similarities to this type (see D. Kreikenbom, Bildwerke nach Polyklet, 1990, pls. 172ff.), especially above the forehead and before the ears. The rendering of the locks is similar to Julio-Claudian portraits; cf. a portrait of Germanicus in Copenhagen (F. Johansen, Catalogue Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Roman Portraits, vol. 1, 1994, p. 130f., no. 53), or a portrait of Tiberius in Madrid (D. Hertel, Die Bildnisse des Tiberius, Das römische Herrscherbild, vol. I.3, 2013, p. 168, no. 68, pl. 70). The metal pins in the hair are likely to have held a wreath. The function of the rectangular hole remains unclear.