A MONUMENTAL ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF ANTINOUS AS DIONYSOS-OSIRIS, CIRCA A.D. 130–138
A MONUMENTAL ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF ANTINOUS AS DIONYSOS-OSIRIS, CIRCA A.D. 130–138
A MONUMENTAL ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF ANTINOUS AS DIONYSOS-OSIRIS, CIRCA A.D. 130–138
A MONUMENTAL ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF ANTINOUS AS DIONYSOS-OSIRIS, CIRCA A.D. 130–138
A MONUMENTAL ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF ANTINOUS AS DIONYSOS-OSIRIS, CIRCA A.D. 130–138
A MONUMENTAL ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF ANTINOUS AS DIONYSOS-OSIRIS, CIRCA A.D. 130–138
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Property from the Estate of Louis Maury, Switzerland

A MONUMENTAL ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF ANTINOUS AS DIONYSOS-OSIRIS, CIRCA A.D. 130–138

Estimate: 60,000 - 90,000 GBP

Property from the Estate of Louis Maury, Switzerland

A MONUMENTAL ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF ANTINOUS AS DIONYSOS-OSIRIS, CIRCA A.D. 130–138

Estimate: 60,000 - 90,000 GBP

Lot Sold:75,000GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from the Estate of Louis Maury, Switzerland

A MONUMENTAL ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF ANTINOUS AS DIONYSOS-OSIRIS, CIRCA A.D. 130–138


from an over-lifesize statue, turned to his left, his unruly hair bound in a diadem and surmounted by a wreath of ivy leaves and berries, clusters of grapes hanging from the sides, a hole above the forehead for insertion of a headdress, a vertical channel for a lead clamp above the nape of the neck; no restorations.

Height 40 cm.; height of face approx. 18 cm.

Condition Report

Minor chip restored in painted plaster or resin in middle of proper right eyebrow. Otherwise a shown. Some modern plaster stuck in crannies. Square rectangular metal tenon driven into nape of neck. Surface slightly weathered overall, more so on top.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Cataloguing

Provenance

Galerie Segredakis, Paris, 1930s

Emmanuel Koutoulakis, Paris, before 1988

Drouot, Paris, October 2nd, 2000, no. 906, illus.

Sotheby’s, New York, December 10th, 2008, no. 43, illus.

Louis Maury, Geneva, acquired at the above sale

by descent to the present owners


Published

Hugo Meyer, Antinoos. Die archäologischen Denkmäler unter Einbeziehung des numismatischen und epigraphischen Materials sowie der literarischen Nachrichten. Ein Beitrag zur Kunst- und Kulturgeschichte der hadrianisch-frühantoninischen Zeit, Munich, 1991, p. 94f., no. I 73, pl. 83,3-5

Hans R. Goette, "Review of Meyer op. cit.," Göttingische Gelehrte Anzeigen, vol. 250, 1998, p. 40

Catalogue Note

The identification of the present head as a portrait of Antinous was questioned by Goette, op. cit., p. 40, based on its atypical hairstyle. However, the disposition of the hair above the forehead warrants a classification as a loose replica of the main portrait type of Antinous (cf. especially a head in Athens: Meyer, op. cit., p. 31, no. I 9, pl. 7). The inserted headdress could have been an Egyptian crown, which is worn by Antinous in combination with a wreath of ivy leaves on a coin from Tarsos: Meyer, op. cit., p. 149, no.Mü 7, pl.118,5. Egyptian crown and ivy wreath identify Antinous as Dionysos-Osiris.

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