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A Roman Marble Head of Aphrodite, circa 2nd Century A.D.

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Estimate:

3,000

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- 5,000 GBP

A Roman Marble Head of Aphrodite, circa 2nd Century A.D.

A Roman Marble Head of Aphrodite, circa 2nd Century A.D.

Estimate:

3,000

to
- 5,000 GBP

Lot sold:

7,560

GBP

A Roman Marble Head of Aphrodite

circa 2nd Century A.D.


turned to her right, her eyes with incised irises, her centrally parted wavy hair swept back to a chignon behind, bound in a diadem, and gathered in a topknot; no restorations.

Height 15 cm.

A shown. Note chips and abrasions to most protruding parts, such as chin, nose, brows. ears, top knot, chignon, etc., as well as a fresh chip below proper right cheek. Hair more weathered in front than in back. Some of original polish preserved on face and neck and covered in root-marks. Shallow circular hole on neck break towards the back, perhaps an aborted attempt at drilling for a mount. Drilled in center of neck break for mounting on a steel pin set into a a wooden base.


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Herbert Cahn, Basel
private collection, Basel, acquired in the 1950s/60s from the above
Christoph Leon, Riehen
private collection, Basel
acquired by the current owner from the above in 2017
The turn of the head and the hairstyle recall the Crouching Aphrodite type: LIMC, vol. 2, pp. 104ff., pls. 100ff. Cf. also the not belonging head of an Artemis-statue at Blenheim Palace: A Scholl et al., Die antiken Skulpturen in Farnborough Hall, 1995, p. 22f., no. B2, pl. 8.