A Roman Marble Head of Aphrodite or a Muse, circa 1st Century A.D.
Property from a French Private Collection
A Roman Marble Head of Aphrodite or a Muse
circa 1st Century A.D.
with centrally parted hair bound in a fillet, spiral tresses falling over the nape of neck, two small symmetrical locks above the forehead, short locks escaping before the ears; no restorations.
Height 24.5 cm.
As shown. Top of head missing. Face intentionally smashed. Chips and abrasions overall. Note larger chips to top of ponytail and proper right side of hair. Areas of calcium deposits and staining. Underside of neck was finished in antiquity and bears a Swiss export stamp. Drilled for mounting on a stepped wood base painted and varnished glossy black. Old handwritten label on top of base reads "M126".
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The present head is the first known replica of a head in Kassel: P. Gercke, N. Zimmermann-Elseify, Antike Steinskulpturen und neuzeitliche Nachbildungen in Kassel, 2007, p. 120f., no. 30: https://datenbank.museum-kassel.de/26300/T57177/0/0/t3327/0/4/objekt.htm. The Greek original appears to have been created in the 2nd Century B.C. It likely represented Aphrodite or a Muse.