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A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF A GAUL, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

Property from a Belgian Private Collection

A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF A GAUL, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF A GAUL, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.

Property from a Belgian Private Collection

A ROMAN MARBLE TORSO OF A GAUL, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.


falling backwards, the entire body arching over the bent left knee, wearing trousers and a sheath with baldric; no restorations.


Height 32 cm.


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English private collection, formed in London and the Home Counties between the 1960s and 1980 (Bonhams, London, April 25th, 2012, no. 77, illus.)

The present figure can be identified by his trousers as one of the Barbarian enemies that the Romans faced on their northern borders. As in Hellenistic representations of Gauls, the warrior is shown in a defensive or defeated pose. See the lower part of a striding, trouser-clad statue of a Gaul in New York: B. Sismondo Ridgway, Hellenistic Sculpture, vol. 2, 2000, p. 318f., pl. 81 (https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/248120).