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A Monumental Marble Portrait Head of the Emperor Nerva, late 1st Century A.D.

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

15,000

to
- 25,000 GBP

A Monumental Marble Portrait Head of the Emperor Nerva, late 1st Century A.D.

A Monumental Marble Portrait Head of the Emperor Nerva, late 1st Century A.D.

Estimate:

15,000

to
- 25,000 GBP

Lot sold:

13,860

GBP

A Monumental Marble Portrait Head of the Emperor Nerva
late 1st Century A.D.
with high cheekbones, deep folds flanking the mouth, and heavy lower lids, his hair falling in crescentic locks over the forehead and temples, the neck originally carved for insertion; restorations to lower part of face, nose formerly restored, underside of neck carved flat in modern times.
Height 57 cm. Height of head (from chin to crown) 45 cm.
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Chin restored in marble and mouth in plaster. Nose once restored, probably in marble based on flat nose break surface and dowel hole (now filled). 

Rims and lobes of both ears chipped and abraded. 

Cone carved for insertion of head into statue was sawn off directly below neck, with some remaining in back. 

Back of head summarily carved. 

Entire surface weathered, suggesting that head was once displayed outside.

Drilled and mounted on metal stand.


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English private Collection, acquired in the 1960s
Galerie Chenel, Paris, Visage, 2013, pp. 34-35
Sotheby's, London, December 3rd, 2019, no. 41, illus.
This head represents the Roman emperor Nerva (reigned A.D. 96-98). Most of his portraits are recarved from portraits of Domitian (see, for example, a head in Rome: K. Fittschen and P. Zanker, Katalog der römischen Porträts in den Capitolinischen Museen, vol. 1, 1985, p. 37, no. 34, pl. 38). The present head appears also to be recarved, based on the cursory workmanship of the back. An "original" portrait of Nerva is in Copenhagen: F. Johansen, Catalogue Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Roman Portraits, vol. 2, 1995, p. 88f., no. 31.