View 1 of Lot 75. A Monumental Marble Portrait Head of the Emperor Nerva, late 1st Century A.D..
View 1 of Lot 75. A Monumental Marble Portrait Head of the Emperor Nerva, late 1st Century A.D..
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A Monumental Marble Portrait Head of the Emperor Nerva, late 1st Century A.D.

Estimate:

15,000 - 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 - 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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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.