A Roman Marble Torso of Hermanubis, circa 2nd Century A.D.
12,000 - 18,000 GBP
A Roman Marble Torso of Hermanubis
circa 2nd Century A.D.
standing with the weight on his right leg, wearing a short chiton girdled at the waist, and a long chlamys fastened with a circular brooch on his right shoulder and falling down the front and back, the left hand formerly held close to the breast, remains of struts on the right hip and left breast; no restorations.
Height 60 cm.
Neck break carved flat with rusty dowel indicates a formerly
Rust stains on neck break and front of neck.
Surface somewhat weathered and with chips and abrasions overall, particularly along edges of folds.
Drilled and mounted on square base.
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For the costume compare a statue of Anubis with kerykeion in Naples: LIMC, vol. 1, p. 865, no. 17, pl. 689 (http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/marbilderbestand/816888). The present torso could well have represented Anubis with attributes of Hermes.