Ancient Sculpture and Works of Art Part I

Ancient Sculpture and Works of Art Part I

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Property from the Collection of the late Antonin and Christiane Besse

A Roman Marble Portrait Statue of a Girl, Eastern Mediterranean, circa 3rd Century A.D.

Auction Closed

December 7, 04:32 PM GMT

Estimate

18,000 - 22,000 GBP

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Property from the Collection of the late Antonin and Christiane Besse

A Roman Marble Portrait Statue of a Girl

Eastern Mediterranean, circa 3rd Century A.D.


standing with the weight on her left leg, and wearing a chiton and himation, the left arm lowered, the right arm bent at the elbow and grasping the hem of the himation bunched up across the breasts, her head turned sharply to her left, her face with parted lips, her hair arranged in a melon coiffure.

Height 85 cm.


Asfar Bros., Hotel St George, Beirut
Antonin Besse (1927-2016) and Christiane Besse (1928-2021), Beirut and Paris, acquired from the above in two instalments, first the body, then the head, in the late 1960s/early 1970s
Similar figures can be found on many Roman sarcophagi from Asia Minor; see V. Strocka, Dokimenische Saülensarkophage, 2017, pls. 57.2, 65.2, 69.1, 72.1, 74.1, 84.2, and 90.2. The present figure may well have have been produced by a sarcophagus workshop.