Ancient Sculpture and Works of Art

Ancient Sculpture and Works of Art

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Property of a Gentleman

A Roman Marble Figure of the Muse Erato or Terpsichore, circa 2nd/3rd Century A.D.

Auction Closed

December 5, 03:41 PM GMT


150,000 - 250,000 GBP

Lot Details


leaning on a quadrangular support to her right with the weight on her left leg, and holding a fragmentary kithara atop the support, and wearing sandals, chiton, belted peplos with overfold, and himation fastened with a brooch on her left shoulder, falling over her back down to her feet, and cascading in zigzaging folds at her right side, her head turned slightly to her right, her deeply-drilled wavy hair parted in the center and bound in a chignon.

Height 74 cm.

Munich art market, in or prior to 1926

Dr Taher Khorassani (1885-1974) collection, Vienna and Munich, acquired prior to July 1957

on consignment to H. Korban Gallery, Hotel Hilton, Vienna, 1970

Austrian private collection, by descent (Christie's, London, October 1st, 2015, no .109, illus.)

Phoenix Ancient Art, New York

Sotheby's, London, December 4th, 2018, no.26, illus.

acquired by the present owner at the above sale

A related figure of a Muse appears in reverse on a late 2nd-century sarcophagus formerly in the Giustiniani Collection and now in Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum: M. Wegner, Die Musensarkophage, Die antiken Sarkophagreliefs, vol. V.3, 1966, p. 88f., no. 228, pl. 9b;


Recorded: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, photo no. 3604, dated 1926, logged in on June 10th, 1929 (; 


Korban Art Gallery, Hotel Hilton, Vienna, Catalogue. Greek & Russian Icons. Ancient Art, 1970, no. 201, illus.