A Roman Rosso Antico Marble Herm Head of Hermes, 1st/2nd Century A.D.
probably from a herm pillar, with luxuriant unruly beard, his hair radiating from the crown, bound in a fillet, arranged in three rows of circular curls above the forehead, and falling in long corkscrew curls over the shoulders and in a broad mass of finely incised voluted curls over the nape of the neck, a circular hole on top of the head; no restorations.
Height 15 cm.
Paris art market, prior to 1951 (based on custom-made wood base bearing the stamp of Kichizô Inagaki, 1876-1951)
Hans Tollmann, Cologne (Gorny & Mosch, Munich, November 2004, no. 461, illus.)
Royal-Athena Galleries, New York
North Carolina private collection, acquired from the above in February 2005
Royal-Athena Galleries, New York, inv. no. ER1506C
acquired from the above by the present owner