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Lot 28, Auction 7/11/2017: Finely-Carved Roman Marble Bust of a Significant Male

Rome, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 4th period CE. A beautifully carved creamy white marble imperial bust depicting an attractive male elite figure with classicizing features and a wavy coiffure with each curly lock skillfully delineated, the style characteristic of the Julio-Claudian period, beneath a plain headband/diadem, donning an elegant garment/toga wrapped across his torso, its innumerable folds cascading over one another, and presenting a finely modeled visage clearly influenced by a taste for naturalism, yet also demonstrating the Classical World's embrace of idealized portraiture. Custom stand. Size: 2.625" W x 3.75" H (6.7 cm x 9.5 cm); 6.5" H (16.5 cm) on stand

Condition: Area of loss to left side of garment. Expected surface wear with some pitting to nose and mouth. Marble shows attractive lustrous surface with earthen deposits as shown.

Provenance: ex-private York, England collection

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