A Roman sarcophagus fragment with a lion head
Lot 76
A Roman marble lion head from a strigilated sarcophagus
Sold for £62,400 (US$ 105,750) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Roman marble lion head from a strigilated sarcophagus
Circa 3rd Century A.D.
Carved and drilled in deep relief, the snarling face turned to the left, with a wrinkled nose and furrowed brow, the eyes sunken into the deep sockets, peering upwards to the left, the eyeballs with incised irises and deeply recessed 'lunate' pupils, the open mouth with large twisted incisors and a protruding tongue, a large fluted circular knocker handle looped through the jaws and hanging across the chin, the thick drilled mane framing the face in tufts and curls, extending down the right side of the head as it emerges from the sarcophagus, with remnants of the deep furrows of the strigilation visible behind, 23½in. (59.6cm.) high, 17in. (43.1cm.) diam., some chips, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Formerly the Property of Gawain McKinley acquired before May 1996

    Literature:
    Cf. H. Oehler, Foto & Skulptur, Rominische Antiken in englishen Schlössern, pl. 69 and S. Walker, Catalogue of Roman Sarcophagi in the British Museum, (London), nos 39 & 40, p.35. This head probably belongs to the group of lenoi sarcophagi carved in Rome and Ostia during the 3rd Century A.D. Such lion-headed sarcophagi grew in popularity and use, as they were less expensive to produce than the more complex figural ones.
Activities
Auction information

This sale is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future sales, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this sale, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.