The 'Beth-Shan' Bust
A monumental Roman marble double herm
Eastern Mediterranean, circa 2nd-3rd Century A.D.
Carved from marmo lunense with the opposing heads of Bacchus and Ariadne, each with the shapely lips parted revealing teeth, the eyes with drilled tear-ducts, incised irises and drilled crescentic pupils gazing upwards, each with a sharp arching brow ridge and straight nose, Bacchus wearing a fillet across his forehead, the centrally parted hair dressed with a rich garland of ivy leaves with two frontal clusters of berries, and vine leaves and bunches of grapes hanging down behind the ears, Ariadne with softer features and a fuller face, her wavy hair centrally parted and dressed with delicate ivy berries and leaves, 18¾in (47.5cm) high, 16in (41cm) diam, mounted on an Italian breccia violette marble pedestal, 39in (99cm) high, accompanied by a wooden plaque, gilt inscribed, 'The Beth Shan Bust, Bacchus and Ariadne, Graeco-Roman Period, circa 300 B.C.'; and with a set of six black and white photographic glass plates, taken in Jerusalem, pre 1940, 7 x 5in (18 x 13.5cm), one cracked
- Please note that this lot will be available for collection at New Bond Street until 5pm on Friday 2 May, after which it will be sent to our Relay Road premises for storage. Please note that storage charges will apply from Thursday 29 May.