A Roman marble bust of a child
Lot 228*
A Roman marble bust of a child
Sold for £52,800 (US$ 85,753) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Roman marble bust of a child A Roman marble bust of a child
A Roman marble bust of a child
Egypt, circa 2nd Century A.D.
Depicted as a worshipper of Isis, the details of the short hair in the form of finely incised strokes, with longer curls of hair emerging as a lock at the back of the slightly distended head, the face with delicate features, the smooth, light browline with finely-lidded almond eyes beneath, the lips full and the ears small, a notch in the top of the head, 9½in (24.1cm) high, some restoration, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Property from an American private collection. Acquired by the present owner's father in the 1930s.

    Literature:
    These locks of hair, more usually over the right ear, are indicative that the child is supposed to be a worshipper of Isis, whose son Harpocrates is depicted with a similar Sidelock of Youth. These locks were 'worn by devotees till they reached puberty.' Cf. S. Walker & M. Bierbrier, Ancient Faces. Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt, (British Museum 1997) pp. 192-3, no. 261.
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