A Roman marble head of Homer
Lot 129W
A Roman marble head of Homer
Sold for £31,200 (US$ 48,887) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Roman marble head of Homer
A Roman marble head of Homer
Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.
Depicted with a full beard, his hair thinning on top and curls falling over his ears, his brows drawn into a severe frown, with folds of drapery at his neck, 18½in (47cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Acquired in London in 1988. Accompanied by a copy of the receipt.

    Literature:
    A number of similar heads of Homer survive, cf. G.M.A. Richter, The Sculpture and Sculptors of the Greeks, New Haven and London, 1970, p.56, fig.255. They are Roman copies of a Hellenistic original depicting Homer blind. The closest comparison to this example appears to be in Mantua, Palazzo Ducale 75. There is also a bronze bust in Florence (Museo Archeologico, 1646) which replicates the unusual drapery.
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