A Roman marble head of Herakles
Lot 131*
A Roman marble head of Hercules
Sold for £69,600 (US$ 116,864) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Roman marble head of Hercules
Circa late 1st Century A.D.
The mature hero with his head turning dynamically to the left, with deeply-drilled curling hair and full beard, a thick moustache above his lips, the almond-shaped eyes below a strong, frowning browline, 12in (31cm) high, mounted


  • Provenance:
    With Mathias Komor, New York, in 1963.
    Robertson Alford Collection, Norfolk, Connecticut, USA.

    This representation of Hercules is similar to the type in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, which also depicts a mature but still vital hero. A Roman copy after a 4th Century Greek original, this type has been linked to both the master sculptors Lysippos and Skopas. Cf. M. Comstock & C.C. Vermeule, Sculpture in Stone: The Greek, Roman and Etruscan Collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, 1976, pp. 106-7, no. 163.
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