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

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

    Literature:
    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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