A Greek marble torso of Narcissus
Lot 94
A Hellenistic marble figure of a youth
Sold for £63,650 (US$ 106,984) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Hellenistic marble figure of a youth
Circa 2nd-1st Century B.C.
With a lean body and finely carved musculature, standing with his torso twisting slightly to the left, the weight on his left leg, the right leg relaxed, his arms raised above his head, tresses of hair falling at his shoulders and back, 12in (30.5cm) high, mounted


  • Provenance:
    Property of a Private Trust.
    Basel private collection, Switzerland.
    With Ariel Hermann, 1994.

    Antiken Museum Basel.

    For a related figure in Paris identified as Narcissus, cf. the Mazarin Hermaphrodite (also known as the Genius of eternal rest) Musée du Louvre, inv. Ma 435 (MR 207). This figure can be seen as belonging to the Fourth Century B.C. Praxitelean type with their elongated, languid, sensuous postures. Other similar figures are identified as satyrs, Dionysus and Apollo, cf. M. Bieber, The Sculpture of the Hellenistic Age, New York, 1955, pp.15-18.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the online description for this lot should read 'A Roman marble figure of a youth. Circa 1st Century A.D.'. This lot was exhibited at the Antikenmuseum Basel from 31 July 1986 - 8 June 1991. Prior to this it was with Bruce and Ingrid McAlpine in the 1980s.
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