A Roman bronze balsamarium of the Diadoumenos
Lot 108
A Roman bronze balsamarium of the Diadoumenos
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Lot Details
A Roman bronze balsamarium of the Diadoumenos
Circa 1st Century A.D.
In the form of a herm bust, the head turned to his right, the hair clustered in curls and bound with a diadem, the eyes drilled, the musculature of the chest defined, surmounted by a neck with trefoil mouth, 6in (15cm) high, mounted


  • Provenance:
    English private collection.
    With Royal Athena Galleries, New York, Gods and Mortals, volume II, 2004, no. 39.
    Christie's New York, The Morvern Collection of Ancient Art, 8 June 2004, lot 469.
    Collection of John W. Kluge (1914-2010), Charlottesville, Virginia.
    German private collection, 1980s.
    Said to have come from Anatolia.

    C. Vermeule & J. Eisenberg, Catalogue of the Greek, Etruscan and Roman Bronzes in the Collection of John Kluge, New York and Boston, 1992, no. 88-100.

    The Diadoumenos was a Greek bronze masterpiece by Polykleitos circa 440 B.C. depicting a youth tying a fillet around his head. It was copied widely during the Roman period in both marble and bronze. For a related larger-scale bronze herm bust of the Doryphoros (also by Polykleitos) from the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum (Inv. 4885) signed by the sculptor Apollonius, son of Archias of Athens, cf. C.C. Mattusch, The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum. Life and Afterlife of a Sculpture Collection, 2005, pp.276–7.
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