A Roman marble portrait head of a youth
Lot 127
A Roman marble portrait head of a youth
£20,000 - 30,000
US$ 34,000 - 50,000
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A Roman marble portrait head of a youth A Roman marble portrait head of a youth A Roman marble portrait head of a youth
Lot Details
A Roman marble portrait head of a youth
Circa A.D. 54-59
Probably the Emperor Nero being crowned with a wreath by his mother Agrippina the younger, her fingers visible at the right ear, depicted with characteristic rows of curly hair brushed forward on his forehead, 8¾in (22.2cm) high, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    English private collection.
    American private collection, Woodland Hills, California, acquired in 2008.
    With Royal Athena Galleries, New York, Art of the Ancient World, volume XV, 2004, no. 28.
    With Jean Philippe de Serres, Paris, September 2003.

    Literature:
    The Emperor Nero (Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus) succeeded his uncle Claudius in A.D. 54 and was the fifth and final ruler of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. This piece has been dated to between Nero's accession in A.D. 54 and the murder of Agrippina by her son in A.D. 59.

    A marble group of Agrippina crowning her son Nero as emperor was found in Aphrodisias at the Sebastieion, North Building (Inv. 82-250): R.R.R. Smith, 'The Imperial Reliefs from the. Sebasteion at Aphrodisias', The Journal of Roman Studies, 77, 1987,
pp.127-32, no. 11, pls. 24-26.1-2.
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