A Late Roman marble figure of a girl holding a goose
Lot 264
A Late Roman marble figure of a girl holding a goose
Sold for £22,500 (US$ 37,779) inc. premium
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A Late Roman marble figure of a girl holding a goose
Circa 3rd-4th Century A.D.
Carved in the round for a funerary monument, depicted seated, with youthful features, wearing the chiton and himation in the classical style, her hair tied in a saccos headdress decorated with incised on the forehead indicating folds of fabric, with shoes covering her feet, holding a goose on her lap, 14in (35.5cm) high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    With Helios Gallery Antiquities, 1996.
    English private collection, received as a gift in December 1972.
    English private collection, acquired in the late 1940s.

    Literature:
    This sculptural type has its origins in Classical Greek funerary art and the image of a young girl holding a bird continued in popularity throughout the Hellenistic and Roman periods. The most famous example is the 5th Century B.C. stele from Paros now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, inv. MMA 27.45; Also cf. R.R.R. Smith, Hellenistic Sculpture, London, 1991, no.115. for the 3rd Century B.C. funerary figure of a young girl in the Fethiye Museum, Turkey. This example is one of a rare group of such figures dating to Late Antiquity.

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