A Hellenistic bronze roundel with a bust

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Lot 255
A Hellenistic bronze roundel with a bust

£ 2,500 - 3,500
US$ 3,100 - 4,300

Antiquities

15 Oct 2008, 10:00 BST

London, New Bond Street

A Hellenistic bronze roundel with a bust
Circa 1st Century B.C./A.D.
Probably an attachment from a funerary bed, modelled in high relief with the head of a female goddess, possibly Victory, emerging from a flat circular plaque, gazing to her left, wearing a chiton, with a twisted torque around her neck, her hair centrally parted framing her face, and surmounted by a winged diadem, wavy strands of hair falling onto her shoulders, a hole for attachment in the crown of her head, 6¾in (17.3cm) diam, mounted on a modern flat glass disc

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Acquired in 1998.

    Literature:
    For an example of a bust of Cupid on a bronze funerary bed discovered in a tomb in Abruzzo, cf. M. Bertoletti et al., Centrale Montemartini Musei Capitolini, (Rome 2007), nos.22-28.
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