A Roman marble cuirassed bust

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Lot 106
A Roman marble cuirassed bust

£ 40,000 - 50,000
US$ 48,000 - 60,000
A Roman marble cuirassed bust
Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.
Probably of an Emperor, wearing a cuirass over a pleated tunic, a paludamentum fastened on the left shoulder with a circular rosette fibula, the shoulder strap knotted over the right pectoral, the baldric crossing beneath the left pectoral, the cuirass breast-plate with a gorgoneion in relief, the frontal head with wings in her flowing hair and snakes knotted below her chin, 12½in (32cm) high, 18½in (47cm) wide, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    French private collection, Nimes, before 1950.
    Thierry and Christine de Chiree Collection.

    Literature:
    Such cuirassed busts were primarily employed for Imperial portraiture, depicting the Emperor as 'Imperator' in full military guise. Cf. C. Vermeule, Greek and Roman Sculpture in America, Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1981, figs.267, 301 (for a full torso).
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