A Roman marble figure of Asclepius
Lot 49* W
A Roman marble figure of Asclepius
Sold for £ 76,900 (US$ 101,316) inc. premium

Antiquities

3 Apr 2014, 10:30 BST

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
A Roman marble figure of Asclepius
Circa 1st-2nd Century A.D.
The god depicted standing with his weight on his right leg, his left relaxed and bent at the knee, his right hand on his hip, wearing a himation around his waist and hanging over his left shoulder, the folds falling along his left side, his left arm once resting on staff, now missing, the back roughly-hewn, 52in (132.1cm) high, mounted on a marble base

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    American private collection, acquired from Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, New York in 2002.
    Richard James Collection, New Jersey, acquired from Hesperia Art, Philadephia, in 1968 and accompanied by a copy of the receipt.

    Literature:
    Despite the absence of the head and attributes, from the stance and drapery it is likely that this depicts Asclepius the Greek god of healing and medicine. For the type, cf. B. Holtzmann, 'Asklepios', Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologicae Classicae, II, 1984.
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