A Roman bronze sandaled foot
Lot 71*
A Roman bronze sandaled foot
Sold for £ 200,000 (US$ 251,238) inc. premium

Antiquities

28 Nov 2018, 10:30 GMT

London, New Bond Street

Lot Details
A Roman bronze sandaled foot
A Roman bronze sandaled foot
Circa 2nd Century A.D.
From a monumental statue, the naturalistic foot encased in a trochades leather sandal with central double-layered tongue with side straps and looped laces, on a thick platform sole, the sandal with incised details of scrolling volutes at the ankle openings and frontal tongues, the joints of the toes and the nails well defined, 33cm long

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    with Merrin Gallery, New York.
    Private collection, USA, acquired from the above in 1994.

    It is significant that the foot is represented wearing a Greek trochades sandal, a traveller's sandal with solid sides and back and a flat sole, rather than a contemporary Roman type. A similar example of sandal is worn by a monumental Roman bronze statue in the Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio, probably portraying the Emperor Marcus Aurelius as a philosopher, acc. no. 1986.5. In the Cleveland example, the Emperor wears a simple chiton and himation with the Greek trochades footwear. The details of the Emperor's bronze, hollow cast, sandal with raised platform are remarkably similar to the present lot, suggesting that this lot might similarly come from an Emperor-Philosopher statue. Like Marcus Aurelius, other Emperors including Hadrian and Septimius Severus chose to portray themselves as learned philosophers, as opposed to generals or administrators.
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