A Greek marble head of Alexander-Helios

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Lot 101
A Greek marble head of Alexander-Helios

£ 20,000 - 30,000
US$ 27,000 - 40,000

Antiquities

28 Nov 2019, 10:30 GMT

London, New Bond Street

A Greek marble head of Alexander-Helios
Late Hellenistic Period, circa 1st Century B.C.
Wearing a seven-pointed radiate crown atop his luxurious hair, styled in two rows of curls and falling onto his shoulders, the rounded face with unarticulated almond-shaped lidded eyes and small, full mouth, remains of drapery on his left shoulder, 17cm high

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Mr A. collection, Paris, acquired prior to 1996.

    Published:
    F. Antonovich, Les Métamorphoses Divines d'Alexandre, Paris, 1996, p. 50.
    C.-G. Schwentzel, Images d'Alexandre et des Ptolémées, Paris, 1999, p. 66-7, no. 12.

    One of the identifications made with Alexander the Great was that of Helios, the god and personification of the sun. This idealised portrait-type sculpture has Alexander's characteristic thick, curly hair set into his anastole hairstyle. Cf. a bust of Helios now in the Agora Museum, Athens, inv. no. S 2255; this sculpture was once thought to be a portrait of Alexander-Helios, related to the so-called Eubouleus type, though is now considered simply a depiction of the sun god.
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