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A Roman marble portrait head of an Imperial priest
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A Roman marble portrait head of an Imperial priest \nCirca 1st Century A.D.\nLife-sized, carved in veristic style, with wide forehead and deep-set eyes, thin cheeks and slender nose, the short curly hair crowned with a cylindrical twisted diadem ornamented with berries, 10½in (26.5cm) high, mounted
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Provenance:

Hans J. Morgenthau Collection (d.1980), Chicago, formed between the 1960s-1970s. Thence by descent.

Acquired from Münzen und Medaillen, Basel, 6 May 1967.

Accompanied by a copy of the invoice dated 10 May 1967, the US Special Customs Invoice date 31 May 1967 and other correspondence related to the purchase.

Literature:

There is a marble bust of a priest with a similar twisted diadem in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Cf. R.R.R. Smith and M. Vickers, 'A Roman Priest from the Eastern Mediterranean', The Ashmolean, 49, pp. 5-6.

dimensions

Life-sized, carved in veristic style, with wide forehead and deep-set eyes, thin cheeks and slender nose, the short curly hair crowned with a cylindrical twisted diadem ornamented with berries, 10½in (26.5cm) high, mounted


*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.

*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.


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