Head of Apollo

Marble Height 21 cm (8.3 in.) Roman - 2nd-3rd Century AD

The youthful god gazes forward, his head turned to the left. His wavy hair is centrally parted and tied in a bun at the nape of his neck, two delicate strands fall onto his forehead and one in front of each ear. He has an elegant neck, narrow jawline, plump lips and strong nose, his pupils incised. Small loss to the nose and chin. Some pitting to the surface. The separately made crown of the head is missing; remnants of an iron pin in one of the two fixing holes; the surface roughened to aid adhesion.

Sotheby's, London, UK, 6 July 1964, lot 173, catalogued as a 'marble head of a woman... found on the Black Sea'; Knoedler Gallery, New York, USA; Sotheby's, London, UK, 14 May 1973, lot 179, 'The Property of the late John F. Keane Esq.'; Private collection, France


Charles Ede

"Ancient Art"

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