Lifesize+ Roman Basalt Head of God Apollo
Lifesize+ Roman Basalt Head of God Apollo:
**This is an oversized piece that may require special shipping. Please inquire for a quote prior to bidding.Rome, Imperial Period, ca. 3rd century CE. A larger-than-life head of the god Apollo, skillfully hand-carved from basalt. The youthful god of music, the sun, light, poetry, prophesy, healing and more is depicted in an idealized manner with “pretty boy” features – huge, almond-shaped eyes with heavy lids, a defined nose, a prominent philtrum, bow-shaped, pursed lips – on that elegant, oval face that tapers to a soft, gently jutting chin. Supported by a broad neck, the divine visage is crowned by a thick waves of hair that dramatically flow upwards in a halo-like manner, topped by classic topknot; reminiscent of the famous Apollo Belvedere (ca. 120 to 140 BCE). Size: 10.75″ L x 10.5″ W x 14.5″ H (27.3 cm x 26.7 cm x 36.8 cm)
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Provenance: private New York, USA collection; ex-private United States collection, acquired in the 1960s, imported in the late 1980s
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Fragment of a larger piece. Repairs to base with restoration over break lines. Minor areas of loss on both side of top bun and tuft of hair on proper right side. Natural perforations to stone with small areas of loss to back of head, as shown. Abrasions, softening of detail, and nicks throughout, commensurate with age. Otherwise, very nice with earthen deposits throughout.