Lot 108: Marvelous Roman marble head of the emperor Hadrian
December 4, 2016
Montrose, CA, USALive Auction
Description: A marvelous Provincial Roman marble head of the Emperor Hadrian, AD 117 - 138, probably from a life-sized statue, beautifully carved in very realistic style, wearing medium beard, his hair in slight curls which frame his face. H: 12 in (30.4 cm); W: 9 1/2 in (16.1 cm). Height with base: 18 in (45.6 cm). Hadrian is often remembered as one of the greatest rulers in the history of the Roman Empire. Hadrian spent much of his rule outside of Italy, exploring his empire and widening his influence. He was a man not simply focused on military exploits, but culture as well, and had interests in topics such as poetry, philosophy, and even wrote an autobiography, 'Historia Augusta'. What he may be most well known for in our time is the erection of Hadrian's Wall, which was built as one of the many permanent fortifications around the empire's border. A large portion of this wall remains, and it is the largest Roman artifact to still stand. This sculpture has great surfaces with deposits within the recesses. A powerful and extremely well-preserved piece of Roman imperial sculpture! Ex collection of a Monaco gentleman, acquired in the 1970's; Ex collection of Hamilton White, UK.
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