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Lot 106: Roman marble bust of the Greek Philosopher Demosthenes

Auction 55: Fine Ancient Artifacts Winter Sale

by Ancient Resource LLC

December 4, 2016

Montrose, CA, USA

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  • Roman marble bust of the Greek Philosopher Demosthenes
  • Roman marble bust of the Greek Philosopher Demosthenes
  • Roman marble bust of the Greek Philosopher Demosthenes
  • Roman marble bust of the Greek Philosopher Demosthenes
  • Roman marble bust of the Greek Philosopher Demosthenes
  • Roman marble bust of the Greek Philosopher Demosthenes
   
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Description: A wonderful Roman marble bust depicting the Greek philosopher and orator Demosthenes (384-322 BC), c. 2nd Century BC, with expressive bearded features and wavy hair, his brow furrowed as if in contemplation. Originally would have been set atop a square pillar, his name in Greek neatly incised on the lower left hand part of the chest. H: 13 ¼ in (33.6 cm); W: 7 ½ in (18.1 cm). Well-preserved with light mineral deposits. This example, as well as numerous others produced throughout the Roman world, was based on a bronze original produced by the Greek artist Polyeuktos. That sculpture was considered to be one of the earliest Greek portraits bearing a lifelike representation and was set up in the Agora of Athens. Demosthenes himself is perhaps best known historically for leading an eventually failed revolt against Alexander the Great, after the death of Phillip II. Cf. Lippold, Griechische Plastik, 303 (n.1); Furtwängler, Catalogue of the Munich Museum, 316. Ex Old English private collection; Ex Royal Athena Galleries, New York, 2004.

Condition Report: The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Interested bidders are strongly encouraged to request a condition report on any lots upon which they intend to bid, prior to placing a bid. All transactions are governed by Ancient Resource LLC's Conditions of Sale.

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