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Ancient Roman Marble Portrait Bust of a Youth - 200 AD

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Seller: artancientltd (9,397) 99.6%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 201672133811 Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge An exceptional Roman marble portrait bust of a youth, shown as a worshipper of Isis, dating to the 2nd-3rd Century A.D. The bust almost perfectly preserved, highly accomplished and carved of very high quality marble. We see a bare-chested youth full of vitality, his facial features striking and sensitively rendered in the smooth stone. He faces forward, looking slightly down and to the left, as if in a state of perplexion or deep thought. His lips are almost suggestive of a smile, his cheekbones and temples clearly defined. His hair is short, delineated by stipples, with a small lock of hair on the right side, identifying him beyond doubt as a worshipper of the Goddess Isis. His chest is very well carved, showing incredibly lifelike musculature, notably the deltoid, pectoralis, abdominal and neck muscles. This remarkable bust shows a young follower of the Goddess Isis. The worship of Isis, a native Egyptian deity, spread rapidly from Egypt after its conquest by Rome in 31 B.C. The worship of the Goddess was for the initiated only however, with unique rites and customs. This exclusivity, together with a relationship with Isis that many must have found more satisfying and/or accepting than the traditional Gods, lead to her worship spreading far and wide by the 2nd Century A.D. A particular custom known to us was that young male worshippers, perhaps out of respect to the Goddess, would grow a short lock of hair to the side, in the manner of Isis' son Harpokrates. Upon adulthood this lock was ceremonially cut. Here we see the youth, unusually old in appearance, perhaps depicted just before this significant rite of passage. His expression is complex, rather mysterious and may indeed have been intended to convey the mystery and intrigue of this religion to followers and non-followers alike. Height of bust: 19 1/2 inches Condition: Exceptional. The whole portrait bust is virtually complete, with the exception of the nose, which has been restored. The head reattached to the body and the join restored. It is very rare to see portrait busts in this condition from this period. Provenance: Ex. Collection of Sandy S. Hudson, GA, USA, by descent from Mrs. L. Strother. A photograph of the piece in the Strother family home is available upon request. Ms. Hudson has donated several artworks to U.S. Museums, including the Georgia Museum of Art (2009.178) and the Columbus Museum (2007.51). The piece was reportedly acquired by L. Strother in Columbus in the 1950's- early 1960's. Published: ArtAncient, 2014. Glimpses. Object 26. References: Compare a similar example of a younger subject, now on display at the British Museum. Also see another younger portrait recently sold on the Art Market. Authenticity Our parent company, ArtAncient Ltd. are members of the Antiquities Dealer's Association, LAPADA, CINOA and the BNTA. We exhibit at major art fairs and have sold to museums and important collectors. All objects we sell are authentic as described. Shipping We send all collectibles Registered, Signed-for and Insured. We do not profit from shipping charges. As volume sellers with preferential rates, we are mostly able to ship at below commercially available prices. Combined shipping In some cases we can combine multiple items into a single package to save you money. However, If you plan to purchase items over the course of a day or more you must delay payment and let us know after you have purchased the first item. Otherwise all items are sent following cleared payment. Terms and conditions No Sales Tax/VAT will be charged by ourselves. All sales are subject to our terms and conditions, which can be found on our website, As legitimate sellers, we do not mis-describe items on the customs form. Please note that in most countries, antiques and collectibles are eligible for minimal/zero charges on importation. inkfrog terapeak inkFrog Analytics

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