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Ancient Roman Marble Statue of a Reclining River God - 200 AD

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Seller: artancientltd (9,295) 99.7%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 201685058487 Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge Click to Enlarge A beautifully carved ancient Roman marble figure of a reclining river god, dating to the early 3rd century AD.The very essence of this magnificent river god seems to have melded with his watery domain; the beard is more weed than human hair, a crocodile lies tamed at his feet and broad reeds stretch up his arm like aqueous serpents. He is shown partially robed, with a muscular physique and his arm resting on an overturned vase, which would originally have gushed with water. Wearing a crown of reeds, the figure is deeply carved, and has a confidence that could only be achieved a fine sculptor; the folds of the himation, drilled hair and contours of the musculature all have a powerful effect on the viewer.River gods were, as the name suggests, deities believed to embody the great rivers of the ancient world. With a distinctive languid form, they were popular depictions throughout the ancient Mediterranean, where they could be found in wealthy villas or public monuments, normally with their back to a wall as a fountain emerged from an amphora situated on the god's lap. This example, though modelled in the round, was likely used in this context.Due to their popularity in the provinces (where there was limited access to expert sculptors), many surviving examples appear to be roughly carved. However, this example, with its statuesque majesty, is a fine example of Roman Antonine/Severan period sculpture. Length: 27 1/4 inches.Condition: Very good, the marble is high quality, with losses to the head and hands, unrestored. Provenance:Ex. European private collection, acquired 1980’s. Subsequently formed part of a Spanish private collection. Exported from Spain under export license 2013/02778. 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, www.ArtAncient.com. 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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