Roman, Imperial Period, ca. ca. 1st to 2nd century CE. In a word, EXQUISITE! A breathtaking, finely carved and modeled marble head of Apollo in wondrous Classical style, subtly turned on his elegant neck, with almost feminine features and hairstyle. The youthful god of music, the sun, light, poetry, prophesy, healing and more is depicted in an idealized manner with "pretty boy" features - almond-shaped, generously lidded eyes, an aquiline nose, bow-shaped lips - on that elegant oval face that tapers to a soft, gently jutting chin, as a billowing, centrally-parted wavy coiffure with locks of hair flowing away from the crown frames his noble countenance, and is surmounted by a diadem. Size: 5.4" W x 4.75" H (13.7 cm x 12.1 cm); 7" H (17.8 cm) on included custom stand.
Notice the varying textures rendered by the sculptor - from the fleshiness of his thick lids to the fluid properties of his eyes to the wispy locks. What's more the realistic proportions of this face suggest that this sculptor revered mathematically based proportions in his figures, much like the revered Greek sculptor Polykleitos who purportedly said, "Perfection comes about little by little through many numbers".
A similar piece sold for 11,250 GBP ($14,198) at Sotheby's London - 29 November 2017, lot 37.
Provenance: ex West Hollywood, California USA collection, ex private New York, New York, USA collection acquired before 1980, thence by family descent
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Head is separated from its body as shown with the neckline slightly smoothed. The neck has been drilled to accommodate the stand. Nose is partially lost. Small chips and nicks on surface commensurate with age, but aside from this, the head is beautifully preserved, with the details of the hair, eyes, and lips particularly well preserved.