Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A finely presented bust depicting the upper chest and shoulders of a muscular male, hand-carved from a creamy white marble. His lobed pectorals are skillfully delineated from his toned abdomen, with broad shoulders bearing evidence of brawny arms and grooved scapula outlines flanking a recessed spinal column. His wide chest culminates in rounded clavicle protrusions just beneath where the chin would rest. The dynamic pose of this figure is shifted slightly to the right shoulder which would have presented a raised arm while the left was draped at his side. The intention of such a calculated, triumphant pose was perhaps to convey human vitality and intellectual sophistication, both aspects which ancient Romans held in high regard. A wondrous and well-modeled example representing an athletic and elegant body. Custom museum-quality display stand included. Size: 9\" W x 7.25\" H (22.9 cm x 18.4 cm); 11\" H (27.9 cm) on included custom stand.
For a comparison example in depictions of Roman male physique from a full torso, please see The Metropolitan Museum of Art, accession number 17.230.21: https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/250556
Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection; ex-William Froelich collection, New York, USA, acquired in the 1970s
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This is a fragment of a larger marble figure. Original head, arms, and lower body missing as shown. Surface wear and abrasions commensurate with age, minor nicks to chest, neck, arms, and torso, and slight darkening to surface color. Nice earthen deposits throughout. Drilled through bottom for mounting.