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Hellenistic to Early Imperial Period 2nd cent. B.C.-1st cent. A.D..
Marble. H. 15.5 cm. W. 9.5 cm. D. 10.5 cm
Deep-set eyes, prominent cheekbones and slightly sunken cheeks characterize the face of this bearded man's head and betray his already advanced age. The wild curly hair is held together by a narrow fillet, which is tied around the top of the head. The lower half of the face is dominated by an ample full beard, whose strands are sculpted in a manner similar to that of the hair on the head. The peculiarly raised top of the head with no discernible hair structure possibly represents a kind of headgear resembling a Pilos. The sculpture may represent Odysseus, who is usually represented with ample hair and a full beard. As the head is turned distinctly to the left but is nonetheless designed to be viewed from the front, the figure was likely represented in action. Thus, the head may originally have belonged to a sculptural group. On the other hand, the strikingly haggard facial features, the wild, curly beard and the fillet are reminiscent of philosopher portraits, although our portrait shows no individual features. Circular drill holes for the tear ducts, at the corners of the mouth and in the beard. Condition: Right half of head, top, forehead and back weathered.
Formerly priv. coll. of the Danish author Leif Hasle (1933-2016), Copenhagen.
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A Head of a Bearded Man, possibly Odysseus

Estimate CHF 4,500 - CHF 5,500Jul 07, 2020
Starting Price CHF 4,500
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