ROMAN SCULPTURES

 

816   MARBLE TORSO
         II century A.D.
Female figure standing with her weight on her left leg, the right leg relaxed accenting the curvature formed by her waist and hips. Right arm slightly extended, with the left pressed against the body. Himation draped over left shoulder, leaving right breast and arm uncovered. Chiton cut low at neck in deep V, its descent obscured by himation. Mounted on custom made marble stand. H. 5.4"(13.7 cm).
$ 3000

 

 

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817   MARBLE RELIEF OF A WOMAN
         II century A.D.
Face depicted frontally with hair parted in center and covered by veil. Defined upper and lower lids, incised pupils, broad-bridged nose, small and thick lips forming pout expression. 4.2"x 5"x 1.8 "(10.7 x 12.7 x 4.6 cm).
Perhaps a fragment of a funerary relief or sarcophagus wall.
$ 1500

 

 

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1125   ROMAN BONE  PLAQUE OF HYGIEIA
           I century B.C. - I century A.D.
Carved in relief, back is flat. Depicted frontally with the weight on the left leg, left arm bent at elbow, holding phiale. Dressed in sleeveless high girded chiton and elaborately draped himation leaving right arm free, falling across left arm, covering shoulder. There is a bone rivet in the center for attachment. Head is mended, missing fragment at the base.
H. 2.8" (7.1 cm).
 
$ 450

 

 

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793   TERRACOTTA GROUP
         I century A.D.
Molded figure mounted on galloping horse, wearing Asiatic costume:
trousers, short mantle tied in the center of his chest and Phrygian cap, right arm raised above shoulder, body turned to his right. Horse with defined features: closely-cropped mane, pointed ears, bit and bridle visible, round decorations at shoulder and hip joints. Circular vent at back. Intact. H. 4.8" (12.4 cm). 
Rider may represent syncretic Attis-Mithras.
$ 1800

 

 

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794   ROMAN TERRACOTTA GROUP
         II-III centuries A.D.
Molded, red slip. Figure of Attis slightly bent forward, running to his right and chasing a butterfly, right arm outstretched. Wearing Asiatic costume: Phrygian cap,  trousers, boots, his short mantle tied in the center of his chest leaving lower abdomen exposed. Large oval vent at back. H. 4.1" (10.4 cm).

Christie's Antiquities of New York, December 12, 2002  #241.
$ 2500

 

 

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786   TERRACOTTA FIGURE OF FORTUNA
         I-II
centuries A.D.
Moulded figure stands frontally on  "D"-shaped high base wearing long chiton with v-neck line and himation falling diagonally from left shoulder, pulled over her tall headdress. Left arm lowered, cradling cornucopia, while her right arm rests on a ship's rudder. Round vent on back. Remains of white slip. Head reattached. H. 6.6" (16.7 cm).
SOLD

 

 

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795   COMIC ACTOR
         I century A.D.
Front and back moulded. Nude torso with defined muscles front and back, distended abdomen, both arms akimbo, hips wrapped in himation all around.  A wreath with taenia, falling to shoulders. Three small circular perforations: one at the crown of the head and one on either side of the lower body suggesting a marionette type. H. 4" (10.1 cm). Right arm restored. 
$ 675

 

 

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803   TERRACOTTA FRAGMENT
         I - II centuries A.D.
Front molded. Standing figure, wearing hat with two  horns, facial features shown schematically. Clutching syrinx to his chest with both hands. Distended abdomen. Perforation at top of head, suggesting a marionette type. Part below abdomen is missing, remainder is intact. H. 3.9" (9.9 cm).  
Perhaps a figure of an actor playing Pan from Satyr-Play or other farce related to Dionysos. 
For similar see: Ribakov B.A. Archaeology of USSR. Summery of archaeological sources. Terracotta Figures. Part III. Moscow, 1974, table 54.
SOLD

 

 

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790   TERRACOTTA PHALLIC marionette
         I
century A.D.
Front molded (remainder is hand formed) standing male figure, head with prominent ears slightly tilted and arms clutching an object to his chest. Wearing only a cloth wrapped around his hips, tied with free ends in front. An enormous phallus dangling from underneath the mantle. Both legs and phallus are free moving, perforated and suspended from a horizontal axle entering through perforations on either side of mantle. Additional perforation at top of head. Intact. H. 5.6"(14.2 cm).
Originally, legs and phallus could be moved by a string  through the perforation at the head. Perhaps a figure of an actor from Satyr-Play or other farce related to Dionysos. For similar see: Ribakov B.A. Archaeology of USSR. Summery of archaeological sources. Terracotta Figures. Part III. Moscow, 1974, table 54, 55. 
$ 875

 

 

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791   TERRACOTTA PHALLIC marionette
         II-III
centuries A.D.
Hand-formed standing male figure, head with prominent ears and arms outstretched. Wearing a short mantle. An oversized phallus dangling from underneath the mantle. Both legs and phallus are free moving, perforated and suspended from a horizontal axle entering through perforations on either side of mantle. Additional perforation at top of head. Intact. H. 6.5"(16.5 cm).
Originally, legs and phallus could be moved by a string  through the perforation at the head. Perhaps a figure of an actor from Satyr-Play or other farce related to Dionysos. For similar see: Ribakov B.A. Archaeology of USSR. Summery of archaeological sources. Terracotta Figures. Part III. Moscow, 1974, table 54, 55. 
$ 550

 

 

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785   TERRACOTTA FIGURE
         III
century A.D. 
Hand formed terracotta figure wears a headdress with three circular attachments and a long garment in the form of a cone. Her right hand holds a plate with offerings. A smaller female figure wearing a tall crown and a head drape abuts her torso, holding offerings in both hands. Another smaller figure holding offerings in the right hand is perched upon the principle figure's left shoulder. Three small circular perforations: one at the crown of the head and one on either side of the lower body, suggesting a marionette type. Intact. H. 5.8" (14.7 cm).
Similar terracotta figurines have been found in both religious and domestic contexts. Their production seems to have been limited to areas of Bosporos that were under the influence of Sarmatian tribes in the first centuries A. D. For similar type of figures, see Reeder E. D. Catalogue for Scythian Gold exhibit. H. N. Abrams, Inc., N.Y., 1999, cat. # 79.
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787   TERRACOTTA FIGURE OF A GODDESS
         II-III
centuries A.D.
Front molded; arms,
headdress, small figure and back are hand-formed. Female figure seated on throne, wears a tall headdress with three circular attachments and veil, long chiton and himation. Hair is parted in the middle and flows around her face in locks to elbow length. Her right hand holds an offering plate while her left hand holds a globular object. A smaller figure is seated on her lap. H. 6.3" (16 cm). Small area on the back of base restored. 
This Bosporos terracotta represents  local  "Magna Mater deum". Iconography based on throned  image of Cybele.
$ 550

 

 

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788   TERRACOTTA FIGURE OF A GODDESS
         III
century A.D. 
A  figure of a Goddess seated on a throne wears an oversized headdress with a tall crown  and veil, cloaked in a long chiton. Hands outstretched, in her right is a phiale. Left palm is chipped, otherwise intact. H. 6.8"(17.3 cm). 
This Bosporos figure represents  local  "Magna Mater deum". Schematically and relatively, it used Cybele as prototype. For similar type of figures, see Ribakov B.A. Archaeology of USSR. Summery of archaeological sources. Terracotta Figures. Part III. Moscow, 1974, table 48. 
$ 450

 

 

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814   TERRACOTTA FIGURE
         III century A.D.
Hand-formed standing figure on high, hollow base, wearing long cloak. Left arm clutching flat half-round object (segment missing), right arm detached. Facial features shown schematically: curly hair, round eyes, lids undetectable. Intact. H. 6.2 (15.7 cm).
$ 250

 

 

 

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813   TERRACOTTA HEAD
         I century A.D.
Front molded head of a female with curly hair and two buns on top, encircled by a wreath. H. 2"(5.08 cm).
SOLD

 

 

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801   PLASTER TRAGIC MASK
         I-II centuries A.D.
Molded plaster relief appliqué with flat back. Prominently shown dimples above brows portraying forlorn expression. The mouth is gaping wide, broken off just below the chin. Grimace lines on cheeks, brows, eyes with pupils and lashes accented with black paint. High crown above detailed with blue and black pigment. Intact. H. 4.5" (11.4 cm).
Perhaps a relief from Sarcophagus.
$ 300

 

 

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806   PLASTER TRAGIC MASK FRAGMENT
         I-II centuries A.D.
Relief appliqué with flat back. From the same mold as 801 shown above. Paint is less evident. H. 2" (5.08 cm).
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805   PLASTER HEAD OF SILEN
         I-II centuries A.D.
Relief appliqué with flat back. Facial features are grotesquely prominent. Deep set eyes below substantial  brows, large deformed nose,  beard is shown in long curls. His left horn emerging from unruly hair, right horn broken off. Blue-gray pigment on beard.  H. 3.5 (8.9 cm).
Gypsum relieves were used as sarcophagus apliques.
$ 150

 

 

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792   TERRACOTTA FIGURE OF A COCK
         II century A.D.
Hand formed, standing upright on rectangular base, wings pressed to sides of body. Details are summarily represented. Tip of comb broken off, otherwise intact. H. 5.4 (13.7 cm).
SOLD

 

 

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811   TERRACOTTA  FRAGMENT
         II century A.D.
Animal from Artiodactyl family with pointed ears and muzzle, head upright. H. 1.5 (3.8 cm).
$ 45

 

 

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808   TERRACOTTA FIGURE
         I century A.D.
Figure of a pig standing with head upright, rudimentary detail. H. 1.3" (3.3 cm).
$ 85

 

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