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Hellenistic silver Apollo
Hellenistic silver Apollo
Hellenistic silver Apollo
HELLENISTIC SILVER APOLLO

Probably a portrait of a Hellenistic prince in the guise of the god, perhaps Mithridates VI Eupator of Pontus, or his son Ariarthes IX Eusebes Philopator of Cappadocia, of slender and youthful form, standing in a graceful attitude with his weight on the left leg, his extended right hand holding a rhyton, the left hand a fragmentary bow, his head turned to the right, with full lips, straight nose with flaring nostrils, and eyes with indented pupils, his long unuruly wavy hair bound
in a diadem. Superb style!

Late 2nd-early 1st Century BC

H. 4 in. (10.2 cm.)

Ex NFA, New York, circa 1992; New York private collection; Australian private collection. Ref: Marie-Louise Vollenweider, Musées de Genève, no. 274, January 1987, pp. 4-5, cover illus. NFA Antiquities, New York, Treasures from an Ancient Jewelbox: Gold and Silver of the Ancient World, circa 1992. Robin Symes, Ltd., London, Royal Portraits and Hellenistic Kingdoms, catalogue of the exhibition at 2 East 79th Street, New York, November 30th-December 3rd, 1999, no. 24, illus.

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