|ROMAN MARBLE OVER LIFE-SIZE HEAD OF A GODDESS
Possibly Persephone, daughter of Zeus and Demeter. The eyes of this superb head are recessed for inlay; retaining some original pigment, especially in the hair.
1st-2nd Century AD or later
H. 15 in. (38 cm.); head only 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.)
Ex collection of Georges Krimitsas (d. 2004), Rueil Malmaison, France; private collection, Rome, catalogued by Deutsche Archäologisches Institut, Rome, 1929; J.B. collection Miami, Florida, acquired from Royal-Athena in 2007.
Published: Deutsche Archäologisches Institut, Rome, 1929 (see photo below); J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2007, no. 9.
Cf. the head of the bronze Peplophoros, in C. Mattusch, The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum, 2005, p. 200, pl. 5.31 -5.34
For a male head with similar eye treatment see Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, cf. a marble head of a Greek general, accession number 24.97.32 (acquired in 1924).
|The present head catalogued at the Deutsche Archäologisches Institut, Rome, 1929.|