|ROMAN MARBLE HERM BUST OF A WOUNDED AMAZON
Of the ‘Sciarra’ type, based upon a Greek bronze of ca. 440-430 BC attributed either to Kresilas or to Polyklitus. This remarkable example exhibits so much pathos, yet, despite her plight, this Amazon shows no sign of pain or fatigue. The serenity and emotional restraint in her facial expression are a testament to the sensitivity of the Greek original and this Roman artist.
Julio-Claudian period, 1st Century AD
H. 15 in. (38 cm.)
Ex French collection of Klaus Otto Preis, acquired c. 1950-1960; French art market, March 2008; ex Dr. H. collection, Germany, acquired from Royal-Athena in April 2008.
Cf. Roman marble head of an Amazon in the Capitoline Museum, Rome.