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Roman Bronze Head of an African Male

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Roman Bronze Head of an African Male

Lot 0056B Details

Description
Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A hollow cast bronze head of a man with classically "African" features, including large lips and wide nostrils. The figure has open, hollow eyes that probably once had inlays of precious stones, and hair that hangs in thick braids from the crown of the head. These braids are carefully depicted, with incised lines giving them a lifelike appearance. Size: 1.9" W x 2" H (4.8 cm x 5.1 cm); 5.15" H (13.1 cm) on included custom stand.

The Romans had extensive contacts with people from Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa (in addition to variously occupying land in Egypt and western North Africa). Gold, food, spices, slaves, textiles, coinage, and even exotic animals were part of the robust trade between these regions. Some Africans lived in Rome, and some notable examples ascended to high social status. Well-read Romans regarded the kingdom of Ethiopia - which they used to refer to everything south of Egypt - as a place to be respected. However, in Roman mythology and literature, black skin was a sign of an inhabitant of the Underworld - for example, Charon is described not only as having black skin, but also having the facial features of an Aethiops by multiple Classical authors, including Ovid, Pliny, and Virgil. What Romans intended by their artistic depictions of Africans is unclear, and remains a point of research and debate.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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#133384
Condition
Small areas of wear and surface damage commensurate with age and handling. This includes some pitting and scratching. Form is very clear.
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Roman Bronze Head of an African Male

Estimate $600 - $900
Apr 26, 2018
Starting Price $300
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0056B: Roman Bronze Head of an African Male

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Est. $600 - $900Starting Price $300
Antiquities - Egypt, Greece, Rome, Near East
Thu, Apr 26, 2018 10:00 AM
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Lot 0056B Details

Description
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Roman, Imperial Period, ca. 1st to 3rd century CE. A hollow cast bronze head of a man with classically "African" features, including large lips and wide nostrils. The figure has open, hollow eyes that probably once had inlays of precious stones, and hair that hangs in thick braids from the crown of the head. These braids are carefully depicted, with incised lines giving them a lifelike appearance. Size: 1.9" W x 2" H (4.8 cm x 5.1 cm); 5.15" H (13.1 cm) on included custom stand.

The Romans had extensive contacts with people from Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa (in addition to variously occupying land in Egypt and western North Africa). Gold, food, spices, slaves, textiles, coinage, and even exotic animals were part of the robust trade between these regions. Some Africans lived in Rome, and some notable examples ascended to high social status. Well-read Romans regarded the kingdom of Ethiopia - which they used to refer to everything south of Egypt - as a place to be respected. However, in Roman mythology and literature, black skin was a sign of an inhabitant of the Underworld - for example, Charon is described not only as having black skin, but also having the facial features of an Aethiops by multiple Classical authors, including Ovid, Pliny, and Virgil. What Romans intended by their artistic depictions of Africans is unclear, and remains a point of research and debate.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back.

A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany all winning bids.

We ship worldwide to most countries and handle all shipping in-house for your convenience.

#133384
Condition
...
Small areas of wear and surface damage commensurate with age and handling. This includes some pitting and scratching. Form is very clear.

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