Relief Head of an Old Man

Culture: Roman
Period: 1st half of 1st century A.D.
Material: Marble
Dimensions: 17 cm x 17.5 cm
Price: 12 000 Euro
Ref: 3348
Provenance: German private collection, acquired prior to 1986 in the Netherlands. Thence Gorny & Mosch auction 189, Munich 2010, lot 5. Last in the French private collection Gilles Grimm. Accompanied by a French antiquities passport.
Condition: A minor wear on the chin, small chips on the ear, in total a wonderfully preserved and of an impressive expression.
Description: Magnificently worked out relief head of fine crystalline marble depicting an old man with distinct features. The chin sunken with high, strong cheekbones. The eye with thick lids under strong almost bulging brows. The man has a bald head reaching far to the back and a fringe of wavy hair. The base of the neck also remarkably strong. The wrinkles in the nape indicate that the old man on the relief was depicted possibly looking up and in seated or kneeing position. A fine sculptural work from the 1st century A.D. Mounted.