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Roman Janiform Herm Fragment

Antiquities - Roman


LOT 0187

Estimate
GBP (£) 450 - 650
EUR (€) 510 - 730
USD ($) 610 - 880
Additional Fees*

Opening Bid: £450 (EUR 509; USD 610)
ROMAN JANIFORM HERM FRAGMENT
1st century BC-1st century AD

The upper part of a janiform marble statue or herm with wavy hair held in place by a fillet to the brow, deeply sculpted ears; possibly depicting a younger and older Hermes or Bacchus. 3.3 kg, 17.5cm (6 3/4").

Condition
Fine condition.

Provenance
Ex V.C. Vecchi and Sons Ltd., Great Smith Street, London, 1971-1985.

Footnotes
The term 'janiform' derives from the Roman divinity Janus, the god of doors and openings, who is usually depicted with two faces back to back. Free standing herms served many functions, from religious to decorative. Portrait herms depicting the heads of statesmen, philosophers and poets were used as garden ornaments and set up in rows or enshrined in niches. One of the most popular herms was that of Bacchus, god of wine, fertility, the theatre and the life force in nature. The hairstyle on the heads of this herm recall archaistic models harking back to ancient Greek sculptures that were popular in the Roman period.

Date
Monday 27th February 2017 :
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