Female stone portrait head
Head of a woman
Stone, possibly marble
About 3rd century B.C. - 1st century A.D.
Hellenistic Greece or Egypt under Roman rule
Head of a woman, slightly tilted to the right. Neatly parted hair falling in long curly strands. Straight nose, large almond-shaped eyes, wide brows, full lips, expressive chin.
Height without base 130 mm, with base 275 mm. Width about 125 mm, depth about 130 mm.
Originally part of a figure or group, cleanly broken at neck below chin. Head itself in excellent condition, surface with nice patina and only minimal wear. Mounted on a modern marble base. Note with Ritschel collection number "24".
Compare the Ptolemaic head in the Brooklyn Museum with Accession Nr. 71.12.
Acquired by us in 2019 from the estate of professor Ritschel, Austria. Exported with the approval of the Austrian federal monuments office. Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Ritschel acquired his collection between 1960 and 1970 from international art dealers.
Professor Ritschel played an important role for the culture and historical heritage of Salzburg in Austria. He supported the town's cultural development with great commitment. For example, he sponsored the restoration of the Franciscan Church. As a president of the local museum association he was playing a key role in the erection of the Salzburg Museum in the Neue Residenz. The author and brilliant writer manifested his interest in history in over 50 books and 500 columns telling the story of Salzburg. He lived his passion to communicate history to a broader public. For his achievements Karl-Heinz Ritschel was decorated many times, for example in 1995 when the Republic of Austria awarded its Decoration for Science and Art.
Also his private collection of ancient art was impressive, focussing on Roman pottery, glass, bronzes and portraiture. We have taken great care to prepare the apparently unpublished pieces with our usual high claim to quality. Now we would like to give them back to the commitment and care of a well-managed collection.
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