Roman bronze Apollo Kitharoidos - ex Christie's
Figure of Apollo Kitharoidos (Apollo with a cithara (lyre))
About 1st - 2ndcentury A.D.
The naked god is standing in Contrapposto: The weight is on the right leg, the left leg is slightly bent in the knee, the muscular body is slightly leaning back. The head is wearing a high diadem decorated with palmettes, the long hair is bound to a bun at the neck, a long strand is falling on the shoulder to each side. The right arm is holding a plectron, the missing left arm originally held a large cithara.
Impressive, very aesthetic figure.
Height with marble base 181 mm, without base 133 mm
Left arm and both feet broken and missing. Otherwise excellently preserved with beautiful patina. Mounted on modern green marble base.
For a similar, finale worked figure, see:
M. Comstock & C. Vermeule, Greek, Etruscan & Roman Bronzes in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston (Boston 1971), p. 103 Nr. 109 (figurine of Hermes)
Acquired 2021 at a German auction house. Ex French private collection Gilles Grimm, acquired at Christie`s London, April 29th, 2010, auction, lot 318. Ex German (Bavarian) privat collection, formed in the 1960s.
Exported from France with export license of the Ministère de la Culture, Nr. 227066.
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