Roman bronze Apollo Kitharoidos - ex Christie's

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Object: Figure of Apollo Kitharoidos (Apollo with a cithara (lyre))

Material: Bronze

Date: About 1st - 2ndcentury A.D.
Roman Empire

Description:    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.

Size: Height with marble base 181 mm, without base 133 mm

Condition: Left arm and both feet broken and missing. Otherwise excellently preserved with beautiful patina. Mounted on modern green marble base.

Reference: 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)

Provenance: 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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