Lot 449

Marble bust of a hermaphrodite with the features of Alexander the Great
Height: 48.5 cm.
Roman, 2nd century AD.

With French antiquity pass.

Bust of fine crystalline marble with the face of a young man wearing the features of Alexander the Great. The hair parted in thick curls in the middle falls over the ears and the back of the head. The eyes are gentle and almond-shaped, peeking out from thick lids. The mouth finely curved and closed. At the neck two horizontal folds. The upper body with its gentle curves and female breasts identifies the bust as a hermaphrodite.

Hermaphroditos is a young man whom Aphrodite gave birth to Hermes. Through the action of the gods his body is fused with that of the nymph Salmakis. The depiction of Hermaphrodite as Alexander suggests a workshop in Alexandria, where the cult of Alexander experienced a new flowering in Roman times. Socketed. Nose slightly bumped, one closed crack above the left breast, another from the left shoulder to the right breast. Some minor bumps repaired, but overall in very good condition with a graceful expression.

Provenance:
Sotheby's London 12 June 1967, lot 115.
Sotheby's London 1 July 1969, lot 253.
Then Royal Athena Gallery, New York.
Private collection Dr. Emilio Rotello, Barcelona 1970.
Then in a private collection in Barcelona.
Auction Delorme & Collin du Bocage on 1 August 2011, lot 57.
Last in a French private collection. (1240071) (10)


Marble bust of a hermaphrodite with facial features of Alexander the Great

Height: 48.5 cm.
Roman, 2nd century AD.
With French antiques certificate.

Bust of a young man in fine crystalline marble with the facial features of Alexander the Great. The torso with its soft curves and female breasts identifies the bust as a hermaphrodite. The depiction of this hermaphrodite as Alexander suggests a workshop in Alexandria, where the Ptolemaic Cult of Alexander the Great saw a revival during the Roman era.
On base. Nose slightly chipped, closed crack above the left breast and from the left shoulder to the right breast. Several small chips restored, however, in overall very good condition with charming expression.

Provenance:
Sotheby's London 12 June 1967, lot 115.
Sotheby's London 1 July 1969, lot 253.
Then Royal Athena Gallery, New York.
Private collection Dr Emilio Rotello, Barcelona, 1970.
Then private collection, Barcelona.
Auction Delorme & Collin du Bocage on 1 August 2011, lot 57.
Last held in a private collection, France.