Lot 135. A Roman marble head of Apollo, Antonine Period, circa 100-150 A.D. Estimate £50,000 - 70,000 (€57,000 - 80,000). Photo: Bonhams
Provenance: Private collection, Germany, since 1964.
Note: The luscious curls of the present lot is typically early Antonine, with deeply-drilled, bountiful locks piled high upon the head. Sculpture during the Antonine periods is characterized by an increased emphasis in drill work focused on producing full, plastically-rendered curls, which were contrasted with the smoothly polished face of the subject.
For an Apollo with a similarly fleshy face, quiet countenance and high laurel wreath, see Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek, Copenhagen, inv. no. 1612. The present lot probably represents Apollo Kitharoidos, i.e. Apollo holding the kithara, a depiction which emphasises his role as god of music.