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RB1301

A Roman Figure of a Priest, ca. 1st century B.C.

a fine statuette of a priest draped in traditional robes and holding a patera, or libation bowl, in his right hand. Though partially broken off, his left arm is clearly outstretched in an offertory manner. This gesture is typical of human and divine beings who are making sacrifice. A very similar example can be viewed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Greco-Roman collection, accession number  16.174.4


Condition: Expected wear from antiquity, face is partially worn, missing the left hand, minor loss to the top right shoulder that extends down the right arm, the lower left garment, the back of the left arm, and the lower legs probably missing. A fine green-brown patina throughout, piece is in otherwise intact and in good condition.   Mounted.

Dimensions: Figure height: 10 cm (3.9 inches); Mounted height: 12 cm (4.7 inches) 

Provenance: Private DC collection, acquired in the 1960s.  

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