|ROMAN BRONZE THREE-HEADED CERBERUS
The triple-headed guard dog of the underworld with three canine heads, the larger central head upraised and turned to its right, and two smaller heads, that to the left also turned to its right, that to the right looking up and slightly to its left, two of the heads with upright triangular ears, one with the ears folded back, the fur rendered by neat incision. Superb style.
Ca. 2nd Century AD
H. 4 in. (10.1 cm.)
Ex French collection; Christie's, London, 7/10/1987, lot 201. John Kluge collection from Royal-Athena; Christie's New York, 2004; JME collection, 2005-15.
Published: C.C. Vermeule and J.M.Eisenberg, Catalogue of the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Bronzes in the Collection of John Kluge, New York and Boston, 1992, no. 88-107.