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The companion of emperor Hadrian, with thick curly hair, each holding a scallop-shell tray. Probably made to adorn a lectica, a kind of portable bed, which became a popular mode of transportation for the well-to-do in the late Republic.
Very rare.

2nd Century AD

H. 4 7/8 in. (12.5 cm.)

Ex German collection.

Published: J. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, 2008, no. 67.

Cp. a similar pair of bronzes in the Hermitage, nos. V866 and V867.

GMG34
$22,500


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