|PAIR OF ROMAN BRONZE DEEP BUSTS OF ANTINOUS
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.
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.