|ROMAN LIMESTONE HERM BUST OF A BEARDED PHILOSOPHER
The square section shaft with incised rectangular outlines.
Derived from the Greek form, these were used in gardens to form galleries of sculpture for fences during the late empire.
An example of the herm gallery with similar sculptures is the famous one at Welschbillig near Trier.
Ex German collection.
3rd-4th Century AD
H. 20 in. (51 cm.)
Art of the Ancient World, 2010, no. 32