A Roman marble fragment of a bearded male head, left side of face, short beard finely carved on side and under chin. Roman Imperial Period, c. 1st-2nd century AD. H. 16 cm. L. 16 cm.

The fragment is most likely a Roman copy of a Greek public person. In a letter dated 1975 from the former director of Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek it is tentatively suggested the head could be of Sophocles (the Farnese type).

Provenance: J. A. Jerichau (1816–1883). Sold at the Jerichau estate sale in 1884, lot 47–50 “Damaged head and fragments of heads”. Stated in bill. Professor C. Wilkens (1844–1929). Danish private collection, by inheritance.


Antiquities, furniture, decorative art, carpets and books, 22 September 2021


30,000–40,000 DKK


Price realised

130,000 DKK