ROMAN FEMALE BONE STATUETTE

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ROMAN FEMALE BONE STATUETTE

Standing frontal, clad in long plaited dress in layers, holding her arms raised before her and bent at elbow, gold ‘snake’ bracelets around wrists, gold earrings with two pearls and turquoise glass bead, her hair dressed up in double knot (‘butterfly’) on top of head, chignon at nape of neck; dark color for eyes, brows and hair; back flattened

Ex coll. H. Mahboubian, UK 1960s; Christie’s London 1997, lot 133
H. 19,7 cm. Intact, some encrustation. Mounted, Jewellery most likely added in 19th century.

3rd- 4th cent. AD

Cf. C. Vermeule ea., Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1976, p.57, no. 76 (accession no. 69.1) info from Dr. John Herrmann, Boston USA

Hekate is a Greek mythological chtonic goddess of magic, ghosts, moon and crossroads; often called upon by women during childbirth; Medea her famous priestess

 15.000

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