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Christie’s Spring Sale includes Ancient Greek Antiquities

cycladic_figuresChristie’s announced that its spring sale of antiquities will take place on June 5.  The auction features over 130 works of art from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt and the Near East. It will include a wide selection of objects, from glass, bronze and pottery to marble portrait busts and bronze armor.

An impressive Egyptian Painted Mummy Portrait of a Woman (Roman Period, circa 2nd century A.D.) is leading the auction, estimated at 300,000-400,000 dollars. It depicts a woman approximately 30 years of age. She is presented with a coiffure of center-parted curly hair pulled taut behind her ears in a manner displayed in portraits found primarily in the city of Antinoopolis, on the east bank of the Nile in Middle Egypt.

One of the top lots of the auction is a Cycladic Marble Reclining Female Figure of the 3rd millennium B.C., which is estimated at 200,000-300,000 dollars. Most of these figures come from graves, indicating the high status of their owners. The modern rediscovery of Cycladic sculpture occurred in the 19th century, when figures were collected by travelers, some soon finding their way to museums such as the Louvre and the British Museum. The Ancient Greek Cycladic sculpture had a huge influence on many of the 20th century’s top artists, such as Modigliani, Brancusi, Moore and Picasso.

Cypriot limestone male head from the Archaic Period, is estimated at 80,000-120,000 dollars and a Roman Marble Portrait Head of the Emperor Augustus, of the late 1st century B.C. – early 1st century A.D., is estimated at 200,000-250,000 dollars.

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