C20th Grand Tour Bronze Bust of “Seneca”, after the First Century B.C. Roman Bust.


Found in Herculaneum in the Villa of the Papyri in 1754, this ancient bust was imagined to be of Seneca. It is now recognised not to be a portrait of that writer and stoic philosopher. There are about two dozen identical images from antiquity, and it is conjectured that they are after an original Greek bronze of about 200B.C. It is, at any rate, a striking image, and consummate sculpture. This example is 22 cm tall, and shows fine detailed work on the hair in particular. Perfect for any library, and being bronze, can sit undamaged in full sun on a window sill. Our bust is 20th century.

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