Roman Grey Marble Statue of a Sleeping Girl
2nd century AD; length m 1.13; Nude, with eyelids ajar, in an deep slumber; a drapery surrounds the head, descending and wrapping around the body under the soft belly. Exotic features, evocative of North Africa; however the hairstyle refers to those of the Antonine Dynasty, such as Faustina the Elder. We don't know whether it represent a sarcophagus lid or a stand-alone sculpture, we only know that this sleeping girl was loved in the past, because of the numerous restorations and reconsideration: an iron rod at the feet to reinforce, the armilla on the right arm sculpted at a later stage, the hole in the ear realized for a lost metal or glass earring, the upper part of the head restored in antique with a portion of Parian marble... Therefore, this sculture clearly represent an original and unique work of art. Provenance: Property of a medical doctor; from ACR, Auction 17 (London, 30 June 2015), lot 65; until 1987 in the Ghassan T. Rihani collection, Amman (Jordan).