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Bronze bust of "Pseudo-Seneca"  

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Late 19th century copy of the "Pseudo-Seneca" Roman bronze bust discovered in the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum in 1754


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Late 19th century


Bronze sculpture on circular cast base. 24 cm (9½") high including the base. 

Nice example of one of the fairly numerous but highly collected copies of the bust originally believed to depict Seneca the Younger, the notable Roman philosopher, because its emaciated features were supposed to reflect his Stoic philosophy. However, modern scholars agree it is likely a fictitious portrait, likely intended for either Hesiod or Aristophanes. It is thought that the original example was a lost Greek bronze of ca. 200 BCE. The bust is conserved in the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples.

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No notable aspects of wear; very good or better.

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