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Currently on view at: Getty Villa, Gallery 209, Early Roman Sculpture
Pair of Portrait Busts of Youths and an Unrelated Pair of Marble Eyes
Roman Empire (Place Created)
Eastern Gaul (France), France (Place Found)
Bronze and marble
Who do these two bronze portrait
One bust has an acanthus band at the bottom; while this feature is missing on the other bust, traces of solder may indicate its original presence. Also missing from both heads are the original inlaid eyes made of colored stone or glass paste. The emphasis on the front view, the simplistic treatment of the back of the head, and the overall style indicate that this pair of busts was made in the Roman province of
These busts are said to have been found in France along with the Offering Box and the Statuette of
Found: Eastern Gaul (France), France (near Besancon in Fellman 2000; between Annecy and Annemasse in Pollini 2002)
Jean-Luc Chalmin (London, England), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1989.
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Mattusch, Carol. The Fire of Hephaistos: Large Classical Bronzes from North American Collections, exh. cat. (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Art Museums,1996), Both are published; see exts.
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Fellmann, Rudolf, et al. "Une divinite gallo-romaine inconnue, son precurseur gaulois et un depot de statuettes trouve en France," La sculpture d'epoque romaine dans le nord, dans l'est des Gaules et dans les regions avoisinantes. 2000. pp. 163-175, Both are published; see exts.
Pollini, John. "Two Bronze Portrait Busts of Slave Boys from a Shrine of Cobannus in Gaul," Studia Varia from the J. Paul Getty Museum 2. Occasional Papers on Antiquities 10 (2001), pp. 115-152, Both are published; see exts.
The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), Both are published; see exts.
Lahusen, Götz, and Edilberto Formigli. Römische Bildnisse aus Bronze: Kunst und Technik. (Munich: Hirmer, 2001), nos. 92, 93 (see extensions).
Pollini, John. The Cobannus Hoard. Gallo-Roman Bronzes and the Process of Romanization (Leiden: Brill, 2002), Both are published; see exts.