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Lot 1889 - S19 Dr Sylvia Legrain Collection - Wednesday, 20. September 2023, 10.00 AM

VOTIVE COLUMN TO HECATE, a so-called "hekateion".

Roman, 2nd century A.D.
Marble hewn all-around with sintering and remains of polychrome paintwork on a round base. Three female personifications of the Goddess Hecate, each dressed in a peplos and with chest-length hair, around a central column. One figure with a dog, one with an amphora, and one with two torches.
H 44 cm.

Chips. Torch and dog incomplete.

- Private collection, England.
- Sotheby's London, July 1972.
- Sid Port Collection.
- Charles Ede, 6 November 2006.

The figure on offer is illustrated in: Charles Ede, Collecting Antiquities, London, 1976, pp. 76-77 with figures and page 80 (fig. 208).

This specific iconography of Hecate in her triple-bodied form and standing around a central column was created in Athens around 430 B.C. by the sculptor Alcamenes. Hecate was a deity with infernal, partly nightmarish connotations, and was stylized as the Mistress of the Spirits in Hesiod's Theogony. Her worship apparently originated in Western Asia Minor and flourished until the Roman Imperial period. As a fearsome Mistress of Magic, her image was particularly suitable for warding off Evil among the general population. However, the exact interpretation of this votive column remains obscure, even today. Various related figures of the three-headed Hecate are known. See LIMC, Vol. 6, pp. 998 ff, plate 661 ff.
A monograph published in 2015 analyzes the cult surrounding Hecate in more detail: R. Carboni, Dea in limine. Culto, immagine e sincretismi di Ecate nel mondo greco e microasiatico, 2015.

CHF 30 000 / 50 000 | (€ 30 930 / 51 550)

Sold for CHF 131 250 (including buyer’s premium)
All information is subject to change.