Head of Tiberius
23—37 CE.
Sessa Aurunca, Civic Museum

Head of Tiberius.

23—37 CE.

Sessa Aurunca, Civic Museum
(Sessa Aurunca, Museo civico).

Private collection, USA.
Royal-Athena Galleries.
Private collection, Algeria — France.
Sessa Aurunca, Civic Museum.
Found during archaeological excavations in 1925-26 together with a group of sculptures in the cryptoporticus of the ancient Roman theater of Sessa Aurunca near Naples.
Since 1926 in the Civic Museum of Sessa Aurunca, from where it was stolen in 1944.
Sold from the private collection of Fernand Sintes on March 17—18, 2003 at the Piasa auction (Hôtel Drouot — Richelieu, lot 569) in Paris to the art dealer “Royal-Athena Galleries”. According to the certificate of origin, the head belonged to the seller’s grandfather, from the Algerian Bacri family, after whose death in 1960 it was inherited by the seller and was transported to Marseille, France (as indicated by the information on the sale of the head of Drusus: “Cette tête de même originance que la tête vendue le 18 March 2003” — “This head is of the same origin as the head sold on March 18, 2003”).
Then it was shipped to the USA and put up for sale at the art dealer “Royal-Athena Galleries” (catalogue Jan. 2004, vol. XV, pp. 10—11, lot 24; the lot’s origin says: “Ex French private collection, Marseilles; said to have been found in North Africa”).
It was bought by a private collector and exhibited at a New York museum in 2004.
Returned to Italy on January 19, 2017 as having a criminal origin.
© 2018. Photo: Comando Tutela Patrimonio Culturale.
Exhibition “Testimoni di civiltà” (Roma, Palazzo Montecitorio, Camera dei Deputati, Sala della Lupa, 23 Jan.—28 Feb. 2018), organized by the carabinieri.
Add. information about the origin: https://lootingmatters.blogspot.com.
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