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Berenice bust

Berenice bust



Haddonstone’s Berenice is a fine replica created from an1889 bronze by the renowned Naples studios of Sabatino de Angelis. The Sabatino edition was taken from an antique excavated in 1754 from the atrium of the Villa of the Papyri in Herculaneum having been buried in volcanic ash following the AD79 eruption of Vesuvius. One of the largest and most lavish Roman residences ever to be explored, the Villa’s name derives from the discovery of a library in the house containing more than 1,800 papyrus scrolls.

A member of the Herodian Dynasty that ruled the Roman province of Judea, Berenice had a tumultuous love life including an affair with the future Roman Emperor Titus. The original bust of Berenice is now displayed at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale in Naples. This bust, featuring fabulous corkscrew-curl hair, would make a charming addition to a garden or interior.


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