Early Archaic Janus Head in Limestone

Stock Number: 3713

Archaic Carved Stone Head of Janus, integrated graduating triangular socle. Most likely a finial or Epi de Faitage of a gateway or Entrance. Limestone, France, 17th Century. Provenance from the Private Collection of a Surrealist Artist. Some restoration to the area of neck joining the socle. Janus is a complex but enigmatic figure, more often seen as two faces of the same God. Janus is thought to represent the transitional phase between eternal and the temporal. In ancient Rome religion and myth Janus is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, doorways and passages, The two faces are generally believed to be looking representative of looking to both the future and the past.
Dimensions: 45cm (H) x 32cm (W) x 25cm (D)    Show in inches

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