Apr 23, 2008
Apr 23, 2008
Apr 23, 2008
Apr 23, 2008

Portrait Bust of a Man

Portrait Bust of a Man

27 BC-AD 14

Bronze

Overall: 38.1 x 21.6 cm (15 x 8 1/2 in.)

Weight: 19.958 kg (44 lbs.)

Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1928.860

Location

Did you know?

This portrait originally had inlaid eyes, probably in stone, glass, or ivory.

Description

The realistic features of this fine life-sized portrait include wrinkles in the forehead and beside each eye, and very naturalistic ears, protruding but not quite symmetrical. The stylized hair is neatly arranged and suggests a date in the Augustan period, although some scholars have seen it as late Republican. Likely once topping a shaft as a herm bust, the portrait’s subject—now unknown—would have been identified by an inscription.

See also
Collection: 
GR - Roman
Department: 
Greek and Roman Art
Type of artwork: 
Sculpture
Medium: 
Bronze

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