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Portrait Bust of a Man

Portrait Bust of a Man

27 BCE–14 CE
Location: 103 Roman

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.
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