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Colossal Early Roman Portrait Head of a Man

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Colossal Early Roman Portrait Head of a Man

Type -
Marble bust

Size -
Height 16 in (41 cm)

Price -
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Colossal Early Roman Portrait Head of a Man

Type -
Marble bust

Size -
Height 16 in (41 cm)

Medium -

Year -
Circa 1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D.

Condition -
Intact, mounted on a custom base display stand

Certificate of Authenticity

About the piece

This example has an expressive face with Hellenistic influences. The head turned slightly to the right, the eyes deep set beneath down turned eyebrows. The broad forehead, furrowed by five horizontal wrinkles. The hair is rendered by deep, dense incisions that curve over the temples. The ears are schematically modeled, the nose is long and slightly sloping, the flesh is treated in a distinctively realistic fashion. The lips are slightly pursed and the cheeks are somewhat sunken, showing the marks of advanced age.

Hellenistic and verist influences are evident in portraits from the end of the Republic to the early part of the empire

cf: For a related head (but smaller and in terracotta), , see cat. no. 46, p. 115, Roman Art from the Louvre.

Ex- Prominent early German private collection; American collection, 1990s.

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