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A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A MAN
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A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A MAN\n\nLATE REPUBLICAN-EARLY IMPERIAL, CIRCA LATE 1ST CENTURY B.C.- EARLY 1ST CENTURY A.D.\nDepicting a mature man, finely carved with deep-set small lidded eyes beneath overhanging drooping brow, delicately incised eyebrows, crow's feet and horizontal and vertical forehead wrinkles visible, prominent nasolabial folds running down from his outer nostrils to his mouth, with sunken cheeks and prominent cheek-bones, with thin top lip and a fleshier lower lip, with short hair brushed forward in comma-like curls above his forehead and temples, his close-cropped beard and moustache added in the 3rd Century A.D.\n11 in. (28 cm.) high
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notes

This arresting portrait of a Roman male is a continuation of the veristic” tradition of the earlier Republican Period, where the sitter would be portrayed with every wrinkle, line and blemish; a style based on the wax death mask used in the funeral procession and displayed in the home for veneration by the ancestors.

The non-drilled pupils of this example and lack of incised irises, as well as the small patch of plastically rendered hair-locks over the forehead, suggest that it was produced in the late 1st Century B.C., at the close of the Republican Period and the beginning of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty. The incongruous coarsely stippled moustache and beard are likely a later addition from the second quarter of the 3rd Century A.D., when such facial hair is ubiquitous in male portraiture.

The finely grained marble of the above portrait is reminiscent of the Luna marble of the portrait head of an old man in the Getty, cf. J.Harris (ed.), A Passion for Antiquities; Ancient Art from the Collection of Barbara and Lawrence Fleischmann, Cleveland, 1994, pp. 334-336, no. 117.

title

A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A MAN

keywords

1st Century B.C., Ancient Art & Antiquities, statue, marble, Roman

department

Ancient Art & Antiquities

dimensions

11 in. (28 cm.) high

provenance

with Jean-Luc Chalmin, Switzerland, 1994.

special_notice

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