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    Sale 7659

    Antiquities

    13 October 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 205

    A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT BUST OF THE EMPEROR CARACALLA

    LATE 2ND CENTURY A.D.

    Price Realised  

    A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT BUST OF THE EMPEROR CARACALLA
    LATE 2ND CENTURY A.D.
    Depicted as a young boy with chubby features and thick curling hair, his gaze to the right, wearing cuirass beneath a cloak or paludamentum fastened with circular clasp on the right shoulder, on later socled marble mount
    7 in. (17.8 cm.) high excl. mount


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    Septimius Bassianus, nicknamed Caracalla (because he wore a long Celtic cloak or caracalla) and later known as Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, was born in Lyon in 186 or 188 A.D., the first son to the Emperor Septimius Severus and his second wife Julia Domna. In an effort to establish his own dynasty, Septimus Severus declared the very young Caracalla a Caesar in 196 and Augustus in 198 A.D.

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    Provenance

    European private collection, acquired in the 1990s.


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