A ROMAN MARBLE MALE PORTRAIT HEAD
A ROMAN MARBLE MALE PORTRAIT HEAD
A ROMAN MARBLE MALE PORTRAIT HEAD
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A ROMAN MARBLE MALE PORTRAIT HEAD

TRAJANIC PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 1ST-EARLY 2ND CENTURY A.D.

Details
A ROMAN MARBLE MALE PORTRAIT HEAD
TRAJANIC PERIOD, CIRCA LATE 1ST-EARLY 2ND CENTURY A.D.
11 in. (27.7 cm) high
Provenance
Private collection, Switzerland.
Antiquities, Christie's, New York, 7 December 2000, lot 602.
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Lot Essay


The life-sized head depicts a middle-aged man, his face unlined yet mature, with his hair a mass of curling locks brushed forward on to his forehead in a style popularized by the Emperor Trajan. According to Kleiner (Roman Sculpture, p. 208), portraits of the Emperor Trajan "are of considerable interest because--if Augustus was the eternal youth--Trajan was the ageless adult." This agelessness clearly influenced private portraiture from the Trajanic era as seen in the present example.
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