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A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF GERMANICUS
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A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF GERMANICUS

CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.

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A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF GERMANICUS
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D.
With luxurious curling hair falling in short waves over his forehead and in front of his ears, with large lidded eyes, an aquiline nose and small narrow lips
11¾ in. (30 cm.) high
Provenance
Private collection, Germany, 1929.
Accompanied by a photograph and letter of expertise from Herrn Dr. Wilhelm Massow, Berlin, signed and dated 21 November 1929; and various letters of correspondence with Sotheby Parke Bernet, Munich, 1979.

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Germanicus Julius Caesar (15 B.C.-A.D. 19) was the son of Drusus Major and Antonia Minor and the brother of Claudius, who later became emperor. Tiberius (reigned A.D. 14-37) was his uncle and adoptive father. Germanicus' military career was distinguished; he commanded the eight Roman legions on the Rhine frontier, recovering two of the legionary standards lost after a military disaster in the Teutoberg forest (A.D. 9). He became immensely popular among the people of Rome, who celebrated his military victories. The Roman biographer Suetonius in his Life of Caligula, III, describes Germanicus' '... unexampled kindliness, and a remarkable desire and capacity for winning men's regard and inspiring their affection'. Following his untimely death through illness at Antioch at the age of thirty-four, he was elevated to god-like status.

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