12 June 2002
A ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF A MAN
Circa Late 3rd-Early 4th Century A.D.
Perhaps an emperor, depicted bearded, the structure of his aging face naturalistically detailed with furrows in the forehead, high cheek bones and deep naso-labial folds, the deep-set lidded eyes with the inner canthi drilled, a laurel crown in his curly locks, centered by a medallion
5¼ in. (13.3 cm) high
Collection Gatinot, France. Collected in the 19th Century in Lyon.
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For a close parallel see the head of Diocletian from Nicomedia, now in the Istanbul Museum, plate XXXIX, no. 3-4 in Inan and Rosenbaum, Roman and Early Byzantine Portrait Sculpture in Asia Minor.
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