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Unknown Late Roman Portrait

Though battered, it is possible to see that this head is of an older man with bags under his eyes and heavy cheeks. His face in unusually elongated, with huge deep-set eyes, showing the beginnings of Byzantine styles of carving.

Details of his hair have been made with a running drill. There is a square hole in the top of his head, where some form of headgear or crown may have been fixed

Italian marble
Location of Original: 

Copenhagen, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek 838


Poulsen: Katalog over Antike Skulpturen Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, 524, pl. LXVI
Hekler: Greek and Roman Portraits, pl. 309b
Johansen, F: Catalogue of Roman Portraits in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (1994), vol.III, 192, no.85


The original was acquired in Rome in 1889

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