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Fragment of a Portrait Head of Antinous

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This portrait depicts Antinous (about 111–130), the young lover of Emperor Hadrian (reigned 117–38). His characteristic facial features include an oval face, smooth complexion, almond-shaped eyes, and full lips, as well as his distinctive hairstyle of thick, wavy locks radiating from the crown of his head. This sculpture is a fragment from a larger whole, and for many years it was unclear what form the original, intact work had taken. Recent scholarship indicates that it once belonged to an over-life-size bust of Antinous currently in the Palazzo Altemps in Rome.


On View, Gallery 154


Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium


Ancient Roman


Fragment of a Portrait Head of Antinous


Italy (Object made in)

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130 CE–138 CE




31.7 × 31 × 17 cm (12 1/2 × 12 × 6 1/2 in.)

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Gift of Mrs. Charles L. Hutchinson

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