Portrait Head of a Youth

A work made of marble.
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  • A work made of marble.

Date:

14/68, reworked by the late 4th/early 5th century

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

In the Roman world, portraits were often recarved in order to alter the sculpture’s function, meaning, or identity. It is possible that this portrait head was altered at a later date because it includes features associated with different periods. The man’s hairstyle, with locks of hair neatly arranged across the forehead, recalls those worn by men during the Julio-Claudian dynasty (27 BC–AD 68) and again during the reign of the emperor Trajan (reigned AD 98–117). However, the drill marks in his large eyes were likely added at a later date, perhaps even centuries later, when the recarving of portraits became a much more common practice due to shortages of marble.

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Portrait Head of a Youth

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

14 AD–68 AD

Medium

marble

Dimensions

35.6 × 21.6 × 16.5 cm (14 × 8 1/2 × 6 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1889.105

Extended information about this artwork

Object information is a work in progress and may be updated as new research findings emerge. To help improve this record, please email .

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