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Portrait Head of a Man

A work made of marble.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of marble.

Date:

Mid–3rd century AD

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

This head, which depicts a man crowned with a wreath, might be a portrait of an emperor. His facial features, including almond-shaped eyes, tight-lipped mouth, faint mustache, and neck whiskers, as well as his triangular head, which tapers toward the chin, suggest his possible identification as Gallienus (r. A.D. 253–68). This type of wreath, which is composed of grape vines and ivy, was worn by Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and theater. Emperors frequently associated themselves with gods by adopting their attributes, or symbols, as numerous emperors portrayed themselves in the guise of Jupiter (the Greek Zeus), the supreme god of the pantheon.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Portrait Head of a Man

Origin

Italy

Date

230 CE–270 CE

Medium

Marble

Dimensions

38.1 × 26.7 × 24.1 cm (15 × 10 1/2 × 9 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Katherine K. Adler Memorial Fund

Reference Number

1975.328

Extended information about this artwork

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