A Roman Marble Head of a Man, circa 2nd Century A.D., on later shoulders
A Roman Marble Head of a Man
circa 2nd Century A.D., on later shoulders
with an opened mouth, short hair, full beard, and eyes with incised irises and drilled crescentic pupils.
Total height 29 cm
Ears, nose, and brows abraded. Surface slightly worn.
Mounted onto polychrome wood shoulders and base carved from a single block of wood, the base painted black, the shoulders yellow. The number 65 painted in ink on the back in a 19th century hand at the latest.
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The open mouth suggests that the figure was singing. It could have represented a poet. The shape of the face and the beard can be compared with a head in Detroit: http://arachne.uni-koeln.de/item/objekt/5134.