27 BC-AD 14
Overall: 38.1 x 21.6 cm (15 x 8 1/2 in.)
Weight: 19.958 kg (44 lbs.)
Gift of the John Huntington Art and Polytechnic Trust 1928.860
This portrait originally had inlaid eyes, probably in stone, glass, or ivory.
The realistic features of this fine life-sized portrait include wrinkles in the forehead and beside each eye, and very naturalistic ears, protruding but not quite symmetrical. The stylized hair is neatly arranged and suggests a date in the Augustan period, although some scholars have seen it as late Republican. Likely once topping a shaft as a herm bust, the portrait’s subject—now unknown—would have been identified by an inscription.
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