- Museum number
Marble head from a statue of Octavian: in the style of a Hellenistic prince. The lower edge of the neck, fashioned as a tenon to fit into a draped torso (the join then concealed by drapery), is lost. The proper left ear is chipped. The surface is damaged at the outer end of the proper left eyebrow, to the left of the mouth, and at the left edge of the neck. The nose has been replaced, the glued join concealed. The restoration necessitated some superficial reworking of the lips and chin. In general the head, which is carved in Carrara marble with some mineral inclusions, has the appearance of an ancient piece cleaned and reworked for the antiquities market.
Octavian appears pensive, his abundant thick locks of hair kept well clear of the high brow and broad face.
- Production date
- 30BC (circa)
Height: 48 centimetres (with block)
Height: 37 centimetres
Weight: 25 kilograms (with block)
Width: 21 centimetres
Depth: 24 centimetres
- Curator's comments
D. Boschung, 'Die Bildnisse des Augustus' (Berlin, 1993), p. 108, no. 3 (bibl.);
A.M. Sgubini Moretti, 'Statue e ritratti onorari da Lucus Feroniae', 'RendPontAccad' LV-LVI (1983-4), pp. 71-110.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2015, 11 Jul-23 Sep, National Museum of Tokyo, Queens of Egypt
2015, 1 Oct-27 Dec, National Museum of Osaka, Queens of Egypt
2018 23 Feb – 22 Apr, Nashville, Frist Art Museum, 'Rome; City &Empire'
2018-2019 20 Sep-04 Feb, Canberra, National Museum of Australia, 'Rome; City &Empire'
2021 13 Feb-15 Aug, Belgium, Tongeren, Gallo-Romeins Museum, 'Rome; City & Empire'
- Acquisition date
- Greek and Roman
- Registration number