- Museum number
Over life-sized marble, male head broken from a a statue. The head is of a bearded man with long flowing hair, moustache and beard. The head turns slightly towards the subject's right. The long, wavy hair is brushed up from above the brow and then waves outwards and downwrads to the neck. At the rear the carving is less detailed but shows that the hair was bound by a fillet. The facial features are worn but discernible. The face has been corroded by sea water but at the left side and rear of the head the surface is is better preserved as if that side was bureid and protected by sand or mud and less exposed to the water. The head representes one of the bearded, elder Olympian gods, such as Zeus, Poseidon, Asklepios or Hades. It was formerly thought to represent Zeus/Jupiter Serapis beacuse of its provenance.
- Production date
Height: 39.50 centimetres (max)
- Curator's comments
- The head was reprotedly found in the complex of buildings previosuly known as the temple of Zeus Serapis, because a statue of that god was found there. It is now thought that the building was part of the Macellum or city marketl
- Not on display
- Acquisition notes
- Not registered with another statue from Pozzuoli acquired by W R Hamilton, Sculpture 1561. Why this occurred is not certain.
- Greek and Roman
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