- Museum number
Copper alloy head of the emperor Nero from a life-size statue. The face is heart-shaped, with a strong chin and nose, large, slightly slanting eyes and prominent low-set ears. The hair is combed forward in a thick strands from a flattish crown; it forms a heavy fringe which divides just over the right eye (CSIR I, 8).
- Production date
- 54-59 (Accession Portrait style (II))
Height: 315 millimetres
Width: 245 millimetres
Depth: 250 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Other media:
For a discussion of the head, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fsO7-vvn5VA
- On display (G49/dc14)
- Exhibition history
2019 5 Apr-27 Oct, Rome, Museo dell'Ara Pacis, 'Claudio Imperatore'
2018-2019 1 Dec-4 Mar, France, Musee des Beaux Arts de Lyon, Claude Empereur
2016-17, 13 Oct-7 May, BM, G69a, Defacing the past: desecration and damnation in imperial Rome
2013 14 Sep - 2014 24 Feb, Norwich, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia
1996 30 Mar-13 Nov, Italy, Rimini, Sala dell’Arengo, Dalla Terra Alle Genti
1963 May-Aug, Paris, Musee du Louvre, L'Art dans les Provinces Romaines d'Occident
1961 26 Jun-22 Jul, London, Goldsmiths Hall, 50th Anniversary of the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
2021 May 27-Oct 24, London, BM SEG, Nero
- Well-preserved but with signs of a heavy blow to the back of the skull. The head has been broken from the original statue in a jagged line at the neck. Small holes on the crown and on the left side of the neck. Eyes (originally of enamel paste, inlaid) are now lost (CSIR I, 8).
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Deposited on loan to the museum in 1950, by Mrs Hollond.
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number