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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Green basanite bust of Germanicus Caesar in military dress. The nose has been mutilated, probably in late antiquity by Christians who cut a cross in the forehead. There are further areas of damage on the chest and around the nose.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 14-20 (circa)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 47 centimetres
    • Width: 30 centimetres
    • Depth: 24 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Ein Gott 2015, no. 102, p. 98.

  • Bibliography

    • Sculpture 1883 bibliographic details
    • Fluck et al. 2015 96 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G70

  • Exhibition history


    2015, Apr-Sep, Berlin, Bode Museum, One God
    2015, Oct 29 – 2016, Feb 7. British Museum, Room 35. Egypt: Faith after the Pharaohs.
    2016-2017, Oct-May, Defacing the Past exhibition at BM

  • Subjects

  • Associated names

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number


COMPASS Title: Basalt bust of Germanicus


COMPASS Title: Basalt bust of Germanicus

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