Head of a Noble or Official

Head of a Noble or Official



Overall: 38.2 cm (15 1/16 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1952.260


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Before the second century AD, Roman portraits rarely show bearded men.


A nobleman or government official is likely depicted in this portrait of a curly-haired man with a full beard. These features, together with drilled pupils and irises on the eyes, typically do not appear in Roman sculpture prior to the reign of Hadrian (AD 117–38), an admirer of Greek culture. Deeply carved beards and curls remain popular in portraiture throughout (and beyond) the Antonine period, when this sculpture was probably made.

See also
GR - Roman
Greek and Roman Art
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