Byzantine Marble male head, 3rd-4th century AD

Material:  Marble
Conservation:  Superficial wear on nose and eyebrow
Material:  Marble
Dimensions:  21 x 15 cm
Provenance:  Collection C. Herrero Starkie (1978-2013) / Ars Histórica Arqueología, Spain, 2014 / This piece is accompanied by an export certificate from the Spanish Ministry of Culture No. 2020/00487 with date 27/07/2020 and certificate of authenticity.
Exhibited:  Ifergan Collection, Málaga (2018-2020)
On request
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Depicting a mature, bearded man with thick hair and a penetrating gaze. The figure is idealised in line with Greek sculpture, but with individualised features. The use of pierced pupils is used to give the face a natural look, a device that became fashionable from Hadrian’s portraits onwards. Hadrian also initiated the fashion of depicting figures with beards.

 

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