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Portrait Head of Emperor Antoninus Pius



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Portrait Head of Emperor Antoninus Pius
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1906.1
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Artist

Unknown Artist

Title

Portrait Head of Emperor Antoninus Pius

Creation Date

ca. 138-150

Medium & Support

marble

Dimensions

14 15/16 in. x 8 3/16 in. x 8 11/16 in. (38 cm x 20.8 cm x 22.07 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Perry Warren, Esq., Honorary Degree, 1926

Accession Number

1906.1

Copyright

Public Domain

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This head of the emperor who succeeded Hadrian shows the unsurpassed technical skill of the Roman portraitists. A leading classical scholar has called it "one of the finest imperial heads in marble in America." The representation combines virility with refinement and intelligence with character. Virtuoso drill work in the hair and eyes creates a lively texture, which contrasts with the smooth polish of the skin.
 
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