University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Object Number: E976
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Roman
Provenience: Egypt
Coptos
Locus: Steps of Isis Temple
Date Made: 211-217 AD
Early Date: 211
Late Date: 217
Section:Egyptian
Materials:Granite
Iconography:Caracalla
Head
Height: 51cm
Credit Line:Petrie Exploration; subscription of Mr & Mrs. Charles H. Cramp, 1894

Description

Colossal Head of block-like shape with scowling visage and a rectangular back pillar. Hair is treated with bead-like globules arragned in rows framing forehead and continuing on sides and top of head. A wide flat diadem with the uraeus at the front encircles the head. The short beard is treated the same way as the hair. (Irene B. Romano, Classical Sculpture, no. 110, pp. 224-225.)
Head of Caracalla. Once attached to a back pillar. Slight indication of mustache blending with facial planes. Fleshy face smooth but not polished. Forehead sculptured into scowl over deep-set irises and gouged pupils; nose thick. Mouth has thick lower lip and downward turn. Broken off diagonally at neck.


Current & Past Exhibitions:

The Classical World: Rome ( Jun 1958 - 1975)View Objects in Exhibition
Roman Sculpture Gallery (1975 - 2000)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Book] Petrie, William M. 1896. Koptos. : Page/Fig./Plate: 23View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Graindor, Paul. 1939. Bustes et statues portraits d'Egypte romaine. : Page/Fig./Plate: 145-6View Objects cited in this Publication
[Article] Stevenson, Sara Y. 1895. "Some Sculpture from Koptos in Philadelphia". American Journal of Archaeology and the History of the Fine Arts. 10: 347-351. : Page/Fig./Plate: 347-51View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Rose Art Museum. 1968. Art of Late Antique.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Milne. 1898. History of Egypt Under Roman Rule V. V. : Page/Fig./Plate: 71View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. 1976. Romans and Barbarians.View Objects cited in this Publication
[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: 40View Objects cited in this Publication
[Catalogue, Collection] Romano, Irene B. 2006. Classical Sculpture; Catalogue of the Cypriot, Greek and Roman Stone Sculpture in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 224, no. 110View Objects cited in this Publication

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