Location: On Display in the Rome Gallery

From: Turkey (Country) | Caesarea Mazaca

Curatorial Section: Mediterranean

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Object Number MS215
Current Location Rome Gallery - On Display
Culture Roman
Provenience Turkey (Country) | Caesarea Mazaca
Period Roman Period
Date Made 250-300 CE
Section Mediterranean
Materials Marble (Stone)
Technique Carved
Iconography Priest | Head

White marble, head of priest of imperial cult. Hair is cape like mass chiseled in long loose wavy strands with shallow surface strokes, swinging forward on neck behind ears. In front curving bangs, forked in center and brushed somewhat to both sides. Narrow fillet down back as one with neck. Eleven tiny busts in decreasing sizes from front rest on front of band divided by vertical ridges. Hair inside circle of band is more roughly chiseled. Full beard and moustache chiseled in finer lines on roughened surface. Two deep drill holes at corners of mouth. Heavy plastic brows, roughened, nicked and undercut. Eyes wide with low hanging upper lids and semi-circular gouges at neck just below chin, Nose badly broken; figures on crown badly worn.

Height 31.5 cm
Width 24.5 cm
Depth 26 cm
Credit Line Museum Purchase, 1895

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