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Object Number:MS216
Current Location: Rome Gallery
Currently On Display
Provenience: Turkey (Country)
Rumeli Hisar
Period: Roman Period
Date Made: 130-160 AD
Early Date: 130
Late Date: 130-160 AD
Materials:Marble (Stone)
Height: 27 cm
Width: 19.5 cm
Depth: 12.5 cm
Credit Line:Gift of Anonymous Donor through H.V. Hilprecht, 1895


White marble discolored to purplish- red (?), or a stone of mixed purple and white crystals. Head of a man broken off unevenly at neck. Nose broken. Dowel in crown of head,(Luce suggests possible insertion in a niche). Slightly over life size, squarish in form, tilts to right on a thick neck. Hair is a close fitting mat of individually treated curls; less fully so in the back. Some shallow drill channels between curls. Beard freer, done by linear strokes and pocks in roughened surface. Mustache sketched in by short gouges in marble. Only fleshy lower lip left visible. Low flat forehead incised with two horizontal lines. Brows extend full width of face and are roughened. Cardioid gouge is pupil under heavy upper eyelid. Direction of gaze is to proper right and somehow raised. Cheeks smooth though not polished, without subtle details of modeling. Provincial region may contribute lag in style, so probably continuing late Hadriatic into Antonian period. "Probably gladiator" (European shore of Bosphorus not far from Constantinople).

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Roman Sculpture Gallery (1975 - 2000) View Objects in Exhibition
The Classical World: Rome ( Apr 1958 - 1975) View Objects in Exhibition
Classical World - Roman World (15 Mar 2003) View Objects in Exhibition


[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.. Philadelphia. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 221, no. 109View Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Article] Vermeule, Cornelius C. 1964. "Greek and Roman Portraits in North American Collections Open to the Public...".. Vol. 108. no. 2. Actual CitationView Objects related to this Actual Citation
[Catalogue, Collection] Luce, Stephen B. 1921. Catalogue of the Mediterranean Section.. Philadelphia. University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 189, no. 56View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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