Portrait of an Egyptian priest (in the past well-known as Julius Caesar)
3rd century.
Inv. No. MB 31.Rome, Museum of Barracco

Portrait of an Egyptian priest (in the past well-known as Julius Caesar).

3rd century.
Inv. No. MB 31.

Rome, Museum of Barracco.

Barracco and others considered it to be a portrait of Julius Caesar. However it probably depicts a priest as is suggested by the hairstyle and the band around the head which holds an eight pointed star in the centre. The intense expression and the careful details recall typical elements of Roman portraiture. It is considered that Roman artists worked in Egypt during the IIIrd century AD.
(Text: http://en.museobarracco.it/percorsi/percorsi_per_sale/sala_i/ritratto_di_sacerdote_barbato)
© 1991. Photo, text: Sculpture from Antiquity to the Middle Ages. T. I. Taschen, 1991. P. 166.
Keywords: γλυπτική sculptura sculpture sculptural scultura skulptur ρωμαϊκό roman romana romano romani römisch römische römisches römischen römischer romain romaine romains romaines man uomo mann homme δικτάτορα γάιος ιούλιος καίσαρ dictator gaius julius caesar caius iulius dittatore gaio giulio cesare diktator cäsar dictateur jules césar απεικόνιση portrait portraiture ritratto ritrattistica porträtmalerei porträt κεφάλι κεφαλή head testa kopf tête of a male maschile männliches masculin un portraitkopf diorite an egyptian priest bearded beard eight pointed star inv no mb 31