Unknown Roman
Head not belonging to the statue.
Marble.
Third quarter of the 1st century BCE.
Inv. No. 10473.
Rome, Vatican Museums, Gregorian Profane Museum Photo by Sergey Sosnovskiy

Unknown Roman.

Head not belonging to the statue.
Marble.
Third quarter of the 1st century BCE.
Inv. No. 10473.

Rome, Vatican Museums, Gregorian Profane Museum
(Musei Vaticani, Museo gregoriano profano)

Origin:
There is no information about the provenance of the head. We know only that it had been in one of the storerooms of the Vatican before being joined with the present body.
Description:
The rough chisel work at the back of the head indicates that the image was left unfinished because it was meant to be displayed against a wall or set in a niche. The end of the patch of hair over the center of the forehead is in lower relief than the rest of the hair cap, suggesting some ancient reworking because of damage or more likely some flaw in the marble. This end section of hair may have once been masked in part by marble stucco that has long since disappeared. The central part of the forehead has been somewhat refinished, eliminating the central portion of the hor-izontal furrows in the forehead. Areas that do not appear to have been reworked in antiquity include the roughly treated margin of hair at the temples and sideburns, as well as the back of the head. In these areas sinter remains are evident. On the top and at the sides of the hair cap the relatively fresh stippling, which contrasts with the chisel work at the back of the head, was probably executed in the modern period. The back and sides of the preserved portion of the neck also appear to have been repolished in relatively recent times. The end of the nose is a modern restoration.
Literature:
A. Giuliano, Catalogo dei ritratti romani del Museo Profano Lateranense (Vatican City 1957) 6—7, cat. 7, no. 737, pls. 4, 7a—b.
Helbig4 I (1963) 818, no. 1138 (H. von Heintze).
J. Pollini, The Cartoceto Bronzes: Portraits of a Roman Aristocratic Family of the Late First Century B. C. American Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 97, No. 3 (Jul., 1993), pp. 423—446.
Credits:
(ρρ) 2008. Photo: Sergey Sosnovskiy (CC BY-SA 4.0).
© 1993. J. Pollini, The Cartoceto Bronzes: Portraits of a Roman Aristocratic Family of the Late First Century B. C. American Journal of Archaeology, Vol. 97, No. 3 (Jul., 1993), pp. 431—432.

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Keywords: marble marmor marmo unknown Roman man male portrait ritratto maschile Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus g193 consul 32 BC Inv No 10473
History of Ancient Rome