39 × 21 × 24 cm. Los Angeles (USA), John Paul Getty MuseumInv. No. 78.AA.261.
39 × 21 × 24 cm.
Inv. No. 78.AA.261.
Los Angeles (USA), John Paul Getty Museum
1974 — Naylor-Leyland Family, British (Nantclwyd Hall, Llanelidan, Denbighshire, Wales);
— 1978 — Antiken Heinz Herzer (Munich, Germany), sold jointly to the Antikenmuseum und Sammlung Ludwig and the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978;
— 1991 — Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig (Basel, Switzerland) and J. Paul Getty Museum, full ownership transferred to the J. Paul Getty Museum by exchange, 1991.
Portraits of Augustus served as symbols of his political agenda rather than corresponding to his physical features as described in written sources. Augustus is always shown in an ideal, classicizing style, and he never ages over the length of his reign. One constant feature of Augustus’s portraits is his hairstyle, with its distinctive forked locks of hair on his forehead.