Ca. 390 CE.
H. 188 cm. Inv. No. 2264.Istanbul, Archaeological MuseumPhoto by Egisto Sani
Ca. 390 CE.
H. 188 cm.
Istanbul, Archaeological Museum.
This sculpture shows the emperor as a standing youth: his body is resting on the left leg and the right foot is slightly away. The head is turned toward left, and his left arm is bent at right angle, the forearm stretched a little outward; he holds a short scepter leant upon the left shoulder; the right arm is hanging naturally with a slight elbow inflection.
The costume, including a tunic with long tight sleeves worn under a second tunic with short and ample sleeves, is the same worn by the high magistrates from Constantine’s time.
The face is shaven and youthful; the short hair are girded with a diadem made of a double row of pearls attached to the edges of a strip, and decorated on the front with a cameo or a precious stone.
The sculpture was found in September 1905. Its designation is not certain; an inscription located in the same area where the gathered fragments of our statue had been found, refers almost certainly to Valentinian II (375-392).