Marble. 96—98 CE.
Height 38 cm.
Inv. No. 772.

Copenhagen, New Carlsberg Glyptotek
(Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek)

Acquired in 1889 by Helbig from Belisarion in Rome.
31. Nerva
There are about 15 extant portraits of emperor Nerva. Most of them are re-worked Domitian portraits (as is 30, for example). The present head, 31, is not recut and shows the original Nerva in a fine way. The fringe sweeps upward, with a fork to the left of the middle of the forehead. Nerva/’s distinctive physiognomic features — broad cheekbones, tapering lower section of the face, closely-set eyes, contracted brows and a little mouth with a thin upper lip — can be seen here. There are replicas (re-worked) in the Sala dei Busti in the Vatican, 317, and the Belvedere in the Vatican, no. 101a.

I. N. 772
Head. White, large-grained marble with yellowish-brown patina.
H. 0.38 m.
The nose and parts of the ears are broken off. The neck has been formed for insertion in a statue.
Acquired in 1889 by Helbig from Belisarion in Rome.

F. Poulsen 1951, Cat. 668; Daltrop-Hausmann-Wegner, Die Flavier, 110, pl. 40c-d; V. Poulsen 1974, Cat. 32; M. Bergmann, Gnomon 53 (1981) 180; M. Bergmann — P. Zanker, JdI 96 (1981) 380ff, fig. 49a-b; Fittschen-Zanker I, ad no. 34, note 2, no. 35, note 2 and no. 36, note 2; Kaiser Marc Aurel und seine Zeit, herausg. K. Stemmer (1988) A1.

© 1995 F. Johansen. Catalogue Roman Portraits, vol. II, p. 88, cat. no. 31.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, 1995.
(ρρ) 2008. Photo: Sergey Sosnovskiy (CC BY-SA 4.0).
Text: museum inscription to the sculpture.
Keywords: marble marmor marmo testa ritratto maschile male portrait head of the roman emperor Marcus Cocceius Nerva man Inv No 772