Nerva.

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

Copenhagen, New Carlsberg Glyptotek
(Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek)

Origin:
Acquired in 1889 by Helbig from Belisarion in Rome.
Description:
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.

Bibliography:
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.
Credits:
(ρρ) 2008. Photo: Sergey Sosnovskiy (CC BY-SA 4.0).
Text: museum inscription to the sculpture.
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