Marble. 41—54 CE.
Height 43 cm.
Inv. No. 1423.
Copenhagen, New Carlsberg Glyptotek Photo by Sergey Sosnovskiy


Marble. 41—54 CE.
Height 43 cm.
Inv. No. 1423.

Copenhagen, New Carlsberg Glyptotek
(Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek)

Allegedly from Cerveteri, Italy.
60. Claudius
Copy of the principal type, most likely from a statue. Claudius is depicted as divine with a wreath of oak leaves, the so-called corona civica, placed around his hair.
Original: Claudian era. Copy: Neronian era.

I. N. 1423
Marble. H. 0.43.
The nose is battered and the right ear is bruised. The surface has been severely corroded as a result of a cleansing with acid. Acquired in 1895 in Frascati. Presumably from Cerveteri, as Livia (38) and Octavia (42). The account of the circumstances of discovery at Cerveteri is not absolutely reliable, however. It may have been influenced to some degree by the fact that in 1840, a colossal statue of a seated Claudius was found in the theater at Cerveteri. The latter statue is now in the Lateran Museum (A. Giuliani, Cat. dei Ritratti Romani del Mus. Prof. Lat. (1957) no. 36).

F. Poulsen 1951, Cat. 648; V. Poulsen 1973, Cat. 58; Fittschen, Erbach, 55, no. 4; Inan & Rosenbaum, Porträtplastik, 82, n. 1 (29), 83, n. 1 (31); Fittschen & Zanker, Porträts I, ad no. 15, n. 2; A.K. Massner, AM 103 (1988) 242, Taf. 33.1; F. Johansen, MedKøb 45 (1989) 129, fig. 15.

© 1994 F. Johansen. Catalogue Roman Portraits, vol. I, p. 144, cat. no. 60.
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, 1994.
(ρρ) 2008. Photo: Sergey Sosnovskiy (CC BY-SA 4.0).
Text: museum inscription to the sculpture.

Keywords: marble portrait head of the roman emperor Claudius I imperatore romano Claudio I Julio-Claudian dynasty dinastia giulio-claudia Julii-Claudii civil civic oaken wreath of oak leaves Inv No 1423
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