Fragment of the equestrian statue of Octavian August
Ca. 10 BCE.
H. 123 cm.
Inv. No. X.23322.Athens, National Archaeological MuseumPhoto by Egisto Sani

Fragment of the equestrian statue of Octavian August.

Ca. 10 BCE.
H. 123 cm.
Inv. No. X.23322.

Athens, National Archaeological Museum
(Αθήνα, Εθνικό Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο).

Found in Aegean sea near Euboea in 1979.
Preserved from his waist up, the emperor, in his middle age, was depicted on horseback. He wears a “tunica” and a “padulamentum” clasped on his right shoulder and wound around his left arm, from where it spreads out, billowing slightly, to his left. On his left side can be seen his sword. He helds the reins of the horse with his left hand and raises his right in a gesture of blessing or speech, “adlocutio gestus”. It is evident from his facial features that Augustus is here depicted in middle age.

Nikolaos Kaltsas, “Sculpture in the National Archaeological Museum, Athens”
(cc) 2015. Photo, text: Egisto Sani (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).
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