Portrait head of a young boy
Ca. 20 BCE — 60 CE.
Inv. No. S.965.90.14.Dartmouth, Hood Museum of ArtPhoto by Roger B. Ulrich

Portrait head of a young boy.

Ca. 20 BCE — 60 CE.
Inv. No. S.965.90.14.

Dartmouth, Hood Museum of Art.

Gift of Mrs. William Dexter.
Roman marble portrait of a boy. Dated by the Hood Museum: ca. 20 B.C.E. to 60 C.E., that is, during the period of Rome’s first emperor Augustus (d. 14 C.E.) or his Julio-Claudian successors. The smaller-than-life size head (ca. 15 cm high) belonged to a larger composition in high relief (from the back of the head it is clear that the portrait has been broken off a relief). The provenance of the head is not known… it could represent a young male member of the imperial family or a wealthy Roman boy who is represented with the same hairstyle and idealized face seen on official imperial sculpture.
© 2009. Photo, text: Roger B. Ulrich.
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