Cuirass bust of Caligula
37—41 CE.
Inv. No. 1453.Copenhagen, New Carlsberg GlyptotekPhoto by Roger B. Ulrich

Cuirass bust of Caligula.

37—41 CE.
Inv. No. 1453.

Copenhagen, New Carlsberg Glyptotek
(København, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek).

Roman marble portrait of Caligula (reign 37-41 CE), from Rome and now in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen (inv. 1453). The emperor is shown with a military chestplate (cuirass) and a crown of oak leaves tied in the back with a ribbon (fillet): the “corona civica.” Note the small marble “struts” that have been left to add support to the fillet so that it will not break off.

H: 51 cm.

The find-spot of this bust is not known for certain. It was purchased in Rome in 1896 and had been privately owned before then. Within a decade of its public debut, scholars of the time questioned its authenticity, including Furtwängler and Lippold; the latter considered the decoration of the cuirass (around neck and shoulders) to look suspiciously like a Renaissance interpretation.

© 2010. Photo, text: Roger B. Ulrich.
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