A Roman bust of a military man
Ca. 235—250 CE.
Inv. No. 1898,0715.2.London, British MuseumPhoto by Roger B. Ulrich

A Roman bust of a military man.

Ca. 235—250 CE.
Inv. No. 1898,0715.2.

London, British Museum.

This tiny (6 cm or 23/8" in. high) bust, carved in bone, of an unknown Roman in military dress dates to ca. 235-250 CE (according to the British Museum; inv. GR 1898.7-15.2; Gem 3952). The turn of the head and the short, no-nonsense military hairstyle is closely parallel to the portraiture of the emperor Caracalla.
© 2010. Photo, text: Roger B. Ulrich.
Keywords: gemma glyptics gem gems glittica gliptica gemme glyptik glyptique γλυπτική sculptura sculpture sculptural scultura skulptur ρωμαϊκό roman romana romano romani römisch römische römisches römischen römischer romain romaine romains romaines καμέα κάμερες cameo cameos cammeo cammei kamee camée kameo of a man men male maschile uomo männliches mann masculin un homme απεικόνιση portrait portraiture ritratto ritrattistica porträtmalerei porträt bone busto bust military cloak inv no 1898 0715 2