Male Bust card

Male Bust

59.148.217d

Currently not on display

Portrait of a man let into modern bust. The head, which was originally part of a nude or semi-nude bust, is turned to the left and stretches slightly forward. The top of the head is unusually flat. The heavy pouches under the eyes, furrowed sagging skin of the cheeks, wrinkled neck and forehead and the receding hairline, among others, characterize this as a veristic portrait of harmonic old age. Blundell saw in it a representation of Scipio Africanus. The nose and upper lip, chin, most of front bust and base have been restored, with the ears still missing and only the pins remaining.