Male Bust



Bust of a young male, directly looking out at the viewer with a friendly expression drawn in the upturned corners of the mouth. The brow of the face is curved, the lids of the eyes are well defined. He has a smooth forehead and cheeks with no particular modelling but an exaggerated chin at the lower face. There is a diadem on the head and it is composed of a circlet around which ribbons are wound and with the long ends of the ribbons knotted at the back. The hair is flat on the crown but ordered in clumps with curled ends. At the forehead the curls separate in different directions at the middle point. At the top and back the hair is longer and there is a pinwheel motif from which the hair emanates at the top. It is these details that define the head as is in the Polykleitan tradition and most likely from a Roman classising workshop. The head is not broken from the bust and may have therefore belonged to a statue that was converted into a bust. Parts of the lower right cheek are very flat as is the jawline both indication that these areas had been recut. The ends of the diadem do not appear at the back and may have been smoothed.