About this object

Male portrait bust, lifesize, showing an individual with an unusually long, bony face and curly hair and beard. The man's head is slightly turned to the left. His forehead is low and is emphasised by the curly hair which is flat at the crown of the hair but has more volume at the forehead and around the temples, covering a small part of the ear. At the front of the hair the locks are in corkscrew shaped locks while the back of the hair is in a covered with shorter curly rolls of hair. The eyes are deep into the sockets under the contracted angular brows. His moustache is combed straight and almost entirely covers the upper lip but the beard is is small short locks and a small tuft of beard in between the chin and the mouth. This is most likely a private portrait which probably derived from an official portrait, firstly seen in the portrait of Aelius Caesar. Jane Fejfer observed the length of the hair and the beard, the tuft between the mouth and the chin and the moderate drill work in the beard and the front hairs, the crescent indication of the pupils as typical of portraits of Marcus Aurelius. The head is also similar to the third portrait of Marcus Aurelius, which was created around 161. Jane Fejfer dated the head accordingly. The nose is restored and there is damage to the beard. In Venuti's publicatiion of the Mattei collection the head appeared on a large naked bust with balteus and paludamentum but this bust is now used for the portrait of Hadrian from the Ince collection. It is therefore clear that the bust of this head is modern.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    161 AD
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    600 mm x 320 mm x 290 mm x 36.5 kg
  • Note
    Displayed at the Ince in the Pantheon. Similar to third potrait of Marcus Aurelius, created in 161 AD and found in 59.148.98.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); Ciriaco Mattei ( Previous owner); Giuseppe Mattei ( Previous owner); Joseph William Weld ( Previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Ciriaco Mattei

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Giuseppe Mattei

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Joseph William Weld

    Owned from: 1958
    How acquired: By descent
    Owned until: 1959
    Disposal method: Donation
  • Henry Blundell

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Purchased
    Owned until: 1810
    Disposal method: Bequest
Object view = Humanities
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