Portrait of Septimius Severus


About this object

Under life-size portrait of Septimius Severus.
The head is slightly bigger than half life-size and is turned to the right. It is a ‘Serapis type’ portrait of the emperor. The drill has been used in a coarse manner to render the hair in a few wide channels, for example the hair at the back is barely incised, but in the profile the hair at the sides of the face and beard seem more deeply incised. It has been suggested that this is a ‘kleinformatige’ (miniature scale) portrait that might have been displayed in a semi-public context. The nose is missing and the surface is badly weathered.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Roman Imperial
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Italy: Rome
  • Date made
    Severan 195 AD - 211 AD about
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Col. Joseph W Weld, 1959
  • Collector
    Henry Blundell
  • Place collected
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    221 mm x 143 mm
  • Note
    Height includes iron dowell.
  • Related people
    Henry Blundell ( Collector, previous owner); Joseph William Weld ( Previous owner)

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Previous owners

  • Joseph William Col Sir 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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