A Roman marble togatus bust Circa 2nd Century A.D. The draped man wearing a toga over his tunic, his right hand clutching the folds over his left shoulder, 17in (43.1cm) high, mounted
Provenance: Belgian private collection of an architect formed in the 1960s.
Literature: The toga was an outward sartorial sign of Roman civilisation. Throughout the provinces of the Roman Empire these togatus figures were commissioned bearing portrait heads of local dignitaries. The reverse sides were often crudely worked for insertion into niches.