A Roman marble portrait head of the Emperor Caracalla
Lot 110W
A Roman marble portrait head of the Emperor Caracalla
Sold for £37,250 (US$ 62,728) inc. premium
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A Roman marble portrait head of the Emperor Caracalla
Late Severan Period, A.D. 212-217
Depicted turning to his left, the muscles of his neck emphasised, with characteristic heavy browline and tight curly hair, his thick sideburns extending to under the chin, 13½in (34.3cm) high, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Belgian private collection, Brussels, acquired in Paris during the late 1970s to early 1980s.

    Literature:
    Lucius Septimius Bassianus (b. 188 A.D.), nicknamed Caracalla for the type of cloak he wore, was the first son of the Emperor Septimius Severus and his second wife Julia Domna. Later known as Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, he ruled as sole emperor from A.D. 212-217.

    This bust is of the 'Sole-Ruler' type, dating to the period after he murdered his brother and co-emperor Geta in 211 A.D. Cf. the Museo Capitolino Montemartini, (inv. 2310).
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