A Roman marble portrait head of the Emperor Gordian III
Lot 97W
A Roman marble portrait head of the Emperor Gordian III
Sold for £9,375 (US$ 15,580) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Roman marble portrait head of the Emperor Gordian III
Circa A.D. 238—244
The youthful emperor depicted with closely-cropped hair, looking upwards to the right, his eyes with delineated lids and irises, the pupils drilled, 9in (22.8cm) high, mounted

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    English private collection of an academic, acquired between 1950-1975.

    Literature:
    Marcus Antonius Gordianus, the teenage emperor Gordian III, (b. 20 January 225, d. 11 February 244), He was proclaimed emperor during A.D.238 the Year of the Six Emperors, following the deaths of his grandfather Gordian I and uncle Gordian II. He ruled from 238 to 244, dying at the age of nineteen in Zaitha, Mesopotamia. There is a similar portrait head in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, Rome (Inv. no. MC 995).
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