Unrecorded Roman Artist (2nd century AD)

Head of a Bearded Man

Rome, 2nd century AD

Marble

40.2 cm high

This damaged bust probably dates from the 2nd century AD. The Emperor Hadrian (r. 117-138 AD) was the first to introduce the Greek habit of wearing a beard, and this fashion was followed by wider society. Busts of the Hadrianic period are identified by a full head of curly hair, as well as the presence of a beard. The Antonine emperors, who followed Hadrian, also modelled their portraits after him.

Purchased 1962 (No. 62.9)

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