Male Portrait Head
Roman art developed from highly specific representations of individuals—such as the head of a man, displayed nearby, that was carved during the first century b.c.e.—to more schematic representations of humans, as in this male portrait head made over three hundred years later, during the reign of Constantine. This stylistic change, also found in mosaics, reflects changing philosophical ideas in Late Antiquity that stressed the value of the unseen, ideal world over the material details of the physical world.
- Culture: Roman
- Medium: Marble
- Dates: probably 4th century C.E.
- Dimensions: 4 1/8 x 3 1/4 x 2 15/16 in. (10.5 x 8.3 x 7.5 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 16.239
- Credit Line: Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Roman. Male Portrait Head, probably 4th century C.E. Marble, 4 1/8 x 3 1/4 x 2 15/16 in. (10.5 x 8.3 x 7.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.239. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Male portrait head in marble. Wide, flat face, thick features. Archaistic hair. Head made as separate piece with flat base on neck. Possibly the finial for a Hermes pillar.
- Record Completeness: Best (86%)