Portrait Head of Young Man
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
On View: 19th Dynasty to Roman Period, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
This head is one of a small group of portraits, made in Egypt and exported to the Roman market shortly after Octavian, later the Emperor Augustus, conquered Egypt in 31 B.C.E. Although the stone and probably the workmanship are Egyptian, the hairstyle and the neck’s gentle turn to the right are typical of Roman and Greek statues. Portraits made in this period but intended for the Egyptian market look similar but have a back pillar and stare straight ahead, like the nearby black-stone Head of an Egyptian Official.
Schist or graywacke
10 B.C.E.-20. C.E.
13 13/16 x 8 1/8 x 8 7/16 in., 44 lb. (35.1 x 20.6 x 21.5 cm, 19.96kg)
44 lb. (19.96kg) (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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Roman. Portrait Head of Young Man, 10 B.C.E.-20. C.E. Schist or graywacke, 13 13/16 x 8 1/8 x 8 7/16 in., 44 lb. (35.1 x 20.6 x 21.5 cm, 19.96kg). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 66.65. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.66.65_wwg8_2014.jpg)
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Grey-green schist or greywacke Roman portrait head of a young man with part of shoulders near to neck preserved, but worked as a bust. Head turned to right; flocky hair fairly deep on forehead; sharp eyebrows; small eyes; straight nose (intact); strong mouth; cleft chin. Face well polished, but hair fairly rough. Possibly portrait of Gaius Caesar, grandson of Augustus.
Condition: Perfect, but slightly chipped round base of neck; left ear broken off and well mended.
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