Male Portrait Head
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
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.
4th century C.E. (probably)
4 1/8 x 3 1/4 x 2 15/16 in. (10.5 x 8.3 x 7.5 cm) (show scale)
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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
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Roman. Male Portrait Head, 4th century C.E. (probably). 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 16.239.jpg)
front, 16.239.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2005
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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.
Condition: Surface of hair worn. Sculpture broken into two pieces through back of head and assembled. Must be taken apart and assembled more neatly. Face intact. Examined in February 1941 by Professor Lehmann-Hartleben who agrees to above dating. He suggested its use as the final to a Hermes post. A vigorous and interesting piece. Treatment of forehead and hair confiorm above date. Eyes unusual.
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