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Portrait head of Marcellus

Portrait head of Marcellus
1st century BC
Roman Empire
Marble
h 21.5 x w 18.5 x d 19 cm
1973
UEA 380

Dating from around AD 1-50, this portrait head of a young man is carved from Greek Pentelic marble, a white marble quarried on Mount Pentelicus near Athens. He has a Roman hairstyle and Egyptian details which place him in the tradition of Romano – Egyptian funerary portraiture of the first half of the first century AD and is similar in appearance to funerary heads in plaster from Roman Egypt.

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