Description Originally part of a large equestrian monument, this head allows us to imagine what was a common sight for the ancient viewer: imposing public statuary that embodied the civic values of imperial Rome. Military officials were often depicted on horseback, and the rider that was represented on the monument was likely a member of the imperial family. Such statues contained large amounts of bronze, and most were melted down for reuse in weapons and other implements in later times of crisis.
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- Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore. 1947.
- The Taste of Maryland: Art Collecting in Maryland 1800-1934. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1984.
- The Allure of Bronze. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1995.
- Fire of Hephaistos: Large Classical Bronzes from North American Collections. Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo; Tampa Museum of Art, Tampa. 1996.
- Highlights from the Collection. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1998-2001.
Provenance Casteleone de Suasa (?) [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; D. Emmanuele Ruspoli, Rome (?) [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
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