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Head of an Emperor
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Head of an Emperor


Description Conservation Provenance Credit
Description The large eyes and distinctive features suggest that this head represents the Flavian emperor Vespasian (reigned AD 69-79). However, the flatness of the face and hairstyle suggest that this was originally a portrait head of Emperor Nero (reigned AD 54-68) that was re-carved to resemble Vespasian.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
12/31/1969Technical Reportx-ray diffraction; other
11/20/1941Treatmentcleaned
6/22/1961Treatmentcleaned
7/20/1970Treatmentcleaned
6/28/1988Loan Considerationother
6/18/2001Treatmentcleaned
6/25/2001Treatmentother
Provenance [Found at Pergamon (?)]; Jean P. Lambros Collection Sale, Athens, 1912, no. 268; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1912, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1912

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Creator
Period
1st century (Roman)
Medium
Thasian marble
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
23.119
Measurements
H: 26 x W: 12 1/4 x D: 14 7/16 in. (66 x 31.1 x 36.6 cm)
Geographies
  • Italy, Rome (Place of Origin)
  • Greece, Thasos, Cape Vathy Quarry (Source of Materials)

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