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Head of Emperor Constans (r. 337–50)

Date:
ca. 337–340
Culture:
Byzantine
Medium:
Marble
Dimensions:
Overall: 10 5/8 x 6 7/8 x 7 3/8 in. (27 x 17.5 x 18.8 cm) with base: 15 x 6 x 6 in. (38.1 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm) Base: 4 3/4 x 6 x 6 in. (12.1 x 15.2 x 15.2 cm) Diameter of Neck: 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Stone
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1967
Accession Number:
67.107
  • Description

    This classically styled, crowned head is probably that of Constans, the youngest of the four sons of Constantine the Great. Constans, a devout Christian, who initially ruled part of the western half of the Empire, gained all the west in 340. He defeated the Franks and was the last emperor to visit Britain. Constans was killed before he was thirty by the usurper Magnentius in 350.

  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Istanbul (in 1932); Dr. Wilhelm Fabricus, Bonn and Istanbul (from ca. 1932); Wilhelm Fabricus(by descent until 1967)

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