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Marble portrait bust of a man

Late Trajanic or Early Hadrianic
ca. A.D. 110–138
H. 22 in. (55.9 cm)
Stone Sculpture
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1913
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 162
Bearded man looking to his left; a sword belt and military cloak worn over a bare chest.

Hadrian, the first emperor to wear a beard, introduced the style to fashionable Roman circles. The sword belt and military cloak, worn over a bare chest, are frequent attributes in Trajanic portraiture and suggest that this is a transitional likeness from the beginning of Hadrian's reign.
Said to have been found in Rome [Until 1913, with Paul Hartwig, Rome]; acquired in 1913, purchased from P. Hartwig.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1914. "Department of Classical Art Accessions 1913." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 9 (3): pp. 62–63, fig. 6.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1941. Roman Portraits, Vol. 2. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Richter, Gisela M. A. 1948. Roman Portraits, 2nd edn. no. 57, p. iv, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Zanker, Paul. 2016. Roman Portraits: Sculptures in Stone and Bronze in the Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. no. 54, pp. 60, 156–57, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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