Fragmentary bronze portrait of the emperor Caracalla
ca. A.D. 212–217
H. 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)
Gift of Norbert Schimmel Trust, 1989
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 169
This portrait depicts Caracalla as a grown man, when he was sole emperor. He succeeded his father, Septimius Severus, who died at York in A.D. 211 during campaigns in northern Britain. Caracalla only reigned for six years before his own death near Carrhae in northern Mesopotamia while campaigning against the Parthians.
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