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Head of Vespasian
50 CE-80 CE

Medium
marble
Measurements
23.7 × 19.3 × 12.3 cm
Place/s of Execution
Italy
Accession Number
D48-1970
Department
Antiquities
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Everard Studley Miller Bequest, 1970
© Public Domain
Gallery location
The Ancient World
Level 2, NGV International
Description
Yellowish marble head of the Roman emperor Vespasian, a little under life-size. The forehead is rendered as lined with creases at the bridge of the nose. The head is wide with large fleshy ears, making the eyes seem relatively small and the mouth also, with compressed lips. The eyebrows are puffy. The chin is fleshy, almost double. The hair is only sketchily rendered on the brow, receding at either side. The hair is very short and 'combed' forward at the front. The head is cut vertically, the cut surface roughened. There is a dowel-like hole in the centre. The neck break is rough and uneven.