Male portrait

Inv. Scu 335

This male portrait-head originally was inserted in a statue. The oval face is characterized by slanting eyes with iris and pupils incised, high-bridged nose, and thin, slightly open lips, with the upper one a little more protruding.

The hair is arranged in small locks pointing to right, that fall on a high balding forehead, while at the back the hair is engraved rather than carved and follows the shape of the skullcap to join the short curls of the beard.

Some curls that show a more lively sculptural rendering on both ears suggest that this portrait, ascribed to the age of Gallienus, was created by reworking a head from an earlier period, probably of the Severan age.