Roman / Portrait head of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (called Caracalla) / ca. A.D. 217-230Roman
Portrait head of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (called Caracalla)
ca. A.D. 217-230

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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Name-CRT: Roman
Title: Portrait head of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (called Caracalla)
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 217
Creation End Date: 230
Creation Date: ca. A.D. 217-230
Object Type: Sculpture
Classification Term: Stone Sculpture
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: H. 14 1/4 in. ( 36.2 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 40.11.1a
Credit Line: Samuel D. Lee Fund, 1940

This head is from a statue, other fragments of which survive. Caracalla abandoned the luxuriant hair and beard of his predecessors for a military style characterized by close-cropped curls and a stubble beard. Often finely carved, his portraits look compact but convey an explosive energy.

AMICA ID: MMA_.40.11.1a
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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