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Astonishingly well-preserved - even down to the coloured eyes - this head depicts that of the Emperor Augustus, who ruled Rome from 31 BC to AD 14.
Head of Augustus, Emperor of Rome ('The Meroë Head') by Roman, circa 27-25 BC
© British Museum
- Bronze with alabaster, glass & coral inlay Dimensions: 47.7cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £1,050 ( Total: £1,050)
- Acquired in:
- Liverpool University
To judge from the pose of the head and muscles of the neck, the complete statue was a standing figure, with the right arm raised, as if during allocution. The head is larger than life-size and is in rich green patina. It was excavated in 1910, from beneath the temple at the palace site of Meroe, near Kabushia in Sudan. The sculptor was possibly a Greek artist based in Alexandria.
Found: December 1910, palace site at Meroe, near Kabushina in Sudan by Professor John Garstang.