Head of Augustus, Emperor of Rome ('The Meroë Head') by Unknown Artist

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.


Bronze with alabaster, glass & coral inlay
47.7 cm
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.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8181 www.britishmuseum.org

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