ROMAN BRONZE APPLIQUE DEPICTING AN EMPEROR - CARACALLA

£1,750.00

Measurements: height – 5.8 cm, width – 4.3 cm

 

Description: A Roman bronze applique with a bust of a bearded male featuring defined curls, fillet on the head and incised pupils. Highly likely emperor Caracalla who was often depicted bearded with precisely defined curls and wrinkled forehead due to a serious expression, the same we can observe on this applique that probably belonged to a household object. Also, in the applique he seems to be wearing a mantle fastened on one shoulder, which is how Caracalla was depicted in his official statues. Defined pupils of his eyes suggest a later Roman emperor as well. Caracalla was famed for his cruelty and mass persecutions, building one of the largest baths in the Roman world and granting Roman citizenship to all free-born and freed individuals throughout the Roman Empire. Although Roman citizenship brought many perks (such as the right to marry and establish a family name), it also made subjects pay taxes, which consequently caused influx of money to imperial treasury.

 

Period: late 2nd – early 3rd cent. AD

 

Condition: Very fine, patination on the surface.

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