ROMAN TERRACOTTA HEAD OF A MAN

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Measurements: 5.1 cm height, 3.6 cm width

 

Description: A Roman terracotta head of a man, with a large mouth, nose, eyes and ears, and curly hair. The back of his head is hollow. This particular hairstyle, featuring prominent curls, was popular during the Flavian Dynasty of the first century AD. Both men and women wore their hair in curls. As we know from excavations in Pompeii, Priene, Karanis or Alesia, terracotta figurines have been found in great numbers in urban areas and private houses, especially from Hellenistic times onwards. 264 pieces were recovered in the excavations at Pompeii, and 334 were found at Alesia.

 

Reference: Museum of Fine Arts Boston

 

Period: 1st - 2nd century AD

 

Condition: Very fine, intact, with earthy encrustations of the whole. Minor stress crack to the top of the head, hardly noticeable.

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