Bronze head of Augustus


British Museum

British Museum
London, United Kingdom

Bronze head from an over-life-sized statue of Augustus: the head is broken through the neck but is otherwise in an excellent state of preservation. There are four fragments of plaster from the head. The eyes are inlaid, with glass pupils set in metal rings, the irises of calcite. The eyebrows are plastically rendered. The emperor's head is turned to his right, with the pronounced twist to the neck typical of Hellenistic work. The hair falls on the brow in the divided and curving cut that marked most of Augustus's portraits as emperor. The facial planes are broad. The mouth is slightly downturned, a feature of late Hellenistic portraiture. The ears project markedly, the upper lobes bending forwards.


  • Title: Bronze head of Augustus
  • Date Created: -27
  • Location: Meroe, Sudan
  • Physical Dimensions: 46.2 x 26.5 x 29.4 cm
  • Registration number: 1911,0901.1
  • Material: bronze, calcite, glass and plaster
  • Copyright: The Trustees of the British Museum

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