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ID number:  BIRBI-62.9
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Roman
Title / Object name:  Head of a bearded man
Object type:  Sculpture
Culture:  Roman
Date made:  2nd century AD
Materials:  Marble
Measurements:  40.2 cm high
Provenance:  Known to have been in Europe prior to 1962; purchased from K.J Hewett Ltd., London, November 1962, for £1,450
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This damaged bust probably dates from the 2nd century AD. The Emperor Hadrian (r. 117-138 AD) was the first to introduce the Greek habit of wearing a beard, and this fashion was followed by wider society. Busts of the Hadrianic period are identified by a full head of curly hair as well as the presence of a beard. The Antonine emperors, who followed Hadrian, also modelled their portraits after him.

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