|IMPORTANT ROMAN MARBLE PORTRAIT HEAD OF THE EMPEROR AURELIAN, AD 270-275
Or a contemporary. The face is marked by strict traits: the cheeks are hollow with salient cheekbones; short hair, mustache and beard, directly incised on the surface of the stone.
For a very similar portrait allocated to Aurelian by Helga von Heintze, cf. Moi, Zénobie, Reine de Palmyre, catalogue of exhibition, Paris, on 2001, pp. 249 and 341, no. 134.
Aurelian successfully reunited the Roman Empire by defeating the Alemanni, the Goths, the Vandals, and the Gallic Empire in the west and the Sarmatians and Palmyrene Empire in the east. He thus gained the title “Restorer of the World.”
Ex old Belgian collection ca. 1989.
Ca. AD 270-275
H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.)
Art of the Ancient World, 2012, no. 18