cast

On display

Details

  • Associated people

    Augustus (-27 - 14) (subject)
  • Date

    2001 - 2009
  • Object type

  • No. of items

    1

  • Museum location

    Ground floor | Gallery 14 | Cast Gallery
  • Museum department

    Cast Gallery

  • Accession no.

    CG.H.17

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  • Catalogue text

    Head of Augustus. The eyes are of marble and glass paste. The head is of the Prima Porta type (see B 161). Building 292 at Meroe was possibly an ancient Nubian victory monument commemorating the wars with Rome in 25-20 BC. The head was probably taken to Meroe as booty.

    In: Frederiksen, Rune, and R.R.R. Smith, The Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum: Catalogue of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2011)

Further reading

Bosanquet, R.C., ‘Part III - On the Bronze Portrait-Head’, Annals of Archaeology and Anthropology, (1912)

Walters, H.B., Select Bronzes, Greek, Roman and Etruscan in the Department of Antiquities (London, 1915)

Boschung, Dietrich, Die Bildnisse des Augustus (Berlin: Gebr. Mann, 1993)

Lahusen, G., and E. Formigli, ‘Der Augustus von Meroë und die Augen der Römischen Bronzebildnisse’, Archäologischer Anzeiger, 4, (1993)

Smith, R.R.R., ‘Typology and Diversity in the Portraits of Augustus’, Journal of Roman Archaeology, 9, (1996)

Frederiksen, Rune, and R.R.R. Smith, The Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum: Catalogue of plaster casts of Greek and Roman sculpture (Oxford: Ashmolean Museum, 2011)

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