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This damaged bust probably dates from the second century AD. The Emperor Hadrian 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.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts



AD 2nd C




H 40.2 x W (?) x D (?) cm

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known to have been in Europe prior to 1962; purchased from K. J. Hewett Ltd, 1962

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The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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