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Probably modelled after a full-size cast from the Roman original. The original marble on the Arch of Constantine (dedicated in 315 AD) is one of a series of eight roundels reused from an earlier monument of the Hadrianic period. It is one of a pair on the south side and depicts Antinous (Hadrian's favourite) on the left, the Emperor Hadrian in the centre, and an attendant and a friend of the court (amicus principis) departing for the hunt. In this plaster, the head of the emperor, missing in the original Roman roundel, has been 'restored' by the plasterer who made this version. A modern framing is supplied, perhaps to Soane's own specification. Soane thought the subject was the Emperor Trajan but it is today identified as his successor, the Emperor Hadrian.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
Trajan Going to the Chase
H 70 x W 70 x D 7 cm (E)
acquired by Sir John Soane, before 1837
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