Portrait of a Bearded Man



Portrait of a Bearded Man




mid 2nd-late 2nd Century




Marble, Dokimeion
15 x 8 x 10 in. (38.1 x 20.3 x 25.4 cm)

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The carefully coiffed hair and beard here suggest the sitter's stylish refinement, sophistication, and worldly success. The ascetic features and receding hairline imply a man in later middle life. The drill-work that articulates the hair and beard and the high polish are characteristic of late Antonine and Severan works.

A portrait of the same sitter in the Louvre is also carved by the same sculptor. Single portraits of private Roman men and women are common, but pairs are extremely rare. The man who commissioned them must have been important in his town; it is not unlikely that we would recognize his name if epigraphic evidence were available to identify him. The pair may have been set up in a private house or in a public context; they would have been inserted into busts or full (draped) bodies separately made.

Credit Line

Carlos Collection of Ancient Art


MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, September 2004 - January 2012|
Annotations: George Cooke, Thomas Hope and the Lure of Antiquitiy, The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA, February 5 - July 22, 2012|
MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, September 2012 - August 26, 2013|
MCCM Permanent Collection Reinstallation, September 25, 2013 - Present
Jasper Gaunt, "New Galleries of Greek & Roman Art at Emory University: The Michael C. Carlos Museum," Minerva 16 (January/February 2005): 13-17.


© Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University. Photo by Bruce M. White, 2004.
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“Portrait of a Bearded Man,” Michael C. Carlos Museum Collections Online, accessed December 11, 2018, http://carlos.digitalscholarship.emory.edu/items/show/7931.

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