Inv. n°: MMoCA646

Roman Marble Portrait of the Emperor Claudius

The style of the hair is cropped above the forehead unlike the earlier Julio-Claudian examples. The head originally had been worked to be inserted into a statue probably depicted ‘capite velato’. Therefore, the backside had not been executed. The hair is only picked as a rough surface, for the addition of hair in stucco, perhaps in a second phase, but the surface of the face appears untouched since it was first carved.

h. 38 x w. 19 cm

AD 41-54



  • Ex Belgian Private Collection, Brussels, acquired in London early 1980
  • Acquired at Gorny & Mosch, Auction 194, Munich, 14th December 2010, lot 4


  • Gorny & Mosch, Auction 194, 14th December 2010, cover front and pp. 18-19, lot 4
  • J. Pollini, "Roman Marble Sculpture" in M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, France, 2011, p. 98, fig. 45
  • C. Wrathall, "Collectors & Collections", Christie’s Magazine, UK & China, January/February 2016, p. 52
  • M. Squire, "A Passionate Collector", Minerva: the International Review of Ancient Art & Archaeology, London, March/April 2018, p. 16
  • R. Leung, "From 4th-Century Greek Vases to Female Abstract Expressionism", Larry's List, 2022, [On-line]. Available at:


  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from June 2011

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