Inv. n°: MMoCA84

Roman Bronze Roundel with a Bust of a Young Barbarian

His head slighted tilted to the right with thick hair. His pendant, a Bulla, used to be worn by Roman children who were born free. This representation underlines the phenomenon of acculturation in the Roman Empire and the desire to reach the rank of citizen of the Empire.

w. 19.2 x Ø 9.2 cm

1st-3rd centuries AD



  • Ex European private collection, from the late 1950s, thence by descent
  • Royal-Athena Galleries acquired at Bonhams London, Antiquities, 1st May 2008, lot 209
  • Acquired at Royal-Athena Galleries, 22nd October 2008, BLRR208A


  • Bonhams London, Antiquities Sale, 1st May 2008, p. 114, lot 209
  • J. M. Eisenberg, Art of the Ancient World, Royal-Athena Galleries, 2009, vol. XX, p. 34, fig. 55
  • M. Junkelmann, "Roman Militaria" in M. Merrony (ed.), Mougins Museum of Classical Art, France, 2011, p. 260, fig. 66
  • K. Schörle (ed.), L’Armée de Rome, la puissance et la gloire, Arles, 2018, p.141, no. 68
  • J. Coulston, "The Power and the Glory", Minerva: the International Review of Ancient Art & Archaeology, March/April 2019, vol. 30, no. 2, p. 20, no. 18


  • Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM), Mougins, France, from June 2011
  • L’armée de Rome, la puissance et la gloire, Musée départemental Arles antique, Arles, France, 5th December 2018 — 22nd April 2019

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