Roman / Head of a helmeted Roman soldier / ca. 50?75Roman
Head of a helmeted Roman soldier
ca. 50?75

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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Name-CRT: Roman
Title: Head of a helmeted Roman soldier
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 50
Creation End Date: 75
Creation Date: ca. 50?75
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: marble
Dimensions: 7 1/16 x 7 1/8 in. (18 x 18.1 cm)

Of the face of this soldier, only the right eye and part of the cheek have survived. The helmet is better preserved, but only the upper half of the cheekpiece remains. A galloping horse and rider in the relief decorate the side of the helmet, although both the rider's upper torso and the horse's head are missing. A small bulbous helmet with a ring top and plume is sculpted in relief on the cheekpiece.

The helmet type worn by this Roman soldier dates from around 50?75 A.D. Likewise, the sharp detailing of the soldier's eye and the fleshy fold above it are compatible with a Flavian date, perhaps around the time of the emperor Vespasian. Due to the sculpture's fragmentary state, it is difficult to determine its original context. It is close in scale to relief sculpture on the roughly contemporary Arch of Titus (ca. 82 A.D.), and may have been part of a comparable commemorative monument.

AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 25.78.62
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1925
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Flavian
AMICA ID: MMA_.25.78.62
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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