Portrait of Hadrian
Provenance: Athens, Syggrou avenue. Height: 0.48 m. Marble: pentelic.
Chronology: 130-140 AD. EAM 3729
The figure wears a
(wreath) of oak leaves, to which golden leaves were once attached. The oak
, which was given to Hadrian in AD 128 in Athens, along with the completion of the temple of the Olympian Zeus in AD 131/132.
The head was intended to be inserted into a colossal, probably cuirassed, statue. The portrait, a major work of an attic workshop, is considered to be a free rendering of the «Imperatori 32» type. The depiction of Hadrian with a luxuriant hairstyle