Bust of a «kosmetes» with part of the herm

Provenance: Athens, «Diogeneion». Height: 0.70 m. Height of head: 0.31 m. Sockets for insertion of tenons 0.15x0.055 m. Marble: Pentelic.
Chronology: 231/232 AD. EAM 388

The portrait depicts a mature, bearded man. He wears a himation over his left shoulder. A receding hairline and deep wrinkles on the forehead indicate his age. His physiognomy, but mostly the solid structure of the skull with a tongue-shaped tuft of hair in the middle of the forehead refers to portraits of the orator Aeschines of 320 BC. The swollen ears indicate his athletic past as a wrestler.