Portrait head of a «kosmetes»

Provenance: Athens, «Diogeneion». Height: 0.35 m. Marble: Pentelic.
Chronology: 220-235 AD. EAM 393

The portrait depicts a man at an advanced age, bearded, with a thick long moustache. Both his hair, worked in unkempt heavy locks, and his luxuriant, long and wavy beard, refer to portraits of Cynic philosophers (Antisthenes). The passion of the expression, however, reflects the Hellenistic philosopher-type portraits of Asia Minor.