Bust of a «kosmetes» with part of the herm

Provenance: Athens, «Diogeneion». Height: 0.75 m. Height of head: 0.37 m. Sockets for insertion of tenons 0.13x0.055 m. Marble: Pentelic.
Chronology: around the end of the 2nd century AD. EAM 394

The portrait depicts a bearded man at an advanced age wearing a himation over his left shoulder. The hair, fairly luxuriant for his age, is arranged into tousled, heavy locks. The particularly long beard is wavy, while the thick moustache completely covers the upper lip. Influences are traced to the philosopher-sophist type portraits of the period of Marcus Aurelius.