Portrait head of a «kosmetes»

Provenance: Athens, «Diogeneion». Height: 0.31 m. Marble: Pentelic.
Chronology: after the middle of the 3rd century AD. EAM 403

The portrait depicts a bearded man with beautiful, idealistic, classicizing features. He would wear a himation. His luxuriant hair is arranged in short, crescentshaped locks. The short beard is worked in low relief, while the hair of the eyebrows is rendered by oblique, engraved lines. The expression of the face is severe and melancholy. It recalls portraits of the Hadrianic period.