Portrait head of a «kosmetes»

Provenance: Athens, «Diogeneion». Height: 0.31 m. Marble: Pentelic.
Chronology: around the end of the 2nd century AD. EAM 407

The portrait depicts a man of advanced age, bearded and extensively balding. The scanty hair at the sides is arranged in tousled, plastically rendered, locks, in contrast to the short beard worked in relief. The thick moustache covers the whole mouth. The portrait follows the trends of the time. It is similar to the portraits of the sophist Aelius Aristides and the philosopher-type portraits of Asia Minor.