Portrait head of a «kosmetes»

Provenance: Athens, «Diogeneion». Height: 0.385 m. Marble: Pentelic.
Chronology: 211-217 AD. EAM 411

The portrait depicts a mature man with a short beard. The stubborn expression, the thin moustache and the shaved chin refer to the portraits of Caracalla (first main type). However, the unusually long locks of hair in flat relief, combed to the right at the forehead, are traced back to portraits of the Athenian historian Xenophon, of the decade 340-330 BC.