Portrait head of a «kosmetes»

Provenance: Athens, «Diogeneion». height 0.24 m. Marble: Pentelic.
Chronology: early Hadrianic period. EAM 413

A man of advanced age, bearded and extensively balding, is depicted. It is recognizably evocative of Greek portraits, such as Thucydides or the Vienna-type portrait of Aristotle, in terms of the shape of the skull, the arrangement of the wrinkles on the forehead and the rendering of the beard. It is, however, also associated to beardless portraits of the late Flavian period (square chin).