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MANDA - National Archaeological Museum of Abruzzo - Villa Frigerj verified

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Warrior of Capestrano
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Ercole Curino
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Heracles Epitrapezios
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A statue of a civilian from Foruli
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Statue of discophorus with head portrayed by Foruli
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Statue of a character of military rank from Foruli
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Zeus
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Portrait by Alba Fucens
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Male portrait by Alba Fucens
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Osiris standing mummiform
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Three-disc cuirass
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Bronze fibula
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Campovalano boots
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Cooking pan
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Be
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Ring
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Tables patronage di Amiternum
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Bronze macaw
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in Antef (n. 2)
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in Antef (n. 1)
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Face
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Warrior of Capestrano
Ercole Curino
Heracles Epitrapezios
A statue of a civilian from Foruli
Statue of discophorus with head portrayed by Foruli
Statue of a character of military rank from Foruli
Zeus
Portrait by Alba Fucens
Male portrait by Alba Fucens
Osiris standing mummiform
Three-disc cuirass
Bronze fibula
Campovalano boots
Cooking pan
Be
Ring
Tables patronage di Amiternum
Bronze macaw
in Antef (n. 2)
in Antef (n. 1)
Face
Without title

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Description

The head returns the image of a young man , with a broad face and regular features. Furrows are outlined along the cheeks that descend towards the nose and mouth. The portrait shows affinities with the iconography of the emperor Claudius , but the similarity could also be simply due to the ambition, on the part of local characters not known beyond the borders of their cities, to resemble the emperor.
The image of the emperors has spread in society as a voluntary adherence to the ideology of the principality , as can be seen in the private portraits. This private production responded to the need to legitimize the social success of individuals and to their need to publicly communicate a winning image, perhaps acquiring the benevolence of the emperor.
In this portrait you can see the characteristics of the iconography of the emperor Claudius, such as the protruding eyes , the ears wide and detached from the skull and the hair , which following the fashion of the time, goes down to the nape, limiting the forehead with a sort of fringe and stretch on the temples up to the ears with locks with divergent tips , so as to frame the upper part of the face.
The portrait moves away from the strong classicist idealization of the previous age in a superficial form freed from a true formal research. This is most likely the product of a local workshop . In the head-portrayed by Alba Fucens the veristic individualism of the face probably suggests the existence of sculptors' workshops in Alba Fucens itself .

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