Head of Emperor Severus Alexander

Head of Emperor Severus Alexander

This Roman-style sculpted head is a portrait of Emperor Marcus Aurelius Alexander Severus.

He has a short beard and short hair that is carved in vertical lines. He has inset eyes and a fleshy mouth. The neck on this statue is most likely not the original one. The statue is polished except for the hair. Coins and statues that realistically portrayed the emperor’s face allowed him to be known throughout the empire.

From Luxor. Now in the Egyptian Museum, Cairo. JE 27480

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