Bust of a man wearing armour decorated with a Gorgon

Busto virile loricato con Gorgone
Beginning of Antonian era (half of 2nd century AD)
Material and technique: 

This bust is from the early Antonine age. The execution of the cuirass and the Gorgon’s face – in which a drill was used – is in a Hellenizing and Classicist taste. The type of cuirass dates from between the early imperial age and the end of the third century AD.
At the centre of the cuirass, a Gorgon with winged mane can be seen.
On the left shoulder the paludamentum is held in place by a round leather stud, while the string that ties the right shoulder strap ends in a heart-shaped ivy leaf.
The back of the bust is only very perfunctorily worked.

The hall


The staircase leads to an antechamber that opens onto the large loggia on the pronaos. It has ceilings decorated by Decio Trabalza of Dawn, Day and Night.

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