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MANDA - Museo Archeologico Nazionale d’Abruzzo - Villa Frigerj verified

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The Capestrano Warrior
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Hercules Curino
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Heracles Epitrapezios
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Stole statue of Foruli
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Statue of a discophore with head portrait by Foruli
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Statue of a military figure from Foruli
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Zeus
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Portrait from Alba Fucens
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Portrait of a Man from Alba Fucens
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Standing mummiform Osiris
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Three-disk armor
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Bronze fibula
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Sandals of Campovalano
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Cooking pan
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Olla
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Ring
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Tablets patron gods Amiternum
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Bronze altar
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Antefissa (n. 2)
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Antefissa (n. 1)
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Face
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The Capestrano Warrior
Hercules Curino
Heracles Epitrapezios
Stole statue of Foruli
Statue of a discophore with head portrait by Foruli
Statue of a military figure from Foruli
Zeus
Portrait from Alba Fucens
Portrait of a Man from Alba Fucens
Standing mummiform Osiris
Three-disk armor
Bronze fibula
Sandals of Campovalano
Cooking pan
Olla
Ring
Tablets patron gods Amiternum
Bronze altar
Antefissa (n. 2)
Antefissa (n. 1)
Face
Untitled

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Description

This fragment of head of a statue represents the portrait of a young man, with a large face with regular facial features. Along the cheeks there is a light wrinkle per side, going from the nose to the mouth. This sculpture has some similaritieswith the official portraits of emperor Claudius, but this may be due to the ambition of local aristocratic or political men – unknown outside their small cities – to look like the emperor.
Portraits of the emperors were common in private contexts and they were considered a sort of volunteer adhesion to the ideology of the empire. It was also a way to legitimate the social and economic power of single persons through the association with the successful, winning and powerful image of the emperor and/or to obtain the emperor’s benevolentia(favor).
The elements that characterized the portrait of emperor Claudius are: hair combed with divergent points on the temples and with a sort of fringe on the forehead, protruding eyes and large ears slightly sticking out from the head.
This sculpture is probably a local interpretation of the models coming from Rome and it is possible to argue the presence of an atelier of sculptors in the city of Alba Fucens.

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