Antique busts

Imperial buses & philosophers. The busts of ancient emperors have been an expression of classical personalities since ancient Roman times. Every complex and lovingly hand-patinated Roman bust is a cast or copy of ancient emperors and rulers.

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Busts of the Romans

In different sizes and from different materials, Roman busts on the sides offer busts and reliefs of the Roman shop a wide selection of antique sculptures. From just 29 euros onwards, the ornate busts can decorate the desk, living room or bookshelf on polished, black, elegant marble sockets - just as the replicas actually only know from the museum.

Roman busts that grace

The larger sculptures have a particularly impressive effect on columns or platforms. For lovers of antiquity, they are a stylish attribute in any office, working or living room. In humanistic schools the images of the ancient ancestors can be placed imposingly in the stairs or in the hallways of the educational establishment. Let yourself be inspired by the sculptures of the emperors of Rome, emperors and masters on the replicas of the Roman busts of the Roman quarter!

About the antique bust

Roman busts are statues representing only the head and upper body of a person. They were mostly made of marble or bronze in antiquity and should increase their own prestige and honor the person concerned. The word bust is derived from the French word "buste" and the Italian "busto" and describes the upper body, or, in art, the reproduction of the human head. Already the ancient Greeks experimented with busts, but most of them existed only since the Roman Empire.

Roman Imperial Busts

At the beginning of the imperial era, the busts were made with only a small cut to the bones. But over the course of time, more and more of the upper body was modeled, so that the approaches of the arms were also added. At first, the first emperors on busts were always depicted very young and without beard, to be considered as old-fashioned. Only later were they built more realistic. The busts should show the character of man. There were also hints of clothes to help. If men wore a chest-armor, or had strapped a sword-belt, they belonged to the military, as is the case, for example, with the busts of Emperor Tiberius. If they were still naked underneath, this underscored their strength and bravery. Very often, wreaths were also used. They were worn on their heads and were a sign of honor. The wreath was quite popular in Roman antiquity. With him, soldiers were initially distinguished when they had saved somebody in the war. But then the emperors claimed this distinction for themselves.

Busts were "in", also with oak leaves of the godfather Jupiter

Emperor Augustus was often portrayed with an oak leaf wreath and the later emperors were given the wreath. He was to show the approval of the Senate for the new Emperor, and probably symbolize the world as well, since the oak is the sign of the godfather Jupiter. The busts of the Roman emperors were mostly placed in public places, but they were also found in houses, in the forum, and in burial chambers. Above all, on the streets of Rome, one could admire the busts of the emperors everywhere. From the Roman busts one can nowadays deduce how the persons concerned have looked out and when they have lived. This is very easy to find in the case of emperors, as their busts were distributed throughout the country, and their heads were also marked by the then-current coins. Interesting also: busts also reveal which fashion was "in" in old Rome, for example, the hairstyles betrayed this.

The Roman bust

You will discover the Roman culture and way of life by means of Roman busts. They are valuable finds from the ancient period. Archaeologists have rediscovered them under difficult conditions or exhibited in museums of distant countries, the Roman bust tells a long history. Archaeological sciences are of particular importance to the imperial bosom. It was noted that in Roman Antiquity the making was an important portrayal of portraits. However, to date it has not been possible to determine the function of the bust in society.

Whose face is portrayed on the bust?

Not every famous person in Roman antiquity was given the honor of a bust of his own. Mainly the portraits were made for members of the imperial family. In the Roman Empire there were also honorary statues in important places in large cities. The traditional production of busts developed around the year 30 BC In Rome Emperor Augustus ruled at that time. Under his rule the first marble sculptures were created. They were shown three-dimensionally and show the head and the upper part of the upper body. The portraits were made of white marble. It is surpassed that the famous Carrara marble was broken by the Romans as early as 50 BC. This marble was used mainly by the Romans to build their prestige buildings in the capital Rome. Examples of impressive Roman architecture are the Dioscuro Temple, which is on the Roman Forum as well as the Augustus Forum, both of which were built with this marble. The Trajan's Column also consists of white Carrara marble. In order to preserve and pass on the Roman history, replicas of the original busts are nowadays made. They bring a piece of Roman culture into their own home and give a glimpse into the ancient world. The Roman portraits have long been regarded as art objects or appealing decoration in our home. The original replica of the Roman Emperor can be found in the living rooms in the living room.

Valuable tradition

However, the artist did not simply reproduce the face of the emperor and his family. The portrait was assigned the characteristics of an emperor, and then the facial expressions were adapted accordingly. The Emperor could not be portrayed as a spirited youth. He should radiate the sovereignty of a ruler. The portraits of the Roman emperors often bear serious or self-contained features. The people should respect the emperor. The portrait was often decorated with an oak leaf crown. Emperor Augustus was awarded for the salvation of the Roman people.

The Roman bust in your home

Roman portraits were publicly exhibited in the ancient period. The people should have the Emperor, if not personally, but then figuratively before the eyes. The portraits of the imperial family were exhibited in the squares of the cities. The replicas of Emperor Augustus, Emperor Tiberius, Caesar, or the patron Gaius Julius Caesar are thus not only suitable as decorative objects for the home. You can also place them in the garden or on your terrace. Get a piece of Roman history home - with a precious Roman bust!