Roman bust of emperor Tiberius – reduced size
Tiberius Iulius Caesar Augustus (prior to the adoption by Augustus: Tiberius Claudius Nero)
* November 16, 42 BC in Rome; Died March 16, 37 AD at Cape Misenum
Reigned from 14 to 37 AD
Antique historians, particularly Tacitus and Suetonius, portray the Emperor Tiberius as an insidious dictator. Through his remote life out of the public, Tiberius had caused some dark speculation already in his lifetime. His appearance is described quite differently. Suetonius sees the Emperor Tiberius as a light-skinned man with shoulder-length hair and Tacitus describes him as a bald with numerous skin imperfections.
Yet, Tiberius was also a handsome, tall man, with an extraordinary strong left hand. Despite his nearly lifelong health, he had to contend with eye-catching rashes on the face. Tiberius had a home on Capri.
The portrait of Tiberius
According to tradition, portraits of the Emperor were to match the image of Augustus, hence the similarity in pose, although, personal features are clear. With Augustus, an entirely new kind of imaging of the ruler during his tenure had been created. Instead of the late Republican verismo portraits which strongly showed the age of the person, with Augustus we find the ideal of the young and dynamic Emperor throughout his life. Until his death, therefore, he was depicted as a young Emperor. Tiberius could not escape this portrait scheme, although he was already 55 years old when this portrait was made. The state was still too young, the popularity of the Emprer with the people and Senate too small, his succession without direct blood relationship to vulnerable. Hence, Tiberius continued to play the cards of Augustus, even in his portrait.
Tiberius with the citizen Crown
The replica of Tiberius is in many ways outstanding. We can discern Tiberius’ special hairstyle and face, even though they remind of Augustus. The head and chest show the Princeps in his role as Commander. He presents the virtues of strength and peace. The wreath on his head, the corona civica was considered a military sign, given to soldiers, who had saved the life of a comrade.
Since Augustus, this headdress is symbolic of the Princeps, portrait as the one who is protecting the entire Roman people. You will not be disappointed from this fine bust.
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