Roman bust of Emperor Trajan – original size
Markus Ulpius Traianus
Trajan (Marcus Ulpius Traianus) was born AD 53 in Italica, Spain, he died AD 117 in Selinus, Cilicia and reigned from AD 98 to AD 117.
The bust is made of hard ceramic and with a slight natural patina after an original archaeological find.
Beautiful and impressive at the same time, it is a typical imperial representation of Trajan with a wreath in his hair and a Medusa's head on his shoulder. When Perseus had decapitated Medusa, the first winged horse named Pegasus sprang from her body as Medusa has become pregnant by Poseidon, while he had assumed the shape of a horse. The Medusa's head in a bag, Perseus flew over the sea to Ethiopia, where he saved the Princess Andromeda from a sea monster of the Poseidon. The portrait of the Emperor Trajan is a unique impression of the original. The Medusa's head is a symbol of the divine right of rule.
The faithful details make the bust to an extraordinarily, expressive portrait of the Roman Emperor Trajan.
Trajan, the Roman Emperor, who came from the province of Spain, is traditionally considered in the historiography as Princeps (optimus princeps). After the years of the reign of Domitian which was characterised by persecutions and executions of Roman senators and the end of the Flavian Dynasty, Nerva only reigned for a short period, before Trajan took over. With the conquest of Armenia, Mesopotamia, and especially of the Dacian Empire, the Roman Empire under his rule experienced its greatest extent.
With regards to internal politics, Trajan through extensive construction and social measures aimed at strengthening Italy and promoted the romanization of the provinces of the Empire.
- The bust’s height/width: approx. 70 x 43 cm
- Depth: 30 cm
- Weight 22kg
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