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Sculpture of Roman general

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Sculpture of Roman general
Sculpture of Roman general

Sculpture of a Roman general from the 2nd century CE, made of white marble. The figure depicted was holding in his left hand a shield decorated with the image of a Gorgon / Medusa.

The character has a military coat (plaudamentum) typical of high Roman officers, fastened with a brooch (fibula) on the right shoulder.

According to Pliny the Elder, Roman portraits to honour characters could take various forms: standing, on horseback or in a chariot. Various types of clothing were also used – toga, armoured or naked; following the example of Greek sculptures.

The artefact is in the Parco Archeologico di Lilibeo in Marsala (Sicily).

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