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Lucius Verus

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2nd century AD
31.5 x 24 x 26.5 cm
Carved Luni-Carrara marble
MNAT 387

A portrait of the Emperor Lucius Verus (161-169), co-regent with Marcus Aurelius, found in the area of the Forum of the Colonia Tarraco.

This was the official image of the emperor distributed throughout the Empire. It was probably carved in a local workshop based on a prototype created in Rome by an official sculptor. Although it contains unmistakeable features of the Emperor, the face also corresponds to the ideal stereotype of handsomeness of the time.

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