Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Roman bust fetches $930k

In 2017 a 1,800-year-old sculpture depicting a Roman military officer was sold at auction by the Denver Art Museum for about $930k. The sculpture likely depicts a senator or member of Rome's nobility who led the military during a campaign in the second century A.D. "The portrait represents a Roman military officer, distinguished by the cape he wears over his shoulder. He was probably not a professional soldier, however, but rather a member of the elite senatorial or equestrian class whose command during a specific military campaign would provide the opportunity for political advancement or financial gain"