Caracalla Roman Emperor, a grand tour marble bust.
This bust of Caracalla depicts him as a powerful man, of the large stature he was, and was purchased by a large English estate, from an 18th century Italian studio, later sold in Paris to a private collector, where it remains today.
This marble and metal layered bust is finished similar to the original, with a bronze head which has a worn gold gilt finish, a blackened bronze breast plate and copper shoulder plate, with silvered pewter decoration, and antique gold Lion head boss.
The shoulders and rear, are polished and veined antique marble, and the large bust is sat upon a dark polished bronze base.
Caracalla 188 – 8 April 217 was Roman emperor of Punic and Syrian descent, from 198 to 217. The eldest son of Septimius Severus, he reigned jointly with his father from 198 until Severus' death in 211. For a short time he then ruled jointly with his younger brother Geta until he had him murdered later in 211.
Caracalla is remembered as one of the most notorious and brutal of emperors, Caracalla's reign was also notable for the Constitutio Antoniniana (also called the Edict of Caracalla or the Antonine Constitution), granting Roman citizenship to all freemen throughout the Roman Empire, which according to historian Cassius Dio, was done for the purposes of raising tax revenue.
He is also one of the emperors who commissioned large public bath-houses (thermae) in Rome. The remains of the Baths of Caracalla are still one of the major tourist attractions of the Italian capital.
80H x 76W x 30D cm.
Base diam 21cm.