Bronze portrait of a man, identified as M. Agrippa Period: Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian Date: early century A. Culture: Roman Medium: Bronze Dimensions: H. cm) Classification: Bronzes Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1914 Accession Number:
The Apollo Ivory mask is one of the most rare and important looted antiquities ever. Many believe it was carved by Phidias, ( 480 – 430 BC) considered to be one of the best classical sculptors of Greece. His remarkable work can be found on the Parthenon.
It was one of the treasures selected for the British Museum’s A History of the World in 100 Objects as the fix-gazed, 2000 year old sole bronze portrait of the Roman emperor Augustus to survive with its original inlaid eyes.