Head of Emperor Arcadius

Illustration

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 27 May 2018

This marble head of the Roman Emperor Arcadius (reigned 395-408 CE) came from the foundation trench excavation of the Faculty of Letters-Beyazit, Istanbul, in modern-day Turkey. Late 4th century CE. The head was crowned with a double-string of pearls flanking a band of precious stones and adorned with a cameo of pearls in the center. The face is clean and shaved, the pupils were drilled, and the neck is long and thin. (Museum of Archaeology, Istanbul, Turley).



About the Author

Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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