This head was part of a larger than life-size bronze statue of the Roman emperor Hadrian. Statues like this were raised across the empire. This one may have been put up to commemorate Hadrian’s visit to Britain in AD 122, as Hadrian traveled the empire establishing its limits and securing its boundaries. This object gives insight into Hadrian’s leadership and the use of the imperial image as propaganda.
Found in the River Thames near London Bridge
AD 101 – 200
height: 43 cm
weight: 16 kg
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