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Tours > Roman Britain at the BM > The Lullingstone Busts

The Lullingstone Busts
Lullingstone, Kent

This is one of two portrait busts (the other broken) discovered at the Roman villa at Lullingstone in Kent. These exceptionally rare early 2nd century sculptures give some idea of the high quality of portable decorative items once to be seen in rich Roman country houses. The marble appears to be Greek and the workmanship certainly suggests a continental origin. They are assumed to portray two of the owner's ancestors, possibly father and son (there is certainly a strong family likeness). The older character, depicted here, appears to have been in the army for he wears a military cloak. The two sculptures were sealed in the so-called 'deep room' of the villa in 3rd century, probably when new occupants moved in.



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