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Porträtbüste: Eutropios

Oströmisch, Spätantike, Mitte 5. Jh. n. Chr.




This highly expressive bust of an elderly man probably functioned as an honorary monument originally set up in a columned hall near the main theatre of Ephesus. The sitter is believed to be Eutropios, a citizen of Ephesus identified and honoured in a Greek inscription on a console found nearby as the man who paid for the paving the city’s streets. The bust’s formal abstraction and the sublimation of the sitter’s individual features are typical of artworks produced in Late Antiquity. It is an example of the typical contemporary portrait type of a high-ranking civil servant in a Roman provincial metropolis. The portrait is on show in the Kunsthistorisches Museum’s Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities (Gallery XVIII).

Location: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Antikensammlung Raum XVIII

Object data

Object Name







Mitte 5. Jh. n. Chr.


Ephesos , Straße östlich der Agora , Selçuk, Kleinasien, Türkei




H. 30,5 cm

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Antikensammlung

Inv. No.

Antikensammlung, I 880


Sultan, Abdul, Hamid, II.; Österreichische Ausgrabungen in Ephesos; Geschenk an Kaiser Franz Joseph; 1911 nachträglich inventarisiert

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