X. 23322. Statue of the emperor Augustus (29 BC - AD 14) Bronze.
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Found in the Aegean sea between the islands of Euboea and Agios Efstratios
The emperor is depicted in mature age, mounting a horse.
He wears a tunica with a vertical purple stripe (clavus purpurea) and a fringed paludamentum decorated with a maeander pattern.
Iconographic features of the Prima Porta and Actium types are combined in this statue. The right hand is raides in a gesture of official greeting.
The hilt of his sword can be seen below the left hand, in which is held the horse's reigns. On the bezel of his finger-ring a staff of divination (lituus) is engraved, symbolising the supreme religious office of the Pontifex Maximus, assumed by Augustus in 12 BC.
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire