Two joining sculpture fragments Images of Empire: Flavian Fragments in Rome and Ann Arbor Rejoined

The Kelsey Fragments

Fragments in Ann Arbor

  • 10. Profile Head of a Soldier in Relief (2425)
  • 11. Fragment of a Lorica Segmentata and Right Hand in Relief (2431)
  • 12. Head in Relief of Vespasian Wearing the Corona Civica (2430)
  • 13. Fragment of an Entablature (2424)
  • 14. Fragment of an Entablature (2427)
  • 15. Fragment of an Ionic or Composite Capital (2426)

The six ancient fragments shown here were acquired by Professor Kelsey for the University of Michigan a quarter of a century before the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology was founded. They entered the Kelsey Museum's collection in 1928, along with many other artifacts collected by Professor Kelsey. Now, joined by the casts of the Hartwig fragments in the Museo Nazionale Romano and interpreted as parts of a major Roman imperial monument, the Templum Gentis Flaviae, they can claim to be unique representatives of Roman official art in this hemisphere.

Breastplate of a soldier Head of Vespasian

The breastplate of a soldier (KM 2431) joins the head of a soldier in Rome (MNR 310257) and the head of Vespasian (KM 2430) in the reconstruction of the scene of adventus.

Architectural fragment (KM 2424) Architectural fragment (KM 2427)

The two architectural fragments (KM 2424 and 2427) along with the two Hartwig architectural fragments (MNR 310254 and 310255) form part of the entablature of the hypothetically reconstructed altar precinct wall.

Architectural fragment (KM 2426) Head of a soldier (KM 2425)

The proportions of the fragment of the Ionic or Composite capital (KM 2426) are not consistent with those of the other architectural fragments. It probably belonged to another part of the Templum Gentis Flaviae. The same is true of the profile head of a helmeted soldier (KM 2425), whose proportions are larger than those of the other figural fragments.

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