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Head of a Barbarian Chief-Arminius



Description of the Roman bust of Arminius

This marble bust of a young man shows his head slightly larger than life-size. The marble bust comes from the British Museum and was formerly part of the Townley Collection. The bust flaunts a rich head of hair and, in contrast, no beard but a light fuzz above the upper lip.


The original was found in Trajan’s Forum and apparently belonged to the statue of a barbarian leader, perhaps a figure that formed one of the ornaments of a triumphal arch. It was acquired shortly after the find by an Englishman, Mr Lyde Browne, and later came to the British Museum via the Townley Collection.


The bust probably depicts Arminius, the youthful prince of the Germanic Cherusci. (* around 17 BC; † around 21 AD). An outstanding general who inflicted one of the most devastating defeats on the Romans at the Battle of Varus in 9 AD with the destruction of three legions.

The expressive facial features, determination, virility and sensuality of this head match the description given by Velleius Paterculus of Arminius’ features; and the age indicated in the marble also perfectly matches that of Arminius, who was about thirty-four years old at the time of his defeat.


Buy antique bust of Arminius as a bronze cast in museum quality

The bust that you can order online from us is produced as a bronze cast using the traditional lost wax technique. The negative mould required for this is based on a plaster cast made from the original in the British Museum.


Cast marble & marble sculpture from the sculptor

In addition to classic bronze casting, we also offer two other moulds for the Roman bust shown here. Marble casting from powdered genuine white marble. And the new moulding of the statue by sculptors from a single block of white marble. If you are interested in such a mould, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to receiving your e-mail or phone call.


Patinating the Roman bust

Patination marks the final step in the finishing process of a bronze statue. The patina simulates the natural oxidation process that causes the bronze to weather differently over time, depending on the environmental influences on the copper alloy. We have various patina recipes in our repertoire, including one that corresponds well to the patina of preserved antique bronze statues. We would be happy to provide you in advance with possible Patina samples are available.


Individualisation of the bust replica

Each statue cast by us is engraved in the base with a serial number, date of manufacture and our company logo. The base is also engraved with your name, a lettering, the occasion of production, your own company logo or additional engraving as required.


Your very personal legacy

Our museum-quality cast bronze replicas are therefore not only artistic reproductions, but also timeless reminders that will preserve your legacy for generations to come. By engraving your name, the date and the occasion on the base, the bust you have purchased will become an everlasting symbol of your most personal life achievement, your significance in this world and your work there.


Memory cast in bronze in the radiant light of antiquity

Ancient Greek bronze statues and their masterfully crafted Roman marble replicas were the sensual and visual mirror of these two advanced civilisations for over a millennium. After their rediscovery during the Renaissance, these statues once again became world-famous and symbolised the emergence of modernity.

In keeping with the ancient traditions of Delphi and Rome, the statue made for you and with your name as the donor will forever be a reminder of your personality and achievements.


Locations for the installation of ancient statues & list of parks with ancient sculptures

The original antique statues and busts are almost impossible to buy. Since their rediscovery in the Renaissance, expensive replicas have been made for castles, their parks and also for the mansions of the wealthy bourgeoisie. During this period, a canon for the installation and placement of these works of art was created that developed into modern times. Here you will find an overview of particularly beautiful locations for antique statues. We also offer you an overview of some publicly accessible gardens and parks, each of which has an impressive collection of ancient sculptures. With specific details of which statues can be seen where. Go travelling, let yourself be inspired!


Product details

Head of a Barbarian Chief-Arminius
Item No.S25
MaterialBronze cast
dimension (height x width x depth)47 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm
What you receiveSingle piece, Bronze cast. The exact design details, measurements and weight as well as the structure and colour of the Bronze cast may vary.
DeliveryDelivered using our own van
Delivery ChargeFree delivery in England and Wales (except islands) and to a few EU countries. Click here for details.
Price incl. VAT£7,200.00