Bronze & Enamel Bust of Caracalla
From Cubbit Antiques
A large and impressive mid 20th Century Bronze and enamel bust of Caracalla.
Some enamel has chipped and discolouration consistent with age.
Caracalla was the popular nickname of Antoninus (4 April 188 – 8 April 217), who was Roman emperor from 198 to 217. The eldest son of Septimius Severus, Caracalla reigned jointly with his father from 198 until Severus' death in 211. For a short time Caracalla then ruled jointly with his younger brother Geta until Caracalla had Geta murdered later in 211. Caracalla is remembered as one of the most notorious and unpleasant of emperors because of the massacres and persecutions he authorized and instigated throughout the Empire. Caracalla's reign was also notable for the Constitutio Antoniniana (also called the Edict of Caracalla or the Antonine Constitution), granting Roman citizenship to all freemen throughout the Roman Empire, which according to historian Cassius Dio, was done for the purposes of raising tax revenue. Caracalla also commissioned a large public bath-house (thermae) project in Rome and the remains of the Baths of Caracalla are still one of the major tourist attractions of the Italian capital.