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Head of a Man Wearing a Cap or Helmet

possibly 2nd–3rd century


Made in probably British Isles

The facial features are similar to those depicted on the numerous Celtic heads found in Yorkshire. Many of them, however, are products of later periods, continuing the simplicity of form characteristic of Celtic sculpture. Stone heads like this may have served as surrogates for real human heads, retaining a certain aura of power. The military appearance of the headdress could indicate a person's status and importance.