In the decades of the Flavians (69–96 AD), who succeeded the Julio-Claudian dynasty founded by Augustus, the sculpture was characterized by a more expressive stylistic trend. The differences become visible if we compare this bust with the classicizing portrait of Tiberius. The man thrusts his head to the side; the face is not smooth, but composed of smaller, plastically modelled surfaces, and characterized by lively mimicry. The locks of hair are thicker. The iris and pupil are still unmarked, this will become more and more frequent in the 2nd century AD.
Marble analyses conducted by Danielle Decrouez (Geneva, Museum of Natural History) and Karl Ramseyer (University of Bern, Institute of Geological Sciences) have shown that the portrait was made of Parian (Paros-Marathi) marble. Click here for the detailed results.