The half-portrait illustrates the artistic solutions that characterised the sculptural representation of the human face from the 2nd century AD. The iris of the eye is marked by a thin circle, and the pupil by two incised lines, giving greater emphasis to the gaze. The plastically modelled tresses are separated by deep notches which make distinct light and dark bands alternate on the portrait, while the beard is rendered by fine incisions recalling eiderdown.
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 Göktepe marble. Click here for the detailed results.