Augustus, a one-of-a-kind, porcelain original by
Michelle Lightner is the artist's interpretation of a Roman Emperor (not
intended to be a portrait). As was most sculptures of Roman Dignity,
"Gus" is sculpted with an innocent, almost child-like face. His
authentic 4th. century A.D. costuming includes:
The outer tunic is a simple affair, made of one square of
cloth, seamed together at the sides with an oval slit for the head. As
was customary in these times, the Emperor's tunic is embellished with
gold. The color white was worn by the emperor to depict their
The Imperial Toga, or Toga Piraetexta, (so called
for the lavish embroidery work and pictures on the togas of that era) was
semicircular in shape and had a wide curved edge. As was customary in
those days, his toga is made of silk.
His belt is made of scarlet (a hue, or shade of purple)
silk. Much attention was paid to how the garment was "girded", or belted.
A loin cloth, or a subligaculum was considered
necessary for decency.
His inner-tunic, shorter and narrower than the outer
one, is called a subucula. This was often referred to as the inner
Agustus' shoes are handmade by the artist to depict typical shoes
of the era and trimmed in gold.
He holds a DECREE in his hands as he is addressing his empire.
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