• Portrait of Mithradates VI Eupator

    height: 38 cm

Portrait of Mithradates VI Eupator

Created: Ancient Greece. 80s BC

Found: Panticapaeum necropolis. Crimea, the environs of Kerch

This sculpture is a variant of the popular portrait of Mithridates VI Eupator that was created at Pergamon in the 80s BC. The dramatic image of the ruler of Pontus emphasized his outward resemblance to Alexander the Great, whether real or in part the product of the sculptor’s imagination. It has also bee suggested that this sculptural portrait presented Mithridates in the guise of Hercules: the way the back and top of the head are cut off would then be explained by the absence of a headdress that could have been a lion skin. Judging by the shape of the neck, the head was made separately for a statue and installed in a special socket. This type of portrait came to determine the iconography for the depiction of Mithridates VI.


Portrait of Mithradates VI Eupator


Place of finding:

Archaeological site:

Panticapaeum necropolis



height: 38 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1910; handed over from the Imperial Archaeological Commission

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