A bust is a sculpted or cast representation of the upper part of the human figure, depicting a person's head and neck, as well as a variable portion of the chest and shoulders. The piece is normally supported by a plinth. These forms recreate the likeness of an individual. These may be of any medium used for sculpture, such as marble, bronze, terracotta or wood. A parallel term, aust, is a representation of the upper part of an animal or mythical creature.
Sculptural portrait heads from classical antiquity are sometimes displayed as busts. However, these are often fragments from full-body statues, or were originally created to be inserted into a pre-existing body; these portrait heads are not included in this article.
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Pericles with the Corinthian helmet (marble, Roman after a Greek original, ca. 430 BC)
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The Empress Vibia Sabina (ca. 130 AD)
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Lucius Verus (ca. 140 AD)
Unidentified woman, by Joseph Chinard (terracotta, 1802)
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Mademoiselle Brunet, bronze André Bourroux
Keys To Community by James Peniston (2007)
- Previously known as The Blackamoor.
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