PORTRAITS OF ANTALYA MUSEUM

When one compares the Roman statues in the Antalya Museum to those in other museums around the world, he will find that the museum in Antalya has one of the most enriching and quality collections. Almost all the statues belong to the second century A.D., the Golden Age of the Roman Empire. The rich discoveries in Pamphylia, Antalya and surrounding areas show that the region was prolific in producing marble sculpture of the highest quality in this bright period.
"Every true work is rooted in tradition, but is also imprinted with its own distinctiveness. For this reason it must not only be put in its place in history, but also recognized as a unique piece of art"

 

Many of statues found in excavations in Perge show that Perge had a distinctive style of sculpture compared to other cities of the province. Such style has a strict and definite outline, especially portrait statues have this pecularity, the different shapes are clearly outlined, transitions into details are sudden. One can see this especially at the transition from hair to skin and from chin to neck. Wrinkles on forehead were made with clear strokes. The portraits of the emperors and their families do not follow the official portraits, but have their own unique style.
This is an evidence of a unique sculpture tradition; at least for the second century A.D. in Perge.