This particular statue of Augustus that I am referring to was discovered just outside of Rome in 1863 and was in terrific condition.
It’s about two meters tall, just larger than life size. It was made from an expensive high quality type of marble and was obviously carved by an expert.
Now, it still had visible traces of color on the hair, eyes and its clothing and armor.
The paints have been very carefully studied. And it turns out that the colors weren’t just from any pigments; they were from expensive pigments.
The use of these pigments showed the importance of Augustus and that he should be honored.
And let’s consider the extensive traces of a red pigment that were found on the statue’s cloak.
The cloak is a special garment that was traditionally worn by an emperor on the battlefield.
And in real life it was a red color, which to the Romans, signified the emperor’s authority