Head of Roman emperor's statue discovered in a package

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Sofia (Bulgaria), Nov 17 : The marble head of a statue of a Roman emperor was delivered in the National History Museum (NHM) in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria, from "Sofia Airport - Customs".

The head, most probably representing Octavian August, was found in a package sent from Haskovo to Western Europe.

It was part of a sculpture or a bust of the famous Roman emperor who conquered Cleopatra and Mark Antony.

According to NHM's director Bozhidar Dimitrov, this is a piece of art with excellent qualities and the work of a master, probably dating back from I c. A.C.

"Findings of such a magnitude arrive once every 25 years", said Dimitrov.

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