A bust is a sculpted or cast representation of the upper part of the human figure, depicting a person's head and neck, and 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 created to be inserted into an existing body; these portrait heads are not included in this article.
Pericles with the Corinthian helmet (marble, Roman after a Greek original, c. 430 BC)
The Empress Vibia Sabina (c. 130 AD)
Lucius Verus (c. 140 AD)
Head of a Dignitary, court workshop of the Kingdom of Benin, Nigeria (clay, 16th century)
Unidentified woman, by Joseph Chinard (terracotta, 1802)
The Veiled Nun by Giuseppe Croff (marble, 1860)