Page 907. " on the slab there was a bust, after the style of those of Roman emperors, which seemed to be of bronze "



   The prophetic brazen head capable of answering any and all questions asked of it turns up in several versions of the same legend, its creation attributed to a variety of famous sages but most enduringly to thirteenth-century friar Roger Bacon.  The popular romance chronicling his creation of such a head had been adapted by Robert Greene into the play Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay in the late sixteenth-century. 

Online copy of The Famous History of Friar Bacon (1627 edition)