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This portrait of Rome's first emperor (27 B.C.-A.D. 14) belongs to a group sometimes known as the Forbes type. This type is more classicizing than earlier portraits of Augustus, perhaps because he wished to present himself as a bringer of stability and calm after a period of civil war. The...

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By date unknown: Edward Waldo Forbes Collection (according to the Registrar's records: purchased by him in Rome); gift of Edward Waldo Forbes to MFA, December 1, 1906

Credit Line

Gift of Edward Waldo Forbes

Roman, Imperial Period, Early 1st century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 327; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 114 (additional published references); Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 174.


Height x length (of face): 31 x 20 cm (12 3/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, fine-grained Italian


The Ancient World