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A marble bust with 18th century restorations; probably inserted into a full length draped statue. It perhaps was created for a private villa at Ariccia, near Rome, where it was found. This is a posthumous portrait of Augustus with many features that suggest that it dates to the late 30s or 40s...

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According to Warren's records and entry 329 in Sculpture in Stone: by 18th century: found at Ariccia, near Rome, between 1787 and 1796; by 1845: collection of Cardinal Despuig, Archbishop of Valencia, at Raxa, near Palma, island of Majorca; 1899: acquired from Lorenzo Rossello y Rosselli by Edward Perry Warren; 1899: purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren for $ 32,500.00 (this is the total price for MFA 99.338-99.542)

Credit Line

Henry Lillie Pierce Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, 1st or 2nd century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 329; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 114 (additional published references).


Height: 43.3 cm (17 1/16 in.); length (of face): 20 cm (7 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from the Greek island of Paros


The Ancient World