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Balbinus (?)

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This was a funerary bust of the Trajanic period which was recarved around A.D. 238. The current portrait has long been identified as the Emperor Decimus Caelius Balbinus, who briefly ruled as co-emperor with the general Pupienus in A.D. 238. The paludamentum fastened by a brooch on the left...

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By 1888: with Eliseo Borghi (said to have been found in the new quarter of the Ludovisi villa, in the garden of Sallust, in Rome); purchased by R. Lanciani from Eliseo Borghi; 1888: purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani for $491.89 (this is the total purchase price for MFA 88.346–530)

Credit Line

Everett Fund

Roman, Late Imperial Period, about A.D. 238, reworked from a portrait from the early 2nd century A.D.

Place of Manufacture

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 375; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).


52 x 22 cm (20 1/2 x 8 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Göktepe, Turkey (near Aphrodisias)


The Ancient World