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Bust of Domitian, possibly re-carved into a Constantinian emperor

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The tip of the nose has been broken away, and a chip is gone from the neck; the surfaces are somewhat discolored, the yellow patina having been scraped and cleaned away. Scientific Analysis: University of South Florida Lab No. 8468: Isotope ratios - delta13C +2.3 / delta18O -2.5, ...

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By date unknown: said to be in the Ludovisi Collection; by 1888: with R. Lanciani (said to come from the Ludovisi villa); purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, December 8, 1888, for $173.91 (this is the total price for MFA 89.4-89.8)

Credit Line

Benjamin Pierce Cheney Fund

Roman (?), Imperial Period or later, Early 4th or 17th century A.D.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 379; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 116 (additional published references).


39.2 x 13 cm (15 7/16 x 5 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Carrara, Italy


The Ancient World