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Bust of a man

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This life-size portrait of a man was perhaps based on a death-mask, which accounts for the individualized features of a mature man. It was skillfully retouched by the artist, who added clay and used modeling instruments- most obviously in the hair and the pupils of the eyes. It may have been a...

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By 1901: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: from somewhere beyond Pozzuoli & this side Cumae); purchased by MFA from Edward Perry Warren, December 1901

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by contribution

Roman, Late Republican Period, about 50 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 172.


Height: 35.7 (14 1/16) in.); depth: 18 cm (7 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World