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Cuirassed torso

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This statue probably depicted an emperor, possibly Domitian (A.D. 81–96). The torso shows a man wearing a breastplate decorated with a palladion flanked by victories, a symbol of Minerva (Athena) and of military success. Domitian is known to have adopted Minerva as his patron deity, and the...

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By date unknown: with Edward Perry Warren (according to Warren's records: Bought in Florence of Bardini who said however he had it from Tavazzi in Rome.); 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, late 1st century A.D.

Place of Manufacture

Lazio (probably), Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 078-079; Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 347; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).


Overall: 111.8 x 63.5 x 47 cm, 357.43 kg (44 x 25 x 18 1/2 in., 788 lb.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens


The Ancient World