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Domitian (Emperor A.D. 81-96) is the subject of this life-sized portrait, probably made about A.D. 69-75 when his father Vespasian and his brother Titus were co-emperors. The large ears, the fleshy eyes with small upper lids and heavy lower ones, and the style of the hair around the ears show...

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By 1888: with Alessandro Fausti (said to have been found at Frascati, in the ruins of Domitian's villa Tusculum; later in the municipal collection at Frascati); purchased from Alessandro Fausti by R. Lanciani; purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani, 1888, for $493.92 (this figure is the total price of MFA 88.538–88.644 and 89.9–89.31)

Credit Line

Benajmin Pierce Cheney Donation

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 69–75, reworked from a portrait of A.D. 64–68

Place of Manufacture

Tusculum, Lazio, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 345; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 115 (additional published references).


35 x 17 cm (13 3/4 x 6 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, from Carrara in northwest Italy


The Ancient World