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Drusus Senior, brother of Emperor Tiberius

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The portrait was long thought to represent the young Tiberius, but is now considered to be his brother, Nero Drusus, who was born in 38 and died in 9 B.C. The head was probably carved around the year 18 B.C., when Nero Drusus was elected to the office quaestor, when he was 20 (five years...

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Provenance

By 1888: with Pirani (said to have been found in Rome); sold by Pirani to R. Lanciani (who said it very likely came from Civita Lavinia); purchased by MFA from R. Lanciani,1888, for $491.89 (this is the total purchase price for MFA 88.346–530)

Credit Line

Everett Fund

Roman, Early Imperial Period, about 18 B.C.

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 332; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 114 (additional published references).

Dimensions

41 x 17 cm (16 1/8 x 6 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

88.346

Medium or Technique

Marble, from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture