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Fragment of a triumphal relief: head of a soldier (a signifer or standard bearer)

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The relief is broken irregularly on all edges, with a piece sticking up behind the head. The relief fragment of a triumphal scene, perhaps from the triumphal arch of the Emperor Claudius, in Rome, shows the helmeted head of a Roman soldier (a Signifer or standard-bearer). The soldier's helmet...

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By date unknown: in the Piazza Sciarra in Rome (drawn there by Pierre Jacques in 1577); ? date unknown: from an old British collection (the Duke of Buccleuch?); by date unknown: with Spink & Son, Ltd., 5, 6 & 7 King Street, St. James's, London, S.W. 1; 1952: purchased by Peter Wilson of Sotheby's, London, from Spink & Son, Ltd.; by date unknown: with J. J. Klejman, 982 Madison Avenue, New York; May 1959: purchased from J. J. Klejman by Cornelius C. Vermeule III on behalf of MFA; purchased by MFA from Cornelius C. Vermeule III, June 9, 1959, for $ 1,275.00 (this is the total price for 59.336 and 59.337)

Credit Line

Charles Amos Cummings Bequest Fund

Roman, Imperial, Later Julio-Claudian or Trajanic,

Place of Manufacture

Rome, Lazio, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 237; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 112 (additional published references).


Height x width: 33.5 x 33.5 cm (13 3/16 x 13 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble, Italian or possibly Pentelic


The Ancient World