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Fragment of wall-decoration

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It depicts a male head in profile facing the right. Traces of red remain on the face. The details are painted in black. He wears an elaborate wig. There is an asp on his forehead.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way



Height x width: 11.7 x 10.1 cm (4 5/8 x 4 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief